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Old 08-24-2017, 10:44 AM
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Dog Doesn't Like FiancÚ - is it normal?

We've had Bailey for 2 weeks now. I know it takes a bit to get adjusted, but I'm looking for similar "it happened to me" stories to quell worries that the dog doesn't like my fiancÚ. He is the pack leader- we both discipline but he's the leader and it's clear. This week I'm in Las Vegas for a conference all week and he's now saying the dog and him aren't getting along- that she fights him every step of the way. He's trying to run her, feed her at the normal times, etc. but she doesn't want to go in her crate with him, she isn't eating well with him or going potty well with him (like she was when I was there) and he's getting really impatient and frustrated.

What advice or stories do you have that are similar? Does it get better?
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What do you mean by discipline and him being the pack-leader?
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I mean he's the pack leader of our family- by discipline I mean he's the strong one who maintains consistency with training
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Just a heads up, this forum isn't the most accepting place for "pack Leader" mentality. It's an old and outdated mentality that is not beneficial to the dog and probably why the dog isn't behaving for your fiance.

Are you using positive reinforcement style training? By that I mean are you making every experience the dog has with you and your fiance a positive experience? For example, your fiance said she isn't going into the crate. How is he asking? Is he yelling and demanding she go in? Or is he throwing a treat in the treat and praising her when she goes in. If she doesn't go in, what is his reaction? For a dog that has a disdain for the crate already demanding or yelling for the dog to get into the crate is not going to create a positive experience or have the dog want to go in.

Also sounds like your fiance is trying too hard to be the 'alpha'. Pet ownership should be about a mutual respect, especially with a dog that comes with some baggage. Sounds like he needs to stop trying to be dominate and earn the dog's trust and respect.
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