05-17-2018, 07:58 PM
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I rescued a 10 month old female giant schnauzer "Bailey" that was going to be euthanized for the same behavior you mentioned above. She was kicked out of puppy class and the vet labeled her aggressive and recommended the euthanasia after she had prescribed prozac. ugh I noticed when I took her places she barked at adults like she wanted to play but was not sure. With children it was more stay away bark and she would snap her teeth together. She was raised with a 8-10 year old boy.
I began with teaching her leave it...on my web site, on the articles page, you can download my post on "leave it" in doc format. or you can read it in the notes section on my facebook page.
I would make a flirt pole to play with him with to help build his confidence, work off pent up energy and work his brain. Praise him for everything he does that you like. Make it a positive big deal. Teach him he does not have to be defensive over anything, that you are their to protect him.
Something happened during that year and he learned this behavior was the only way to react to it. All you have to do is teach him he no longer has to behave that way. It did not take Bailey long to learn not all children will hurt her and she now barks aware she is playing and when asked to stop she does.
A dog can sense your energy so if you are afraid of a behavior at a specific time they will feed of that energy. You don't have to worry just be prepared to tell him leave it and turn around.