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Old 12-13-2018, 01:10 PM
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My dog seems scared

Sorry if this is the wrong place to put it in, but I think it kind of falls under behavior.

Hi, My dog recently bit someone in my family, and another family member yelled at him for it, Which made him afraid to sleep in his normal spot. Now today he will not allow me to put him on a runner: when I give him the command to let him know that I'll be attempting to do so he growls, and shows signs that he will bite if I come near. I tried tempting him with treats, and reassuring him that I wasn't angry with him, but he doesn't seem to trust me being near him. He did listen to my command to tell him to go potty, but that's it I would really just like to know what I can do to make him trust me again it's very upsetting to think I would have to give him away over something like this.

It wasn't his fault that he bit them, so my family member was wrong for yelling at him. They tried to put the runner on him while he was eating, And everyone knows you shouldn't come near a dog's food while they are eating.

If it helps any my dog is a Cane Corso


TLDR; My dog was yelled at which made him scared and now he is growling at me when I try to put him on his runner, and I don't know what to do. He is currently outside and it's almost been two hours.
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What a difficult situation! How old is your dog? How long have you had him?

When you say "runner," do you mean a harness or a leash?

Do you need to move him or can you leave him where he's at? It sounds like his stress level is very high right now. If you can leave him be and let him cool down, I would.
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What a difficult situation! How old is your dog? How long have you had him?

When you say "runner," do you mean a harness or a leash?

Do you need to move him or can you leave him where he's at? It sounds like his stress level is very high right now. If you can leave him be and let him cool down, I would.
Hi, thanks for your reply.

It's a leash but for inside. I guess I could leave him outside, but he really is an inside dog, and I would hate to have him sleep outside tonight. He is 18 months and, I've had him for 16 months.
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I am also unclear about what a "runner" is.

Is this a line that he drags inside? What is it attached to? What is it used for?

When you say a family member yelled at him, what exactly did they do? Did he possibly feel threatened by it? Is he possibly still feeling threatened? Is there any chance he is injured in a way that is making him more sensitive to be touched?
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Old 12-15-2018, 04:57 AM
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I would take him to the vet because being yelled at should really not be enough to cause what you are describing.


Why do you need a 'runner' though? Can you use gates instead?


Also, I would look into a behaviorist asap.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:35 AM
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I think the OP may be talking about a drag leash. Wanted to add that of coarse its probably impossible to tell online, but this might not actually be fear. Its possible a conflict of sorts has been started with dog- in other words dog may be meeting aggression with aggression. The dog uses aggression to push back against perceived aggression or unfairness. The dogs way of standing up for itself. We've owned a couple of dogs like that- one was also a mastiff breed. I second and third the notion of getting a good behaviorist or trainer with experience with these types of dogs. Just another possibility.
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Several thoughts, first, why is anyone but you correcting your dogs behavior? These are boundaries that no one, even family members should cross. Next, did you actually see what happened? From your description of the event and your dogs reaction, it would seem a lot more went on than a shouted reprimand. My guess would be someone got physical with him, which would account for his fear now. trust isn't something you can acquire quickly, its something that must be earned over a period of time, and can, in some cases take a long time to build, or rebuild. I would treat him with kindness and gentleness, and keep whoever reprimanded him away from him, for now and maybe permanently.
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Seek a professional dog behaviorist before things escalate any further. You have a large breed dog at his "teenage" period.
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@Lumie,

How's everything going? Any update?
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