06-16-2018, 11:48 AM
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Need help with 10 year old Beagle mix with aggression issues.
Hello, first time poster. It has come to this, I am in desperate need of help. I came across (long story) adopting a beagle (possible coonhound, we're not sure) mix in may of 2009. He is an awesome dog and I love him very much. However, over the years he has developed aggression issues. I may attribute this to his lack of socialization with other people or even leaving the house very rarely. He is OK with other dogs but his main issue, and the reason I am posting this, is that he has bitten people upon entering my house. It is awful, embarrassing event of which I am truly ashamed of. Thankfully it was minor incidents and the person afflicted was cool about it. But now I have no idea what to do.
When people do come over (which is very rare because if this reason) I usually place him in my bedroom with a peanut buttered kong... but he knows what's up and simply barks by the door the whole time. I feel AWFUL doing it, but simply the only way I can 100% avoid another potential bite from happening when someone must come over (again, which is rare). I have thought of working on this with him but the potential consequence of a bite occurring has essentially deterred me.
I have since had the attitude of "that's just the way he is, and I have to do whatever I can to avoid another bite from happening". I hate it and it feels wrong, but that's why i'm posting here. If there is any advice anyone can give me, I (and Nugget) would greatly appreciate it. I know he's an older dog, but I understand this dude can live a long life and would hate for it to be lived this way if avoidable. Open to all suggestions, and thank you all in advance.