jeremyj said:ladyluck, what do you recommend for Chance's new fear. As I am setting here typing this he just has this look like something is wrong. He is nervous when going in to the front room now, and if I touch him when he isn't looking he jumps. I honestly think that my yelling and my gf's yelling scared him the most. He also wants to sleep in bed with us. What do I need to do to get him back to the way that he was?
I didnt realize that he was a rescue, all I can say is WOW, he has amazing restraint. I wouldnt trust many rescues to behave so well in such a situation.
You have yourself a great dog there
Ok, what you are describing sounds like a fear based issue. First off, I think if you have the financial option, you should consider looking into a behavioral consultant/trainer. Do your RESEARCH though, a bad or ineffective one will be more harm than doing nothing. www.apdt.com is a great place to start your search. Also, call rescue's, vets, etc......get loads of recommendations and VISIT them before hiring them, if they wont let you do that. well, you dont need them (cause really, what have they to hide ) The main reason I say this, is that it is very hard to give advice on the internet when I have never seen the dog or know what exactly sets him off. A qualified professional physically there to observe would be much more effective.
In the meantime, I would recommend the book "Cautious Canine" by Patricia McConnell. She has a very step by step procedure to do a behavioral modification (p.s. even her book recommends getting a specialist in ) This should give you some tools to help you while you find a quality trainer.
Another thing, you will need to take a good look at how you treat him, make sure you are not re-inforcing behaviors you want removed. So no coddling! It is so very hard I do understand, probably much harder for your GF than you Patricia's book "the other end of the leash" explains it best. We are primates and communicate in one way, they are canines and communicate totally different way. So watch your re-inforcements.
You have to remember that you are the Leader (both you and GF) and you must both act calm and confident right now. (again this might be harder for GF than you, I wouldnt sleep a wink anymore if it was my house ) Do not make allowances with his behavior for his fear. I know it sounds harsh, but dogs dont need or want to be coddled, they want to be lead Practice a NILF program, it works with my rescue babies that come in with all kinds of bizarre issues, quickly and non-confrontationally. It might also help your GF get over the shock if she "has" to act calm for the stability of the dog.
Ok, this is looking like a disertation again...sorry. Hope it helps.
BTW....you should call your lawyer or a lawyer about the suit. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row. I have heard (not sure what state though) that it is possible for an intruder to sue (AND WIN) the homeowner. And if he had come into my house, he wouldnt have been concious! I play for keeps! Of course I would have been a basket case for months afterward