It sounds like you're not being alpha enough and he thinks he is the alpha...just something I've heard from trainers on dog shows. Some dogs need a firm alpha figure to shun those aggressive behaviors. Reminds me of the lady who had a pit that chewed off her arm recently when she tried to break up a fight her dog was involved it. I am sure she treated her dog like a baby...and that might've been the problem.
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I wouldn't just assume that. In fact I try to assume very little, when I am not a part of a dogs daily life.
I've owned dogs that would never bite, even if held in the air by their toes.
Dogs that could be pushed to bite, if you were not someone that they were fully bonded with. And lastly dogs that could not be trusted, with anyone other than my husband, and I.
All the dogs started out with the same training methods. But you have to adjust to the dog you own, not the dog you owned in years past.
Yes, you can spoil a dog, and some will take it to extremes, if given the option. That does not mean it will lead to a bite with every dog.
I don't really think of us as alpha, even though we are clearly the boss. I want my dogs, to want to work for me. To be fair to them, and enjoy us working as a team.
To get that we have to be consistent in our training, and them have a clear understanding of the rules.
It can't be okay part of the time, and not others. This is just confusing to them.
While some dogs need more rules, and training in place to live with us. The training does not need to be harsh. If we lashout, the dog learns our actions can't be trusted. This in no way means, I am a treat only trainer. Just that there needs to be a balance in your training methods.
When it comes to dog bites, it's best worked out between the family, a behaviorist, and the breeder.