Zoe Stairmand

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Zoe Stairmand
Posted 20th January 2015
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I own a 3 year old male Cocker Spaniel called Arthur. Who at 1 years old developed aggressive tendencies. Though slight at first, the gradually escalated, unit it became very stressful to take him out of the house. He approached every dog that he met as a challenge to his superiority, and would snarl and attack when unprovoked and would even begin to see men in this light too. I approached Pawpounders on recommendation, for advice on how best to turn this behaviour around.Initially we addressed how my behaviour was sending Arthur signals that forced him to believe it was his decision on how best to deal with anyone we met. I learnt how to let Arthur know that I am the alpha in our little pack of 2, so that he should look to me for how to behave. Also, we decided that it would be beneficial for Arthur to be forced to socialise with other dogs – something I was very nervous about. However, he now attends Pawpounders one morning a week where he effectively has joined a pack with strongly demonstrated codes of conduct. Under the leadership of the Pawpounders staff, he has found his place in the group, and behaves properly. This has effectively broke the escalation of his aggressive behaviour, which I would have not had the confidence to do on my own. Our problems are still not fixed, as he still constantly striving to be the aggressive little alpha dog that he things he should be, but with Pawpounders help, I now know how to lean him away from this behaviour and love others to help me with this process and boy is he tired on a Friday Afternoon!

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