|Purred: Wed Jun 3, '09 8:18pm PST |
|I understand your feelings. Who knows why she reacts that way to just you? If we could get into dogs' minds, it would be so much easier, wouldn't it? And it is possible that even though you think you are calm-assertive, that you really are not. This has taken me awhile to figure out myself.
Still I believe you are doing the right thing by continuing to clean in front of her kennel. And it's true that you need to bring in and project leadership energy, "calm-assertive". Perhaps what Cesar would do would be to stay there in front of her kennel and wait for her to calm down. I have seen him position himself to the side to avoid direct eye contact, kneel down, and just wait it out until the dog calms down completely, and then get up and walk away.
Of course you are not Cesar, and not trained to go in there like Cesar does, but you can at least make a point by not moving away, and your energy will communicate you mean no harm, and the dog will relax. We've seen many times on his show, of him stopping by dogs behind the fence in the neighborhood, and waiting until the barking/aggression stops, and then move on.
There are some helpful and specific suggestions in his book "Be the Pack Leader", especially in the Appendix, like Facing an Aggressive Dog, and Claiming Space. If you don't have any of his books or Mastering Leadership DVDs, make sure you order them as soon as you can. You can go to cesarmillaninc.com and click on Products.
Let us know how you are doing, okay?
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