I have a very dominant dog. I know he's only 4 pounds. But every tendon, every ligament, every hair on his puny little body is all about owning me.
We had a private consultation for the problem child this evening. A private trainer came over and I really learned a lot. I needed someone to see Chachi in action when we're out on a walk and show me what to do. She taught me proper distraction method and leash technique and gave me activities to practice at home with him. She said leash aggression is a very common problem and she has definitely seen dogs get better..but it depends on the dog, and on how dedicated the owner is to practicing. I am ready to dive in, baby!
Flea is the angel and Chachi the demon seed...but I love them both. I worked so hard with Flea (and continue to keep up our training)...so I know I can work hard with him too (the little asshole), now that I know the specifics I need! It's really been an amazing learning experience having 2 distinctly opposite dogs that require entirely opposite training methods.
I know more about dogs than I ever did!!
And I just bought 2 great dog books online - one being Cesar Millan's first book, which I am devouring. Love that guy. Gonna hit the hay and crack it open again.....