I have a lovely 1 year old maltese called toby, but he gets very aggressive…

I have a lovely 1 year old maltese called toby, but he gets very aggressive when he gets hold of my girlfriends underwear and goes to bite and growls at me, normally he a very shy passive dog who is scared of flies what do i do?

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

Ask him to trade you for it!  What does he like more than the underware?  Hot dog bits?  Liver treats?  As soon as you see he has the underwear, you say in a happy voice, “[his name], trade!”  Then run over to the treat jar, or refrigerator (where ever you keep the really good treats) and make a big deal about pulling out a few treats.  Then you offer him the reward.  To be able to take it he has to drop the underwear.  As soon as he does you tell him how WONDERFUL he is, and drop a bunch… Read more »

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Anonymous
5 years ago

obedience training isn’t a one-and-done sort of thing. it needs to be reinforced frequently. sounds like you need to practice it more.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

first: stop allowing him access to laundry.  remove the stimulus and the behavior should stop.

second: does he have any foundation obedience training?  i would work on “drop it” and “leave it” instead of removing the item from his mouth.