My 3 year old toy poodle, bailey, is currently having behaviour issues. He is well trained and …

My 3 year old toy poodle, bailey, is currently having behaviour issues. He is well trained and we have even had a trainer not too long ago but despite all of this he is continuously going through phases a misbehaving/reactivity. These phases started to occurred since he was about 1. During a phase he typically gets very possessive aggressive, temperamental, reactive and starts to ignore all of his commands! Does anyone have any tips to help or stop these phases all together?

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Sarah
10 days ago

Good morning. One of our shepherds used to get this way from time to time. It turns out that even though we are consistent, with him we had to be extremely diligent and consistent. Any change in routine would set him a little off. So for us it was a long road of patience and repetition. And walks. A LOT of walks. Going for a leashes walk where you are in charge is like a reset button in my humble opinion. It reminds them that you are higher in the pack order. The key is to catch the unwanted behavior… Read more »

Laura
10 days ago

In the short term, look into Nothing In Life is Free (NILF). I agree with Sarah, there’s likely something setting this off. Try to keep logs of what happens to cause these relapses, so you can figure out how to avoid them in the future. I’d also love to know more: -Do you have any other animals in the house? How about children? -Is he intact? -What sort of training do you do on a regular basis, beyond basic commands? -What sort of grooming routine do you have with him? -When was his last bloodwork done, and when you had… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by Laura
Laura
9 days ago
Reply to  Leah

What’s your normal training routine? And you’ve gotta advocate for your dog – he’s very small, children are usually larger than toy poodles and often don’t respect their space. Eventually chances are he’ll bite one of the kids if they aren’t respecting his space.

This might mean separating him from the kids. It might mean crating when you can’t be there to supervise 100% of the time.

Laura
8 days ago
Reply to  Leah

Oof, yeah. That may explain quite a bit. Is this is first ever seizure? I hope you get some answers.

Laura
8 days ago
Reply to  Leah

Definitely let us know. I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts.

Laura
5 days ago
Reply to  Leah

Did they do a full thyroid panel?