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Help out there? I'm gus's mom and i'm sitting here in tears. Here's our story. My 11 month old that we got from a breeder in maine has had nothing but problems from the start. He was on a raw diet(SOJO's) + nupro after weaning. We thought he was weak in the hind end when we got him home to ny . When we picked him up he would moan.One day he held up his rear leg, squealing. One vet diagnosed panosteitis. Took him to our orthopedist and xrays confirmed fractures in rear leg and possible rib. He had "ghost bones" The nutritionist at Cornell said that he was not getting enough nutrients in the raw diet. They did the calculations. His bones were so thin . 5 days in the hospital and he came home to six weeks recouperating so not much chance to socialize. We bought him a houndabout dog stroller (Great product!) to get him out about the neighborhood. We switched to food that was recommended by cornell and he's now strong and healthy. This pup was born the same day that my sweet golden,Colby ,died at six years to cancer. My goldens are my forever friends no matter what. HE's the most beautiful boy but here's the worst of all. He turns agressive . Most of the time he's just sweet but he cowers when you pat him over the head,has food agression,toy possesiveness. growls when cornered . In obedience class we were sitting on either side of him and my husband was petting him and it started with the eyes looking up sideways and the low growl. The trainer said for me to stand up and give corrections with the prong collar and to keep doing it every time he snapped at me . This was making it alot worse. Two other trainers were there and will talk to me tonight at class about what they think, My feeling is that he was hurting so much as a puppy that he equates certain situations with pain. He probably was hurt by the other puppies trying to get his food in the whelping pen and it hurt when he was picked up so coming over him stresses him. They think that electronic collar training may help. He gets loads of exercise and is easily trainable. Our vet is working with us but we're at a loss. Please help out if you can. You know how these guys tug at our heartstrings. Thanks.
 

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I am so sorry to hear this I don't have much experience but I am sure someone else might help you with your questions....please keep us updated

good luck
 

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Others will probably have better ideas but, seeing what a rough start he had in life it may take him a little longer to trust. I'm sure if you are patient and loving he will come around. I'm not so sure I like the idea of the prong. Just me..... I always go with the love thing.
 

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I'm so sorry you have gone through so much with him. It is good to get proffessional assistance but you must go with your gut, too. Maybe popping the leash hurts!

What did your breeder say about the bones thing? That does not sound right. Welcome to the forum, you'll get lots of good advice. We love to see pictures, too!
 

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iI'm so sorry you are going through this. It has to be an awful experience. I wish I had some advice. If you don't mind me asking, which breeder did you get him from? I live in Maine and am just curious. I am familiar with a few breeders around here.
 

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What is your dogs pain status right now? Is he on meds? Any steroids?
Is your trainer(trainers) aware of his pain issues?

IMHO there is nothing like pain to totally change a dogs disposition.
Then add in a lack of socialization during the first 20 weeks and bingo you can get a dog with some pretty severe behavioral issues.

Where in NY are you located....I am not a big fan of treating aggression issues with force. Hopefully someone here can help you get hooked up with a behaviorist that deals wtih the challenges of aggression.
 

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GET SPECIALIST HELP!! You nee to get your dog to a certified Animal Behavorist. There is one right in Ithaca at Cornell where you went for hte orthopedic issue. Her name is Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., DACVB, CAAB Tel - 607-253-3450

I do not mean to knock your "trainers", I am sort of one myself, but most of the trainers I know are not capable of dealing with this type of issue. I think an electronic collar is a TERRIBLE idea in this situation, and I do train for some field work using them so I do think they have their uses but this is not one.
I am so sorry you and your pup have had such a tough time of it.
Good Luck!
 

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I agree with Hank that a behaviorist is your best route at this time.

It sounds to me like he has missed out on some important socialization because of his health issues, plus he probably has a lot of fear issues because of what he has had to go through. A behaviorist will help not only him, but you. And that is an important step in rehabilitation for your boy.

A shock collar would most likely be the undoing of your dog at this point in his life. He is just a baby still who has had a lot going on in his life. I hope you get some help from a behaviorist so that you can start enjoying him and not worrying about him all the time. I know that would make you so happy, and so much less stressed.

Good luck!
 

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Great information Hank.

I am sorry you are having such issues with your pup. Getting a animal behavorist like Hank said is the way to go. Has he been seen lately by the specialist that helped you to begin with? Maybe there is another health issue causing some of it. It does sound like he is might be in some pain. When they hurt their personality can change so much. Hopefully with help and socialization he will get better. Good luck and let us know what happens and how he is doing.
 

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GET SPECIALIST HELP!! You nee to get your dog to a certified Animal Behavorist. There is one right in Ithaca at Cornell where you went for hte orthopedic issue. Her name is Katherine A. Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., DACVB, CAAB Tel - 607-253-3450

I do not mean to knock your "trainers", I am sort of one myself, but most of the trainers I know are not capable of dealing with this type of issue. I think an electronic collar is a TERRIBLE idea in this situation, and I do train for some field work using them so I do think they have their uses but this is not one.
I am so sorry you and your pup have had such a tough time of it.
Good Luck!
This is absolutely the best advice! I sincerely hope you act on it.
 

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I wholeheartedly agree with Hank. Please don't use force on your poor boy. He sounds like he has been through so much and you love him and want the best thing for him.
Good Luck and let us know how it goes with the behaviorist. Please don't use the shock collar!
 

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I'd like to know what the "breeder" has to say about the broken bones.....Sounds to me like the poor thing was kicked like a football.
 
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