Shane is now 15 mos old and has issues with aggressive and fearful behavior. This is displayed towards other dogs and strangers. When he was two months old he escaped from our x-pen and was loose at campgound. Another camper found him but was pretty rough with him, holding him by the scruff of his neck and swatting at him because he was nipping at her.
I know that he should have been socialized with puppy classes at an earlier age but due to unfortunate conditions resulting from Hurricane Katrina and the lack of available classes at the optimal time he wasn't able to attend any classes.
He started a beginner class this past Monday and it was a disaster. He was barking, growling and lunging at all the smaller dogs. He was less aggressive towards the larger dogs in the class. He barked and growled at the trainer and her assistant.
The trainer thinks I should keep bringing him and that he may relax by being around the other dogs. I'm not so sure. I am going to consult a specialist for dogs with problem behaviors.
He is so sweet and loving at home, never bites my husband or I but does bark at guests. I have two other cavaliers and neither of them display this behavior.
I really want to help him over come his fears but am at a loss as what else I can do. I am going to try to bring him to work with me as often as possible and take him out to shops where he is allowed, also trips in the car just to see other people.
Any other ideas are welcomed!