Our girl, Shana, was a very young Doberman puppy when she was bitten in the face. As we made progress after that, there were also some off leash dogs that made scary advances towards her just as we were making earlier progress.
Clearly, Shana carried the trauma from the earlier incident, and my not stepping up to make sure she felt more protected. After all she was a confident Doberman female puppy, I wrongly expected her to shrug it off. When things happen to a very young puppy, they can leave an unfortunate and negative imprint on their perception. Combine that with a puppy with strong drives and an iron will, there will be much work to be done, as I have found with Shana. Good news is it can be done, but I have had to become far more creative in my approach with Shana specifically.
Author, Robin Rubin
Owner and Head Dog Trainer in Maine, Robin Katherine Rubin, started her Maine dog training business in September 2004. Our dog training facility is located in Southern Maine in York Beach and we help families enjoy their dogs more, making sure they listen reliably and resolving unwanted behaviors.