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Posted by: Anonymous | 2010/02/24

My dog also bites workers!

My gosh, reading Shelly''s post, it feels like I could have written it. I have a similar problem with my 5 1/2 year old german shepherd. The gardener I had never made friends with her as a puppy and used to push her away with the broom and spray her with water from the hosepipe - since then she tries to attack hosepipes - brooms and vacumn cleaners and hates the gardener! She has also bitten him (in front of me) only when I went out to speak to him. Apparently when I am not home she is ok with him, will keep her distance and not worry him at all.

He has since become very ill and left my employment. I have had to employ a new part time gardener and I have had to keep my dog indoors for fear she will attack the new gardener. I take her outdoors on lead for a walk down the road but if she sees the gardener when I return she pulls and barks at him.
How can I get my dog to "  accept"  the new gardener. I understand her reaction is trying to protect me but it is very disturbing.

I had taken her to puppy socialisation when she was young and puppy and dog training with other people and dogs and she was fine.

Thanks in advance

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Dear Anon

Your best option will be to involve a behaviourist that can come to your house.

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Posted by: Cybervet | 2010/02/25

Dear Anon

Your best option will be to involve a behaviourist that can come to your house.

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Posted by: Carol | 2010/02/24

My two boxers were teased and chased with a rake ..thanks to that individual I now have two excellent watchdogs!!!!!!

I dont have a full time gardener, but when the part time guy comes I simply lock my dogs up.

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