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“My dog is not aggressive, it just barks.”

I was hired to evaluate a pair of female Labrador Retrievers that barked when company came in the house. What the dogs really did was to run up barking and charging at the company and one of the dogs actually clamped (bit) down on the shoe of the person entering the home. The owner’s mother in law was bitten in the ankle by one of the dogs. The owner said to me that she never realized that her dog was aggressive. She could never see that side of the dog because of the relationship she had with the dog. She was in shock at the realization. She took control of the dog during training and has never had another situation. Often it takes the realization that the dog is actually aggressive in order for the change to begin.