I am in need of advice. I have a 7 1/2 month old tri-colored male pup (Ziggy) who has not had the same intensitiy of training as his older 'sister' who is 5 years old due to a variety of cirmcumstances. We got him in June and he is neutered and very kind in a lot of ways.
He has become very aggressive when you attempt to do anything regarding his feet! We are having a very wet day here in Colorado and when the dogs came in from their roaming I wanted to wipe those now black feet. He basically just went balistic. This has been a 'pet peeve" of his for a bit, but today was over the top.
Needless to say, I did not let him get away with it and amongst the snarling and gnashing of teeth, continued to wipe his feet and reprimand his bad behavior even though he did get me one time.
Do I continue to work with his feet in a variation of desensitzing him even if it means putting on a muzzle to keep from getting bitten? Is this just a part of that teenage defiant phase?
I know that this breed isn't very happy about their feet and I will admit that he has not had a routine of nail clipping at all. The last time they were done was when he was neutered in September and of course, he was under the influence of drugs.:)
Our girl ,Zoe,would NEVER even think of curling a lip at anything and this guy, while very submissive to her, has me a bit worried.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I don't want anyone to get bitten, especially my grandsons who are used to Zoe's great personality. That's one of the reasons that we added Ziggy to our family.Thanks so much.