I've put off posting this because I was hoping it would pass with normal day to day training and handling, but I'm afraid I'm becoming desperate.
First let me say that Bear spoiled me. He is well mannered and laid back. He has only put his teeth on me once and that was the day he was neutered and I tried to move him and hurt him.
Then I got Goldy. The day I got her we went to the vet and she acted like a complete rabid dog. She growled, snapped, bit and screamed. I started working with her more at home - putting her on the kitchen counter (like the vet's table) and moving her around, etc and she started doing much better.
Two weeks ago she was trying to eat cat poop outside and when I went to pick her up and turn her around to redirect her, she grabbed my hand and bit so hard she drew blood.
When we went to the vet today for shots, she was fine until the vet tech held her still for the vet to examine her - she went nuts again. Not a noise or movement during the shot, but you could tell she would bite if she could.
The vet had a talk with me and gave me the number of a "come to your house" animal behaviorist.
I am absolutely willing to do the work and have been trying here at home. I can now take anything out of her mouth without any aggression, but any time I try to restrain her to look in her ears or wipe her eyes she flips out, growling, snapping and screaming. I think she sees me as the pack leader because if she's on the floor and I crowd her/stand over as if I want the spot she is in, she moves.
My problem is this: WHEN she is being aggressive, what do I do? I mean IN the moment. Should I do the flip her over thing? Should I grab her collar and pull her into a down position (which by the way makes her SUPER crazy)?
90% of the time she's fine - calm, friendly (she's not aggressive towards people, other dogs, etc), but when she's not fine, she scary.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.