Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Mel hates everything
That may an exaggeration, but I bet he's in the top group. I didn't make him this way, he was given to me like that.
For those of you who don't know, here's a little back story – Mel first arrived at my door around 8 p.m., about five years ago. The woman next door begged me to take him off her hands because she couldn't take it. I grabbed him out of her arms and he immediately decided I belonged to him, because he tried to mark his territory (i.e. pee on me).
This little sweetie had already lived in four homes before he even turned a year old... no shots, not neutered, horrible care and major abuse. Needless to say, my heart melted and I took him in.
The first sign of trouble was when he caught fleas. He's allergic, like most dogs are, and broke out in a rash. Apparently, he would rather be itchy because when I tried to put cream on him, he tried to bite me.
I've tried everything: watching dog training shows, reading books, positive reinforcement, treats, behavior specialists and private lessons. I would have continued with regular classes, but was told by the instrutor that we would need an "in-home" trainer. Don't get me wrong, he is MUCH better than he was when I first got him.
With all that being said, little Mel can be the sweetest little guy ever. He loves to sit on your lap, is great in the car, loves his doggy bag... but, do something he doesn't approve of and you better be faster than he is!
As seen in the photo: This is the look right before the bite comes.
Things Mel hates:
• Grooming, especially the hair dryer and nail clippers
• Being moved from "his seat"
• People other than his "mom and dad"
• Anyone being too close to his "mommy"
• Other animals
• Loud noises or sudden movements
• Crawling on the floor
• Getting a check-up
• His sister's getting "his attention"
• You name it, Mel hates it
The truth is, that many of his "hates" come from fear. It took me about a month to convince him that belts weren't scary. It's actually very sad, but also a little frustrating. He's much better than he used to be and doesn't even have to get muzzled at the vet's office anymore.
Mel's a little stinker, but I love him.