Any of you NFPS's adopt a warm, uber-cute fuzzy, of the canine descent.. only to find that a demon resided within?
I have a 1 yr. old boxer. Got him at 7 weeks. He potty trained and crate trained very quickly. He also picked up all the basic commands; sit, stay, down, shake, along with others like "no kitty" "toy" "ball" "Barney bear" "outside" "treat" "no bite" etc. It's actually amazing how many words they will pick up! I saw this video clip of a dog that had memorized over 100 words, specifically to different toys. Point being, they are smart. Perhaps, much smarter than we give them credit for. Anyhow, on with the demon like tendencies.
My dog hates, loathes, despises other people. He is totally cool with all other animals. Never showing any agression to our cat, or other dogs. Just a big-fat-playful baby. Until other people show up.
And it doesn't matter if that other person is a shady looking guy, a 70 yr old grandma, or a child.. he HATES them, instantly growling, barking, or whatever else he can muster up to be an asshole.
So right about now your thinking poor socialization right? I would be too. EXCEPT that we have taken him around other people his entire life! When he was really little, I'm talken 2-3 months.. he hesitated with others and would only come with me and my family. RIght by our side. When others would try to pet him and give him treats.. he'd hesistate, take the treat, and run back under our legs. We just kept taking him around others.. but as he got older he started to bark and show hostility. This made it dificult because not too many people want to approach a barking frothing boxer, and I dont blame them! So eventually we had to muzzle him in public. Still we tried to take him around people.. I'd bring treats and constantly reward him when he didnt bark at people. Correct him when he did. I ask people to slip the treat through his muzzle, which again didn't happen much because he'd lunge at them as they approached.
So here's my question. Is it possible that a dog can just genuinely hate people, despite training and socialization? We've racked our brain on what else to do. My vet suggested PROZAC! I really, really don't want to dope my dog up to function. I wonder if being an NFP, and you know us NFP's can have a hard time disciplining.. if I have some how inadvertently created the behavior by spoiling him rotten?
All suggestions welcome.