Rommel is a 10-month old German Shepherd who shares a home with 2 senior Jack Russell Terriers, Abby and Zoey. Rommel, being a youngster, wants to play with Abby and Zoey, but they want no part of him. It has gotten to the point that whenever Rommel even moves Zoey growls and snaps to keep Rommel away, and it has caused a very upsetting household. Today we taught Rommel the Leave It command which his owners will use when he starts bothering the other dogs, and we worked on desensitizing and counterconditioning the other dogs so they are not so anxious when Rommel is around.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI