Biting Elmo the Australian Shepherd
I was hoping that someone can give me direction with my 6-year-old Australian Shepherd. Elmo has a bad habit of seeking attention by taking anything loose around the house and grabbing it. To get him to release he is usually given a treat. It's typical for him to seek out the remote control lately.
In any event the other day Elmo approached me and he received the typical petting on the head and under his chin. I was sitting on the couch and not noticing that the remote was by my side. All of a sudden and without warning Elmo became aggressive and started to attack me (biting me bad on my hand). I had no warning that this was about to happen. So now I need to address this behavior. Besides now no longer giving treats for the release of items is their anything else that I can do to avoid this situation in the future? Elmo also has food aggression which we'll handle by not approaching him when he is eating.
Any help is appreciated.