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if a small dog hates you is there anything you can do to change his attitude? tried the obvious things (treats, food, walks and what not)?

as soon as I come around he starts barking and will not stop. he will take food from me but you can tell he's afraid and as soon as he is done he starts growling and barking. it's my cousins dog but I'm at her house a lot and it's getting kind of annoying. any help would be appreciated. thanks.

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How about you tell her to put her dog in a room somewhere. I find that is very rude. If you know you have a dog that either doesn't like people or is always jumping on people knocking them over you need to put them in a separate room. What if you're visitor doesn't even like dogs, that is so inconsiderate. I'm sure she would understand if you just explain the situation to her. She can also help fix it herself. If she sees the dog is growling at you then she needs to put it in a room for a time out. Then take the dog out again after about a minute or two. If the dog does it again put it back in the room. The dog will eventually see that when it barks at people it cannot be in the room with its owner and everyone else. Cesar Mellon has done this for multiple dogs, most owners will just sit and watch their dog act crazy. She needs to take control of the situation it is HER dog after all.

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Some of the things you can do if a small dog does not like you include, understanding its mood, respecting its space and obedience training. Dogs need discipline, exercises and affection. Show the dog your affection. Go to http://www.menshealth.com/dogs/9-lessons-from-the-dog-whisperer2.php for tips.

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Don't get in the dog's space until he knows you better. When you are able to touch him, message his shoulders gently. This is very relaxing to a dog.

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Most little dogs aren't like that, they never get comfortable with others and only bond with one to two people.
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Try the massage thing on any dog. Some get so relaxed they kind of slide to the floor. It's too funny.
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