Good day followers and others! We are desperate and need help. This is our Rocky! My husband and I are facing a dilemma with our dog, Rocky. His picture is up above. I was bit last night when a piece of onion fell on the floor and our little guy thought he should have the morsel. I placed my foot on the onion, knowing onions aren’t good for little 4-leggeds as well as big 4-leggeds, and he lunged at my toes with his teeth creating a big hurt.

He turns two-years-old in May.

Needless to say, Rocky saw the pen all night long, and I only allowed him to go outside to potty. The next day I set up new rules. Any type of aggressive behavior Rocky would serve jail time in the pen for unacceptable behavior.  He no longer is allowed to be hanging around when we eat. To the pen he goes. He no longer is able to wander in the kitchen when I’m cooking.

He did view the world behind bars quite a few times after the incident. This is not the first time either my husband or I have found Rocky’s teeth imprints on our hands or feet.

We think some of this behavior stems back to his puppy hood. My friend brought her grandchildren over to visit us.  They were all I think in school at the time. I figured Rocky didn’t face any danger with these children, so I gave my attention to my friend. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed one of her granddaughters throwing Rocky in the air like he was a ball. I couldn’t believe their actions. The night of this incident all this puppy did was cry every time he moved. We, meaning my daughter and I because my husband was out of town, visited the vet who gave him an injection. He told me, he didn’t really find anything wrong with Rocky. Rocky quit eating and drinking and twice he had IV fluids. I coaxed him using sugar water to drink and fed him chicken. One little piece at a time.

Another problem, we didn’t realize is we took our puppy home at six weeks. We later read puppies need to stay with their mother until at least seven or eight weeks. When we came to pick Rocky up, he was isolated by the other puppies. He was apathetic, but his brothers pranced and danced around my feet wanting to get picked up.

I believe he became aggressive after we moved to MA. Maybe he was six months old. I don’t really recall. We didn’t have him neutered because we found out once again my husband’s company closed its door.  We moved back to Florida. He was neutered shortly there after. The vet told us his aggressive actions would calm down. Not! He continued with the same behavior.

I want to let you know our dog is like Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He can one minute be licking your hand and the next minute growl or give the evil eye, “Leave me the heck alone.”

The vet suggested we take him to obedience training. Well, he became bored with this and decided he wanted to watch the other dogs. He is not dumb. He is easy to train. He performs many tricks which I taught him.


We followed two suggestions to no avail. One person told us to pick up Rocky by the scuff of his neck off the floor and when he began to cry, drop him. First, of all I couldn’t do this to him. Second, of all, we would have received numerous bites.

For some of you, I realize you might tell us to get rid of the dog. We love him and won’t get rid of him. There are many things we delight in this dog to “Wild Boy” play when he runs through the house like crazy with ears flying back and his little tongue hanging out. His yelps and little tail waggin’ when we arrive home. His always having and wanting to touch us when we are sitting. He is adorable.

Another problem we experience with Rocky is when he barks. He barks at any animal on TV and unfortunately, any African American man. He is prejudice. We are not and never have been prejudice. He loves men vs. women and loves to hang out with them. Why, I don’t know. He was raised in his early puppy years by a woman. We tried sprays of water from the water bottle which reads, “Rocky’s barking bottle.” This didn’t work.

Okay, dog lovers here’s the question. Do any of you have advice for us and our little guy? Please no crank things such as something which would hurt our dog. IT’S NOT HAPPENING!!

I hope someone sends me some suggestions. Thank you in advance. By the way, we can’t afford expensive procedures. Take care. God bless you. sle    










  1. Behavior problems is probably the number reason why a lot of dogs are euthanize, sad to say. I know because I am a former Veterinary Tech. There are a lot of good dog trainers out there and Caesar’s Way seems to be the top one. I would check him out for sure. You can also search online for a trainer in your area. You can even ask your the Veterinary clinic you use. They may able to direct you to someone who can help. You may have to pay someone to work with you and Rocky BUT the alternative is not a road you want to travel down. Best of luck to you and Rocky.

    • Dear Verda!
      Thank you for replying. Tears sprung up as I thought of putting my Rocky down. I’m not going to do this. We love him too much.

      My daughter suggested to turn him over and put our hand around his neck and show him we are dominant. Of course, we would have to wear gloves.

      I may call our vet and ask for a recommendation for a trainer who can help us as well. This I know we will let our little guy live out his life to old age. Just as we have our prior dogs. Our little Mai Li lived to about thirteen, and we had to put her down because of a stroke and a GI bleed. I still morn her death from time to time. We have Rocky, who believe it or not, is a character. I didn’t say he has a little game called “Restless Legs” where he kicks the back of his legs and does this for our reaction and attention. We always react, and he loves it.

      Thank you again. By the way, I read your blog and loved reading about older dogs.Society, as of yet hasn’t decided to put we, older citizens away, so why kill a senior dog? Love them and make their life as good as you possibly can.

      Take care. Bless you.

      • Hi sle
        Yes call your veterinarian. I would not recommend holding him by the neck on his back. You need professional advice. There are positive ways to change his behavior. Yes he needs to know you are the head of his pack. Good luck with Rocky.
        Take care
        PS Let me know how you make out with Rocky. 🙂

      • Hi veda!
        Thank you for your interest. We are going to do our best with our little guy. We love him so much and wouldn’t trade him in for any other dog. Besides this humans are far from perfect and they supposidly have more intellect than a dog. Sometimes I wonder. 🙂

  2. We have a dog who watches T.V. and we encourage it. It makes her happy. Sometimes we look for animal shows just for her. She was line bred and has many problems. She is afraid of the dark, wind, thunder, and sniffs the air when it gets cloudy. She hides after sunset and yes is aggressive, but easily calmed by rubbing the lower parts of her ears. This relaxes her, least for a bit.
    She is 4 1/2. Walking her for a couple miles a day helps her with her energizer bunny attitude.

    • Hi Ruby deares!
      I’m going to try to sratching behing Rocky’s ears. I do walk him when the weather is good, but maybe I need to walk him more.
      Thank you for the suggestions.

      Take care my special friend.
      Love you.

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