|I adopted my Border Collie at 7 months of age from his breeder in Mississippi. He comes from solid working lines and had been exposed and worked with stock since 2-3 months of age. I purchased him after watching him work and meeting the breeder, parents, talking with other owners of his littermates as well as an uninvolved party who has had extensive experience with Border Collies and had seen a female littermate and was impressed by her. He has been a great dog, bright and fun, with boundless enthusiasm.|
My problem is that he is stranger shy and exhibits fear aggression to other dogs and people though he is completely trustworthy with me, my parents, and their dog. At beginner obedience class which I brought him to the instructors were reluctant to get involved with him and felt that he should not attend basic classes. They then recommended that he attend higher level classes and that anytime he exhibited any form of aggression I should be very rough and "in his face" showing that I would not tolerate this in any fashion. I then spoke with our breeder who recommended an entirely opposite approach with gradual desensitization to new environments, etc. He already accompanies me to numerous places in the car, park, etc. I am committed to helping him work through this.
At first thought, I think the breeder is right. The suggestion to get "in his face" seems nutty to me. What do you think? I am really in need of some advice.