How to train people?
So I adopted a cranky dog. He has a history of biting, snarling, snapping and being destructive. Most of the time he is charming but a little reserved. I don't mind. I believe he will get it with proper training and a firm hand and I have the time. My problem is "those other people". I don't have a busy household, no children, a big yard out in the country, few visitors or neighbors. All of this is why I took on a challenging dog (I doubted anyone else would want him). But now that he is here and I am working him through the problems the few people that come over have all sorts of conflicting ideas about how to manage a dog. They are "dog" people. What they do works fine for their pets but this guy is a different kind of animal. I can't find the words to correct these people and their ideas of how to behave around this dog. What do you say besides, "That's exactly how you get bitten" or "I'd prefer you NOT do that with my dog!" They don't take my warnings seriously until they get snapped at and then they tell me to send this dog back, he isn't worth saving. It's exasperating.