I have a 3-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff named Baxter, and he keeps on biting me! I really don't want to get of Baxter, but I have holes all up and and down my right arm from that dang mutt. Should I take him to an animal trainer, or take away his Beggin' Strips, or what?
I don't want to try biting him back. I really don't want to hurt the thing. He's still basically a puppy.
At three-years-old, he's NOT a puppy. If he's putting actual holes in your arm, I'd recommend putting him to sleep before he seriously injures someone. If he's just pushing you around, you MIGHT be able to train him, but Neos are extremely strong and stubborn.
You may need a professional trainer to help you with this, but let me warn you. Many of the people charging big bucks as "trainers" are not very good and may have no more experience than you do – especially with aggression problems. Ask you local vet for a recommendation. Make sure you check out references from their satisfied customers who had aggressive dogs. Check with the BBB for complaints. Look for a trainer who is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals web site at www.dogpro.org, which allows you to search for trainers in your state. Their requirements for trainers to join are very stringent. And DON'T send your dog away to be trained. It's a waste of money – you can't build a relationship with a dog that doesn't live with you.