As I have mentioned, Boomer is a rough case! I know enough of his history, to know that he could have been a statistic, instead of a wonderful little scared guy!
The biggest problem I have with him, is that, since I am an experienced behaviorist of dogs in all conditions, I have done what I know is correct for me to do to gain his respect! I am his leader, and could stick my head in his mouth, if it would fit, (and if that thought wasn't so disgusting); and he would not bite me. I have gained his trust, and he will pretty much do what I ask of him! What about the rest of the people in my life? That is where the problem lies, and even my roommate, who has dozens of years experience working with these dogs, has a certain fear of him! That is not good, and I have a rather depressed friend (and roommate) to show for it! She is "mom" to him, but, he hasn't gained the trust in her leadership qualities, and he plays it out for all it's worth! For the most part, all I can do is advise her, just as if she was a client of mine. I can figure out what makes a dog tick, but it is always up to the owner to take the advise, and hopefully empower themselves with the tools I give them.
But...like I mentioned earlier, this is that much harder, because for better or for worse, I have committed to this little guy, and must succeed with him, or I am doing him a terrible disservice! If Boomer had his way, he would be very content to live in a cave with "daddy"! Not really my idea of a perfect life!
I am very interest in your stories, that relate to any experiences you might have had! I do listen to other "behaviorist", and always listen to new techniques. The fact is, I enjoy speaking to anyone that might have some insight for me. Lets hear your stories! Please? You needn't be a professional to have something important to add to the blog! Experience is everything! Tell us about yours!