Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Long Beach, California
Please Help!! I'm Terrified!
I need help with my 17 month old female, Kimber.
We've had her for about 6 months and have had some issues from the beginning. At first she refused to walk through a door, it took a while but we were able to get her to finally come inside. She still has a few issues with it, but not all that often. As well, from the get go she would freak out at other dogs, like major meltdowns, pulling, lunching, growling, barking, hair staining, the works. She even does it when she see's another dog, squirrels, cats and sometimes small children through the window. The aggression is out of control, she has also started getting aggressive with other dogs when they come to visit, she will harass them until they leave, biting at their legs, jumping on them, trying to take their legs out, chasing them all over, barking when they try to ignore, the list goes on.
It has gotten so bad that when walking her when we encounter another dog, I turn and walk away, but she still freaks out. Her safety bubble changes everyday, so I have tried that option, you never know when she is going to freak on another dog. She has even recently gotten very aggressive with our chickens, I understand it is her natural instinct but she wasn't like that before, they used to cuddle!! And now she won't even let them relax in their run, she just barks at them.
Today it got even worse, I was loading up the car and when I opened the door Kimber pushed me out of the way and ran after a dog walking by. When she got to the dog she attacked it, she bit the dog and flung it around like a rag doll. The dog seemed to be ok, but I was in tears and so was the dogs owner. We were both terrified, it was one of the scariest situations of my entire life and I never want it to happen again.
I don't want to have to leave her in the backyard all the time, I want Kimber to be able to come with me places, but i can't even take her down the street without a freakout.
A little background Kimber, she was a rescue from a friend who had to move into a small apartment. She grew up with another dog and the former owner said she was socialized, but I have noticed that he does play with her pretty aggressively. He also mentioned very briefly that towards the end of him having her she stayed with his father-in-law that left her outside all the time, never walked her and had other dogs that would beat-up on her a bit.
I am not sure what to do, I have tried everything I can think of, harnesses, choke chains, prong chains (she didn't even flinch), gentle leader, we have been working with a trainer, but nothing seems to be working. I have been told to try a shock collar, but I don't really like the idea of a shock collar and I hated trying the prong chain, i think it's cruel. But i don't know what else to do!
Please help me, I have no idea what to do. She doesn't really listen to anything anymore unless she wants to. I don't even want to walk her anymore, I don't want a dog like this. I want her to come when I call her, stay when I say to, be calm on the leash, and certainly never attack another dog!