Sadie is my 1.5 yr old GSD...she is dog reactive, but gets along fine with the dogs that are in our home. I took her to obedience classes and that's when I learned of her dog reactivity, well I thought I had her in check. We finished obedience school in April and have gone to one trial and trained off and on at home. She fractured her metacarpal so we had some time off, then we found out she had severe HD so we took some time off, and then I got sick...so we took some time off.
Her metacarpal has healed, started on supplements for the HD and I finally got to the dr for my illness. So we have just recently started working again, her recall has improved, but it is by no means good.
Long story short, Sadie has only been around a few outside dogs since school (trial, trips to pet smart, a couple private training classes) and about three weeks ago my husband and I found a greyhound in need of rescue, so we took her in. I knew it was going to be hard on Sadie.
The initial introduction was AWFUL!! Sadie was violently barking, growling, jumping and not listening to me say NO! So I put her in timeout (pen) while our other dogs socialized normally. After about 15 minutes I brought Sadie out on her prong and lead and corrected every time she was aggressive. Time goes on and they seemingly adjust. There have been few moments since the first few days where Sadie has shown aggression. About a 1.5 weeks ago we began leaving them out together with our other greyhound while we are at work...up until today there have been no issues that we have seen. No bites from fighting, no aggression when we come home, all seemed to be well. Until today....
Thankfully my husband came home today to drop of a trailer and saw that Gypsy (the new greyhound) was bleeding. It wasn't until he got out of the vehicle that he saw how bad it was....there are lacerations on her hind legs, under her front leg, and a massive massive gaping gash on her side (baseball size in diameter). My husband put Sadie in the pen and had to go back to work. Gypsy was not bleeding anymore and my husband could not get her to a vet so he waited until I got home to evaluate her and determine what to do. I decided to get her to the vet first thing in the AM after talking with him. She should be ok...but I am devastated.
How did I let this happen? Was I wrong to leave them out together? What do I do to prevent this from ever, ever happening again? Sadie is incredibly hard headed and has always pushed back on obedience but I thought she was improving...I thought they were ok together...I was so wrong..
The scary thing is: we weren't here and when we are here there seem to be no aggression issues. Do I pen her up? I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it....I just feel horrible....any suggestions are much appreciated.
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