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Old 12-25-2012, 05:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Do you know what exactly happened with the yorkie? It sounds like what the GSD was doing at your house is same sex/dominance behaviors. So the fact she attacked the make yorkie is odd but GSDs could also easily hurt a dog that small without meaning to. I have had Dharma play with small dogs and I have to call her off because she is simply too rough for them.
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Regardless of what happened with the second Yorkie I would say this is same sex aggression towards your dog. As for the second Yorkie, I would venture a guess that it may well have been prey drive kicking in when she went after him.

I would look for a good experienced home with no other dogs to take her in. There is no need to consider having her PTS. Dog on dog aggression does not translate into human aggression.

In the meantine I would keep these two dogs separated at all times, you need to keep your other one safe it is not fair to let this happen again, If you have to, crate and rotate until you find a suitable home to place her in. Possibly contact some local reputable rescues and ask if they could assist you in helping to find a suitable home.

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Old 12-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Do you know what exactly happened with the yorkie? It sounds like what the GSD was doing at your house is same sex/dominance behaviors. So the fact she attacked the make yorkie is odd but GSDs could also easily hurt a dog that small without meaning to. I have had Dharma play with small dogs and I have to call her off because she is simply too rough for them.
not sure what happened at all, all they said was they walked out of the house/room and GSD went on attack mode. Nearly killed it, they called us from the Vet ER.
I agree finding a home for the retriever would be easier but my wife is fearfull for our yorkie now... there is a trust issue now.
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Regardless of what happened with the second Yorkie I would say this is same sex aggression towards your dog. As for the second Yorkie, I would venture a guess that it may well have been prey drive kicking in when she went after him.

I would look for a good experienced home with no other dogs to take her in. There is no need to consider having her PTS. Dog on dog aggression does not translate into human aggression.

In the meantine I would keep these two dogs separated at all times, you need to keep your other one safe it is not fair to let this happen again, If you have to, crate and rotate until you find a suitable home to place her in. Possibly contact some local reputable rescues and ask if they could assist you in helping to find a suitable home.

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Thanks so much. All I have heard is to shoot the GSD. "its gonna turn on your daughter." etc.
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So they brought the dog home, knowing she'd been aggressive in your home, and gave her free range of the whole house immediately?
Is the Yorkie going to make it?

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All I have heard is to shoot the GSD.
Well, as selzer said, it's probably due to the fact you brought home the Retriever puppy, another female.
So why should the GSD pay with her life??
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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So they brought the dog home, knowing she'd been aggressive in your home, and gave her free range of the whole house immediately?
Is the Yorkie going to make it?


Well, as selzer said, it's probably due to the fact you brought home the Retriever puppy, another female.
So why should the GSD pay with her life??
I dunno either. Thats just what people said, she is a liability.
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Thanks so much. All I have heard is to shoot the GSD. "its gonna turn on your daughter." etc.

What??? Dear Lord, there are some ignorant people out there. As has been said, dog aggression does not translate to human aggression. Plus the GSD was not aggressive to your other dogs, just to the female (and maturing) Golden.

Since the other people left the GSD and yorkie alone right after bringing it into their house, you don't really know what happened. Prey drive? Rough housing gone bad? Or was the yorkie in the GSDs face, being obnoxious? Or did the GSD just attack the yorkie out of the blue? Who knows? No one was there.
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Frankly, your dog was in a heightened mode, in a new home, free access to a dog she does not know. She works fine in your home with your Yorkie and your older lab.

The problem is that you brought it another female. That female is not reaching sexual maturity, and your GSD bitch is simply not ok with having another bitch there.

I think that you should rehome the Golden puppy, and be a three-dog home while you have a GSD.
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Dog aggression has nothing to do with human aggression.

I feel bad for you. But it will be a whole lot easier to rehome the Golden puppy than to rehome a GSD that has a problem with other dogs.
I 100% agree with Sue. I'm a firm believer of First In, Last Out unless circumstances demand otherwise. Your GSD was fine until you brought the GR puppy in. When you bring a puppy or dog into a home with other dogs, there is always the chance that it won't work out.

No, dog aggression does not transfer to human aggression or vice versa. I have one Boxer who is DA and loves people AND loves the dog she grew up with. Another Boxer who is HA and is fine with strange dogs.
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Most people aren't very educated about dogs...and that comes from a rescue perspective where we run into very uneducated people daily.

There's nothing wrong with your dog. She doesn't like the puppy. She's stressed over that.
People can't fathom that dogs have feelings and emotions too, they aren't little robots with fur, or humans with fur.
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Most people aren't very educated about dogs...and that comes from a rescue perspective where we run into very uneducated people daily.

There's nothing wrong with your dog. She doesn't like the puppy. She's stressed over that.
People can't fathom that dogs have feelings and emotions too, they aren't little robots with fur, or humans with fur.
God bless your common sense.
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