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Old 01-04-2014, 01:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The In-Laws Mastiff is not very well socialized

So over the holidays we went and stayed with family for a few days. They have a very unsocialized and unstructured pack.

Raiden: 210 lb Old English Mastiff who is four years old. He was rescued at one year with a not so great past (very thin, skittish, probably crated too much in a too small crate)

Clyde: 12 year old Westie who has a lot on anxiety and "totem pole" type issues with the mastiff. He barks every time any dogs move quick or play. They have had him since he was a pup.

Chloe: 8 year old Westie who was rescued at 5 years old. She was a street dog. Very thin patchy hair, poor health, etc. She is mostly calm and the most receptive to play.

The dogs are not very well potty trained, and do not get any structured training, walks, or play.None were socialized, period. The Westies for the most part do not cause too much gruff when we visit (only been three times with our boy in 8 months). However they do bark a lot and add to the general stress and excitement of any situation, which does not help. The mastiff, each time, has been our biggest issue. Each time we visit he tries to chase Drago around the house, does not let him play with any toys or any people, and will try to mount him sometimes. So far Drago has been evasive and indifferent for the most part. This last visit however he got tired of being pushed around and turned around and started snapping his teeth in Raidens face.

I feel like this is a powder keg waiting to blow sometimes. By the end of every visit the dogs are mostly tired from all of Dragos energy (they are all kinda chunky and get no exercise). So they can all be laying on the ground paying no mind to him. But the first few days I am very anxious.

So, Is it possible to bring balance to the situation when we visit? Do they need to be separated 100% and potty breaks scheduled to keep them apart? Or should we just not put our boy in that situation? Raiden has shown real aggression on two separate occasions before we got our boy, and I know the power that mastiffs have is more than deadly.

Here the two of them are after five days. Completely tuckered and for the most part leaving each other alone (the humping and mounting had not stopped by then however)
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't even go.

But if you have to go, keep them separated. Their dogs will never change because they don't care to do anything about their behavior.

You can expect the same behavior each time you visit.

It's up to you whether or not you want to put up with it.
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It's up to you to be the leader and protect your dog(s). So if you have any fears about it going too far then I would either NOT take your dog when you visit. Or use a strict regime of crating/baby gates to manage the situation and keep your dog safe from the mastiff.
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