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02-02-2013 09:01 PM
ed1911 Obedience and Schutzhund. Probably CD or BH next.
01-31-2013 03:08 PM
selzer congratulations on the CGC. So what is next? Are you going to go for herding or tracking or agility or more advanced obedience?
01-31-2013 02:51 PM
codmaster big congrats!
01-31-2013 02:18 PM
Jag GREAT news!!! She sounds like a good dog. I hope she continues to make progress with you!
01-31-2013 01:54 PM
ed1911 We are making progress, Storm earned her CGC.
01-25-2013 09:52 AM
msvette2u
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She had to be the queen around other dogs and then she just started acting alpha around them. After I saw her change I stopped bringing her to the dog park because I could see she was not going to be a dog friendly dog that would get along with all the others.
Good plan, it sounds like.
Some bitches carry their "bitchiness" to extremes, it sounds like you have one of them.
01-25-2013 08:11 AM
Stella's Mom
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Originally Posted by msvette2u View Post
It's very hard to glean out sometimes what our dogs are doing or why. I'm dealing with a very dog-aggressive Dachshund right now who wants to beat up any dogs who are not immediate pack members and even if they are, it's iffy - the mood strikes her and she's after them too. Size and sex don't matter.

One would be tempted to say "dominance" but even fear of losing her "position" could be the cause.
What's important is to learn triggers to avoid fights, it's tough when they are fighting at your ankles (and still injure each other) but when they are waist high they can do a lot more damage to bystanders.

In rescue we see a ton of this type behavior and what works best is avoidance. If other dogs make her nervous/scared and she reacts aggressively, then try to avoid other dogs when out in public. It is no shame to say "my dog isn't friendly to other dogs" and hope others actually take heed!

Dogs like Stella sometimes have had bad experiences with other dogs along the way and wish to get the first lick in, too. They don't feel as threatened perhaps, by smaller dogs but see bigger dogs as able to harm them, so they wish to make the 1st move to stay "in control" of the situation.
It depends on the day with Stella. She will let large breed males come up to her on occasion but she definitely does not like other large breed females.

She was very well socialized as a puppy and really only had 1 experience where a pittie kept wrestling her down and pinning her by the throat. She was a puppy and so was the pittie. They were both about 4-5 months old. She was still ok with other dogs for awhile but she started change her attitude at about the 8 month mark. She had to be the queen around other dogs and then she just started acting alpha around them. After I saw her change I stopped bringing her to the dog park because I could see she was not going to be a dog friendly dog that would get along with all the others.
01-23-2013 02:08 PM
msvette2u
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She is also great with chihauhaus and cats. However, another large breed dog her hackles go up and she will try to assert herself over them. Is that fear based or dominance? She will sniff them nose to nose and then try to paw at them if not bark at them.
It's very hard to glean out sometimes what our dogs are doing or why. I'm dealing with a very dog-aggressive Dachshund right now who wants to beat up any dogs who are not immediate pack members and even if they are, it's iffy - the mood strikes her and she's after them too. Size and sex don't matter.

One would be tempted to say "dominance" but even fear of losing her "position" could be the cause.
What's important is to learn triggers to avoid fights, it's tough when they are fighting at your ankles (and still injure each other) but when they are waist high they can do a lot more damage to bystanders.

In rescue we see a ton of this type behavior and what works best is avoidance. If other dogs make her nervous/scared and she reacts aggressively, then try to avoid other dogs when out in public. It is no shame to say "my dog isn't friendly to other dogs" and hope others actually take heed!

Dogs like Stella sometimes have had bad experiences with other dogs along the way and wish to get the first lick in, too. They don't feel as threatened perhaps, by smaller dogs but see bigger dogs as able to harm them, so they wish to make the 1st move to stay "in control" of the situation.
01-23-2013 01:37 PM
Stella's Mom
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Originally Posted by msvette2u View Post
cod, google has amazing powers.
If you're truly curious about this and not just being obtuse, then look it up.
It IS well documented.

BTW, I do believe people who haven't experienced true inter-bitch aggression find it hard to believe, but that doesn't mean it isn't true, it simply means you haven't lived though it yet, in your own home.
I have, and I do not want to own another female again.
Not all females are that way (out for blood - of other females!) but when you have one, you will know it.
Hi MsVette...I know you have a lot of experience. My Stella is now 2. I have been working through her DA issues and some days are good and some are worse. Today she was fine while eating out with a friend and her yorkie. She is also great with chihauhaus and cats. However, another large breed dog her hackles go up and she will try to assert herself over them. Is that fear based or dominance? She will sniff them nose to nose and then try to paw at them if not bark at them.

Also....she is being very protective lately. Her 2nd birthday was yesterday. We took her out to a dog friendly restaurant as we often do. She was great to the staff and other folks walking past the table until my husband got up to use the faciities. She put herself on the outside of the table...high alert and would bark at people walking by.

We left the restaurant a short time later and there were folks on the sidewalk. My husband left to get the car and again she started in this posture of barking and high alert.

I am thinking she has some fear issues but not sure where they came from.

I put her in a platz/sitz/fuss over and over to redirect her brain, but each time if folks came to close she would set off again.

today she was fine in the restaurant because i did not bring my husband so she did not morph into a guarding stance...
what is going on with her...guarding or fear reaction????? Also in the parking lot she caught an air scent of something by a police car and she then went to high alert while we were leaving the restaruant.
01-19-2013 10:22 PM
Jag
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Originally Posted by pets4life View Post
jag

what exactly is the old lady? is that your wife?
That's just so not funny. If I had a death wish and was totally insane, then I *might* refer to my wife as "the old lady".
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