|10-09-2013 01:41 AM|
|harmony||Early to heat too. Is your dog starting to feel like it fighting for it's role? and it bit a kid .|
|10-08-2013 08:32 PM|
|selzer||Was it something I said?|
|10-08-2013 08:23 PM|
Also, I don't understand what working in a veterinary hematology lab has to do with anything, or why that would make the advice you've been given any less sound.
|10-08-2013 07:26 PM|
No rabies shot yet?
There could be a physical reason (disease) for increased aggression, or out of the blue aggression.
It could be genetic, and the way your puppy is developing.
Your pup could benefit from strict adherence to a leadership program like NILIF, with training and exercise.
I think that spaying while you are unsure of what is going on, and while your pup is acting strangely isn't a good idea. There is some evidence that spaying can increase aggression/reactivity in females. But if you are planning on spaying her, then I would try to get whatever is going on under control, and then do it.
5 weeks for a vaccine reaction? Your vet will never believe that. I am not sure I do, but others may have more information about them than I do. A lot of areas require rabies either at 4 months or 6 months, so I thought maybe she just had a rabies shot, and that can be a tough vaccine.
Kids and two puppies is a lot. I think once you check for any physical issues, I would get a live behaviorist to assess your pup and work out a plan for dealing with these things that are making you nervous.
|10-08-2013 07:07 PM|
|Exy Arnette||Thank you Selzer. This is the exact information that I was looking for. Her last vaccine, distemper combo, was exactly 5 weeks ago. I am taking her in tomorrow to rule out anything physical and see what the vet thinks. I'm interested to see how she reacts to the strangers and other dogs at the vet, as she hasn't been around anyone new since this change occurred.|
|10-08-2013 05:48 PM|
When was the last set of vaccinations, and what was given?
I have seen a lot of bitches come into season, and nothing like what you are describing behaviorwise.
I have also had puppies that were somewhat timid, who do not do what this dog is doing. If the puppy's behavior changed dramatically, I would be looking for a physical reason for this to happen. Especially at this age.
7 months is probably the earliest that I have seen a puppy get into that stupid adolescent stage where they forget how to sit, and they feel they need to start barking at everything. 5.5 month old pups might be way more suspicious of strangers than 3- 3.5 month old pups, and not want to be petted by them. But they shouldn't be showing aggression with family members. 5.5 and 6.5 month old dogs might play pretty rough.
|10-08-2013 05:33 PM|
There seems to be a recurring theme on this forum that if an owner has a dog with behavioral issues it's the owner not providing something in the EXACT way any one person or school of thought says they should. It reminds me of being pregnant and everyone telling me what I just HAD to do to parent properly.
Seems like "newbies" are treated like morons. I worked in vet hospitals all through college, and for breeders as well (specifically Akitas). I went on to work as a hematologist for a veterinary diagnostic lab. I came to this forum looking for insight and support and am now leaving disgruntled and annoyed.
|10-08-2013 04:11 PM|
The training that you are referring to is not the training that she needs. She needs formal obedience training in a class environment and she needs boundaries and limits at home too. Puppies need leadership and consistency.
You might also want to Google the training technique called "Nothing in Life is Free". It is a great way to manage dog behavior.
|10-08-2013 12:49 PM|
As far as training I am ignorant of any specifically named methods. But I have house trained her (which also just stuck), sit, wait (stay), where she sleeps, and what parts of the house she's allowed, and to stay off the furniture. She has (other than the napkin) never exhibited any food aggression whatsoever. And I take the kids' toys out of her mouth with no problem. I still separate the dogs when they eat because she will eat his food (he's a lot slower and more laid back).
As far as exercise, we live on property and run the trails, and she's constantly wrestling with her buddy.
And with socialization, she's exposed to people that come over, the Grandparents' house (and their dogs), and what little she gets at the vet.
I am going to call the vet to see what help I can get and a referral to a trainer, but please keep the advise coming.
|10-08-2013 12:06 PM|
|Freestep||5 months is a little early for the onset of heat. You would be seeing other signs, her vulva would be swollen and you would see some blood drips. More likely is that this aggression is fear and insecurity based; this is a very dangerous situation and you need to address it. Have you taken her to obedience classes? Was she socialized? If not, get her signed up ASAP and if the aggression continues, get private counsel from a trainer or behaviorist.|
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