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Old 04-23-2014, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, all! Recently, I've noticed my 4 month old female getting aggressive towards other dogs... she is fine with them as long as they don't "bother" her, but has started to lose her cool when one tries to play with her...she barks and growls, and in the past has only shown her teeth...yesterday she attempted to bite another dog that she was annoyed with.

She had been socialized around other dogs her whole life, and we take her out with us everywhere possible. She goes to puppy day care 3x' s a week, and is at the dog park at least twice a week. Ari has always ignored other dogs (you can tell she thinks she is better than them, ha!), but her attitude towards them is slowly turning into something different.

She is EXCELLENT with people of all ages, and I'd hate to have to worry about her around other dogs. We have an 8 month old Golden, whom she loves, but so far that's the only dog she's been good with. She is in puppy training class right now, and I plan on asking my trainer for tips, but I won't see her until Saturday.

I would LOVE some advice on how best to handle this. I attached a picture of my little monster. She loves dandelions!
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Is she trying to BITE them, or is she snapping at them as a correction?
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haha. that picture is cute, you should make a crown of dandelions for her. If she doesnt like other dogs, surely that is okay. Just teach her to ignore them and stick with you? You can step in and tell the other owners that she doesnt like dogs, and you can block other dogs from getting near her? Is that a possibility?
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DJ: It depends...she definitely will attempt to bite when she is pushed enough. At first she snaps, and if they don't listen, she will attempt to put her teeth on them.

Sri: haha, thank you! And that is a possibility...I just don't want her to have to stay away from the dog park, because she does enjoy it!

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But is it something that you can stop or will stop on it's own? If so, she is not trying to harm the dogs. She is correcting them, which is totally normal.
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DJ: It all depends on the day for her. Typically she barks excessively, then gets snappy, then she will attempt to bite, followed by more barking/growling. I'm trying to find the right balance of when to remove her from a situation, and when to leave it be (any suggestions?)...She's my first puppy in a long time, so I tend to worry. Like I said, if the dogs are ignoring her she's great, but if they get in her face she gets angry.

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I've worked long and hard with my 15month old on this. She's a great lover of people and the only dog she'll allow into her personal bubble is my male shepherd. In fact she gets in his personal bubble in ways that would annoy her but they're a bonded pair and he takes a lot of nonsense from her.

If another dog gets in her face, she's just telling them to back off, giving them a correction. It's your job to get the other dog out of her face. I've never had a shepherd who liked other dogs to pester them. Not to sound like a dog snob but they really aren't like other dogs, they're above all that.
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Sun: Thank you for the advice! And she tortures our Golden, in a similar fashion (I'm sure) to how your girl bugs your boy).

How have you worked with your girl? I would love suggestions.

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The boy is almost 6 and he adores his minion. He tells her when he's had enough of her nonsense. Most of the time she respects that, sometimes I have to tell her it's enough.

With other dogs in training, she'd get snarky, especially the other female shepherd after she saw that other girl go after a smaller dog who was Venus' friend. The trainer had me body block her, make her look at me. If that didn't work, I'd back her up, physically put myself infront of her so she had to look at me and move towards her so she had to step back. 'No! Unacceptable'

On the street it's more difficult to body block her. The boy is always there so he helps - he's a big thick east german dog who's build rather like a walking wall. I would make light of it, look another dog be nice and keep walking. The boy would keep walking because he genuinely does not care if another dog is barking at him so he'd just pull her along away from the other dog.

Now that she's older, I can be be preemptive with her. I see another dog coming the other way, I tell her to 'be nice' as soon as I see her ears prick up to look at the other dog. Get in her head with the expected behavior. She's learning that she can woof woof hello if another dog barks at her but that's all I will put up with.

Earlier this week, we walked by a golden doddle behind an efence. The kids were following me on bikes so it wasn't like I could cross the road. Doddle barked at her repeatedly, she barked back but didn't put on a huge show. 6 months ago, she'd have told that dog where to go and how to get there...
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