I'm struggling to find the right search terms to try to find answers to my problem, so I thought I'd just up and post. I hope this is the right forum to post in, please let me know if I've messed it up
I have a 2 year old female that I purchased with the intent to breed. She happened to be a singleton out of a dam's last litter. My girls breeder didn't really do enough research on raising a singleton and she came to us and had to go through a lot of training to learn pretty basic lessons on how to deal with a pack. She definitely thought she was queen of the world. 2 years later she still doesn't have the most patience and does have trouble dealing with frustration. She can be a bit of a bitch all around frankly. But, she's extremely respectful to us, she's got her place figured out within our pack (we have 6 adults, 3 males, 3 females all intact). So she's manageable and when you are working 1 on 1 with her, she's great! We flew through puppy classes and then lvl 1, 2, 3 and 4. We went to training weekly for a year. Starting when she was 12 weeks old. She's been a challenge, but a manageable one.
Where my real concern comes in is recently one of our other girls had puppies. It was her last litter, and it turned out to be a small one, just 2 boys. We started introducing the rest of the pack to the pups when they were about 4 weeks old. Just through an xpen at first.
At first my singleton girl really looked like she was loving the pups and really wanted to play....they would follow each other on the other side of the pen and she would nose their paws when they put them up on the bars with tail wags. But the first time I lifted one of the pups over the pen to let them meet nose to nose, she nipped his ear and made him yelp. I scolded her and used our command 'easy' and gave her another chance she nipped again..but didn't make him yelp that time.
I tried the other puppy, same thing, tried to nip.
We tried to continue having the pups around and have them integrate more with our lives and hers. I should mention every one of our other dogs are fine with the pups and treat them as mini-dogs as I would expect. Even the boys are extremely gentle, patient and will invite the pups to play. We can have all 5 of them and the pups loose together without issue. We've tried having other dogs in the puppy yard with the pups and then our singleton girl on the outside of the fence with another dog...we've tried having pups inside the yard with mom and singleton outside....and any other combination you can think up. We've had singleton girl in the pen, puppies outside the pen.....i've tried her on leash with the pups loose, i've tried putting my hands between her and the pups and let them lick me, sat with one in my lap in front of her....in all cases she acts like the pups are prey. She paces outside their pen and runs at them at tries to nip through the bar if they move quick. She's obsessed in a way that doesn't make me comfortable. I haven't had her lose with the puppies free because based on all of her movements, i don't trust her to not hurt them.
My singleton did come into heat when the pups were about 6 weeks, so after she had the first meet......but I frankly don't think horrormones are an appropriate justification for not being able to recognize puppies as being mini-dogs. This girl was a singleton so had no littermates and always played with bigger dogs until we got her into training classes. Then she did play with other puppies roughly her size...both smaller and larger. She definitely was an aggressive little thing (to adults and her age) and her play started off as stiff bodied attacks, but she did learn how to play. For the most part she would appear as a fairly well adjusted, but more dominate bitch.
So finally after all of this preamble..... should we consider this girl too nuts in the head to breed? Is her issue all singleton related so therefore not her core personality and therefore less likely to be passed on? Or do we just cut our losses and not take the risk?
Has anyone experienced anything similar???
Thanks in advance!
(Sorry my first post is such a doosy!)