Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Land of the Chupacabra
Well, he bit (non-GSD)
Along with our 2 GSDs, we have a rescued Border Collie or Australian shepherd mix - no one can really tell us what he is. He has a number of health issues, the most recent being seizures.
I have always felt that there is something mentally wrong with this dog (I've been criticized on this board for thinking this), and I think I have done him a disservice by feeling too sorry for him and therefore not expecting behaviors from him that I expect from our shepherds.
When he has stolen stuff from the bathroom trash and I try to get it from him, he growls at me. When we accidentally leave the other dogs' food bowls down with food still in them, and he descends upon the bowls, I have had to take things like shovels to separate his mouth from the food bowl as he growls at me. Last night, my husband reached down to take the bowl, and the dog bit him. What was especially bad is that Kasey didn't stop. Even after my husband had picked up the food bowl, Kasey was "hitting" my husband's hand with his head very aggressively trying to get the bowl. . . and growling the whole time. It sounded like a full-fledged human-dog fight was going on in the next room!
Yes, this dog fixates on things, as I hear some herding breeds do. He fixates on food, lizards, and spraying water, and it is as if he goes into a trance and becomes a different dog. I am also seeing that this dog thinks he's the boss, as if the whole food thing is HIS call. (He will also take his toys and try to force you into play by literally coming up behind you and surprising you by trying to shove the toy you know where!) He is normally an extremely sweet and goofy -- clown-like -- dog, and it's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that a dog with this demeanor could actually think he's in charge around here.
I spoke with my puppy's trainer today about this. She reiterated some ideas I had. . . try some hand feeding, hang out with him when he's eating, use a leash/collar and some good boots (for protection) when easing into getting near his food dish. I suppose we could try NILF.
Any other ideas?
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