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|11-25-2009, 11:51 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Fear Aggression towards other dogs
I have a 8 mos old Yorkie pup, Bella. Recently, I brought Bella to a friend's house for a doggie play date and she was scared to death. The other dogs were small terrier breeds. Bella was so scared she would not leave my sight. If the other dogs came up to her, she would show her teeth and give a quick sharp snap. She never actually touches the other dogs or bites them, but I just can not tolerate this behavior. Also, she is scared to death of new people. She just shakes. I have two other pets at home. A 5 yr old Golden Retriever and a 7 yr old cat. Bella gets along with them and plays very well with them. She played with my neighbor's dogs over the summer, outdoors when the weather was nice and never was aggressive towards them. She had never shown aggressive behavior towards people, only dogs.
Another thing I noticed is that if Bella does not want to be bothered by my other dog, she will give a quick snap too. The other day Bella was trying to sleep next to me on the couch, my other dog came to say hi to me, nowehere near Bella and she snapped.
Any advice out there is greatly appreciated.
|11-26-2009, 05:52 AM||#2|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Feb 2009
I am not positive on what you can do. She might be trying to dominate the others or she might be protecting you.
Is your little one on the floor when you introduce her to other dogs.? I found if I was carrying Jackson he would be very growly etc with them. If on the floor however he would not be quite so brave.I found the worst thing I could do was to pick him up and carry him with other dogs around and new people around. Seemed to give him more power.
We are in an art group that bring little and big dogs so we just let him walk in and he worked it out with the others as we knew they were not nasty.I would not do this with dogs I didnt know of course.
We got him at a year and a half and had him over a year now. He seems to be better than before.
I would say if she is on the couch with you and the others come around and she growls then put her on the floor so she is cant be so dominant over them.
I am sure you will get a better answer on this soon. I am no expert for sure.
|11-26-2009, 07:26 AM||#3|
Donating YT 12K Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Council Bluffs Iowa
I would try introducing her to other dogs one at a time, and as long as the other dogs is not snapping back, then just ignore it. Have them both on leashes so you can stop them if they start to fight.
Your state of mind is the biggest factor here, If you are nervous about what might happen, the dogs will pick up on that, so you need to be relaxed and calm. and do not pick her up and cuddle her when she is nervous and shaking, that only reinforces that behavior.
As far as her snapping at your other dog, it sounds like she is trying to claim you as hers. You need to let her know that you are not her property, you are the pack leader.
I suggest getting Cesar Milan's books or DVD's
|12-10-2009, 12:10 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
In the last couple of weeks, we've been really trying to introduce Bella to new dogs. Crazy thing is, she shows no fear aggression whatsoever when the new dogs come to our house. Also noticed that she will not show the behavior when our Golden Retriever (Bella's older sister) is with her when outside our house. I'm thinking she may have separation anxiety from our other dog. Thoughts? I'm going to try to take Bella out more often by herself and see if that will help with her behavior.
|12-17-2009, 01:04 AM||#5|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
I would go find a behaviorist and get an assessment.
I am not nor is anyone here qualified legally to diagnose aggression and even if we where we would need to see what is going on in person to make any recommendations without risking her more fear concerns.
For sure she is not her trying to dominate anything at all as that is not a proper term in and around aggression and those with training would know that.
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