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Old 10-15-2009, 04:55 AM   #1
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Trouble with Tyra

Well Tyra is having aggression issues, she snaps at the other two dogs, Tayla and Shara, without warning. We can be having a good ole time playing tug then all sudden WHAM! She goes into a biting frenzy.

I have now gotten many bites from her, trying to break up the fight. I dont know really what to do. I was told to watch her and stop her before she attacks to "snap her out" of the agression mode, which I know how to watch for, but her attacks are totally out of the blue.

If this was a bigger dog, well...we would have some serious issues...

Her first offical classes start tomarrow night but they are just the household manners...kinda BS to me, and she wont be getting dog-to-dog contact...So I do not think they will help her. She does fine up at the club (taken her 3 times) but at home she has issues...
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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I have now gotten many bites from her, trying to break up the fight. I dont know really what to do. I was told to watch her and stop her before she attacks to "snap her out" of the agression mode, which I know how to watch for, but her attacks are totally out of the blue.
Are you sure Its aggression or could it be fear? Many times the signs are very subtle. Does she raise or lower the tail? Does she twitch her mouth? Does she show any kind of tension like a "ridgid" or "crouching" stance? Are her ears back or forward?

All dogs show signs. They may may be easy to read or only last a second, but the signs are there!

If you dont see any signs, the only suggestion I can think of is: Keep her on a leash when she is around the other dogs. That will give you better control of her. Then when she "acts out" you can use the leash with a "sharp" verbel command to correct it.

Can you maybe video a few minutes before she reacts so we can see exactly what is happening? If so, please put a leash on her so you can stop it right away. We dont want you or the dogs to get hurt.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:56 PM   #3
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I like Michaels idea of video taping. Dogs definite do show signs but sometimes they are very subtle.

And fear most definitely be an issue. A way you can see if it is fear is by using anxiolytic drugs to relieve anxiety. Most aggression cases are mitigated by this and is a clear sign that the dog is fearful. Of course this isn't a remedy but it helps to figure out what the heck is up.
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