Dog-worrying!

28 Oct

So it turns out our dog *really* doesn’t like other dogs. Sweet as you like with humans (a three year old played with him today), but he’s very aggressive around other dogs. Today he went for one of the family dogs. In fairness to him he was outnumbered, and we introduced them on non-neutral turf, which probably wasn’t wise. The others don’t really get socialized much (if at all), either, so they’re not very good with other dogs either.

Next time we’d take them for a walk together first, I think. I’m still hopeful he’ll be ok with others, we just need to do it right. Part of the problem is that he’s so big and strong, even a little aggression really stands out.

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8 Responses to “Dog-worrying!”

  1. Colin November 1, 2006 at 12:21 am #

    That’s like saying an NBA player that takes a swing at another player or common citizen (6ft or smaller), that it just looked bad because of the players’ size.

    Your dog is huge, and nimble too, and looked like a bull charging a matador when he lunged at our friendly Australian Shepherd.

    For shame.

  2. kaimac November 1, 2006 at 12:39 am #

    Part of the problem, I said. And your ‘friendly Australian Shephard’ actually went for Tubbs first, on Friday night. So he was the initial aggressor.

  3. Colin November 1, 2006 at 12:58 am #

    Well if he aint’ a big dog, tell him to stay on the porch…

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  4. Grand Master Thump November 6, 2006 at 8:32 am #

    Well the first rule is to know it, then deal with it. Its more of an issue when you need to go on holiday for a week and find somewhere for him to stay, I hate boarding kennels so we always used to board Max with a vetinary nurse who just let the dogs run round her house, but number one rule was the dogs had to get along. You may also want to sort out the toy possesion thing, thats part of the social thing, sharing and not being aggresive about it.

  5. Colin November 17, 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    How is Tubbs? Is he still a kill-kill-killer? My friendly Aussie mate wanted to know…

  6. kaimac November 17, 2006 at 8:22 pm #

    thump – sorry mate, somehow missed this earlier. We have some pretty nice kennels around here… I don’t trust him around other dogs yet. The toy thing is better lately actually.

    Col – haha. he’s much better, but still a little jumpy. It’s going to take time, I think. He really is incredibly sweet.

  7. Colin November 20, 2006 at 10:18 am #

    I was at a party last weekend and the host had a baby Bulldog. It was still rather large, but its’ coat was really soft and loose (too big for his relatively small body). And he was the nicest dog ever, running around allowing everyone to pet him. I think tons of interaction is the way forward. I’ve been taking Buddy out, trying to get him around other dogs and humans as well, though he may be set in his ways.

  8. kaimac November 21, 2006 at 1:21 am #

    Tubbs is just perfect around humans though. I took him to the Livewire (bar) last weekend, and he was the star of the show, it was ace. Running around being petted left right and center, loving the attention. It’s the other dog thing where he has issues, although he’s getting better as time goes by.

    I agree that you’re right on the interaction thing: Buddy never meets any other dogs at all, which can’t be good. Good working taking him out: I don’t think they’re ever too old to learn, but it’s gonna take time.

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