Olivia Posted July 4, 2007 Report Share Posted July 4, 2007 If this needs to be in the Rescue forum please feel free to move it. I thought it would get more reads here. A little history. I picked up our new foster 6/25. She was pulled from a hording case. The woman had 50+ dogs in her home and backyard. Sox is only about 4.5 months old and had lived there since leaving her mom. We assumed that she was not born there as there were no other border collie puppies or adults there. She lived outside in a smallish pen with several other dogs. She was filthy and covered (and I do mean covered!) in fleas. I got her, bathed her, frontlined her and dewormed her. She is scheduled for her spay later this week. Other than the fleas and some slight anemia from the fleas and worms she is in good health. Now the problem. I have my two border collies who don't really associate with her at all. Griffin hates all puppies so he stays on the other side of the baby gates from Sox. Carlie doesn't mind puppies but doesn't play with them either. So at our house she interacts mainly with my husband and I. She is a sweetie. Loves belly rubs and will roll over for them constantly. I took her to a friend's house who has two jack russel terrors to let her play since she seems to want to play with our dogs, they just ignore her. She was a little surprised at the younger of the two who was really trying to play. She did play chase eventually, she enjoyed being the chaser and they ran around like mad for a while. But every time Frodo would turn around and play bow to her she would freeze and look very uncertain. If he approached she would growl a little and turn away or run away with her tail tucked if he approached quickly. But if he ran away she would chase. Later as we were eating I had Sox tied to my chair so I could watch her and the older of the two jacks approached. Sophie is 13 years old and not at all pushy but Sox snarled at her and then lunged at her barking! I corrected Sox verbally and she immediately rolled over and quit barking but still wasn't comfortable. Yesterday I had her at work (I work at a dog boarding/training facility) and in a smallish cage/kennel that was the top kennel, about chest high to me. Another employee's dog was loose in the area and popped up on her hind legs to see Sox in her kennel. Sox again growled and barked all the while making little dashes at the front of the cage! I think it is fear aggression. She doesn't know how to play or interact properly so she is making the first offensive move towards other dogs. We also wonder if she had to fight for her food or attention in her former home so she is doing the same behaviors that she was there. I'm trying to let her interact with Carlie more but Carlie is the exact kind of dog that doesn't worry her at all since she doesn't make any play moves toward Sox. Do I need to find more puppies for her to interact with? Do I interfere if she acts scared or aggressive toward the other dogs? What do I need to tell potential adopters to help her get over this? Thanks, Olivia Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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