ArchersMomma Posted December 4, 2008 Report Share Posted December 4, 2008 As some of you may know we are travelling to spend the holidays with my family for x-mas and taking Archer with us. We will be staying with my sister who has an un-neutered St. Bernard (Timber) who is about two and an un-neutered Sheppard cross (Charlie). Timber is typical St. Bernard and pretty much un-phased by anything except food and even then he just drools more. He's docile and non-plussed by most things, including other dogs. Charlie however, is a different ballgame altogether. He's aggressive, plain and simple. I've been after my sister for years to have him neutered but she just can't afford it (very long story that I'd rather not go into). She does not know much about training dogs (or chooses not to is more likely but that's ANOTHER story ). I plan to spend some time teaching her what I know (which is precious little but FAR more than she knows) when I'm there and training Charlie to understand that he is nowhere NEAR top of the pack. He thinks that next to her, HE is the alpha dog...above everyone else in the family including her husband and two small children (7 & 4). He attacks other dogs routinely if he can, but more particularly if they are strange and IN his house...which I can understand (especially for an intact male) but would NEVER allow. MY concern right at the moment is how to protect Archer while we are there. Right now he is fairly social and good with other dogs. I am worried that if he attempts to be "friendly" with Charlie and gets attacked, how is it going to affect him? I am obviously going to keep a very close eye on both dogs and try my very best to ensure this does not happen. I will also be letting Charlie know that he may THINK he is alpha with every other human in his world but not with me! I'm just worried about that two second window where I may not be present and he does get AT Archer. Will it seriously traumatize him? Are there things I can do to introduce them and find a way to avoid this situation happening? (other than leave Archer behind since that's not an option). Sorry this got long. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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