MaggieDog Posted April 25, 2006 Report Share Posted April 25, 2006 I posted this on the bcrescue board as well to get the full range of thoughts on this issue. Hope you all aren't getting sick of my posting about my quirky girl. Things have been going well with the 3 dogs Maggie met last week, and she is still ok with one of the dogs, but she's gone after the other two. She has great bite inhibition thankfully so no marks on the other dogs (she has a scratch under her eye), but it is still concerning. The first incident was over me playing tug w/ the other dog and the second was triggered by the female BC running full speed after a frisbee (Maggie has high prey drive at times, she doesn't like frisbees). The owner of the the dogs is willing to work w/ Maggie and myself even after the two incidents, but we don't know how to go about it given the different triggers and split second reactions. Maggie has undergone desensitization and counterconditioning around other dogs and will not react until another dog gets w/in sniff range while she's onlead and only about 15% of the time, regardless of distance, if offlead. She seems to be most tense about the initial greeting and that is the most likely time for a reaction, though as in the above two scenarios, this isn't always the case. Maggie has a handful of other dog friends she gets along with well and only argues with once in a long time and not very seriously (i.e. will stop if asked). After an aggressive outburst, Maggie calms down VERY quickly (i.e. less than 2 mins after being pulled away) and she never redirects to me when I get involved. I train dogs on the side and I am stumped by my own....how crazy is that?! I'm thinking about muzzling Maggie for future contact so that I can relax a bit - these dogs are quite passive and nonreactive so there's little worry on my part that she will get hurt or feel threatened by anything they do. I know there can be repercussions with the use of a muzzle in this type of situation and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the risk to try it right now. I don't want her to practice this negative behavior, but at this point I can't use D/CC due to potential guarding issues and logistics (how do you allow a dog to play w/ others while you feed treats??). I have "Click to Calm" and I like the idea of teaching Maggie to target another dog's body parts but don't know if that's appropriate. Any thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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