bc friend Posted December 18, 2011 Report Share Posted December 18, 2011 I've been fostering a female probable bc/jack russell mix who is @ 6 yrs old and on the small side. She has been through at least 2 owners before ending up in rescue and in her last home had been kept in a backyard 24/7. She's not the slightest bit shy and in fact is great w/kids, adults of all ages and genders, and cats. However, she is selectively dog aggressive. Since I routinely have a couple of fosters as well as my own dogs, I have noticed a pattern to her dog aggression; it is directed primarily towards smooth or short haired dogs - both male and female. The more submissive they are to her, the more aggressive she is with them. If she's upset over something (such as a reprimand), she will whirl around and w/o warning attack the most submissive dog short haired dog in the house. When she attacks, she doesn't go for the head or ears, she goes for the throat and doesn't let go until I grab her collar at which point she immediately stops. The only time she has tried to bite a long haired dog is if the dog tried to join in the fight she was having w/a short haired dog. At the moment, I have no short haired dogs in the house and she has not shown any dog aggression for a few weeks. However, a friend stopped by w/her short haired dog dog today and my rescue immediately went for the dog - I got her stopped and in a crate before she got w/in 6 feet of my friend's dog. Other than the dog aggression (which is a big issue), she is a sweet dog. No resource guarding issues over food or toys; in fact, she will let the cats eat out of her food bowl. Absolutely loves kids, even toddlers. Actively solicits bellyrubs from anyone who pets her. She'd make a great pet if we could just get her past the dog aggression. Any training suggestions? Thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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