highway61 Posted February 26, 2014 Report Share Posted February 26, 2014 I have a pretty typical 10 month BC (Sammy) that I've had since 8 weeks. He's definitely reactive but not too extreme and we're working on that. My concern is more about some aggression he's started to show. Up until he was about 8 months, I was able to let him roam the un-fenced front yard (under my close supervision) but since then he's developed some aggression towards leashed dogs that people are walking. I see the monster inside come out as soon as he hears the tags from their collars. He will chase up to them barking furiously and aggressively. He doesn't actually make contact with the leashed dog but he does get close enough to before backing off just the charge again. So now, I'm using a leash every time I need put him in the car (as we usually have to walk out the front door). It was nice while it lasted but he's never allowed out front un-leashed. And last week he got into a fight with my other, older dog (Foster). These two normally get along very well, Foster tolerates Sammy and Sammy...well he's still a pup so everything is fun and games in his world. They've had just a few scuffs in the past (always over free falling food) but nothing that lasts longer than about 5 seconds which is about how long its taken me to get them apart. The last altercation happened right in front of me and yes, I readily admit its my fault. They both have two "food balls" (plastic ball that release treats like a kong as they interact with it) and since Foster dominates, he will deplete his and then go for Sammy's. Seeing this, I took Sammy's from Foster and gave it back to Sammy who was about 5' away from Foster and me. Standing in front of Foster, I watched Sammy walk nervously around his food ball I just returned to him. This time he's walking nervously left to right of his food ball flashing his teeth and gazing at Foster just behind me. Like a dumba$$, I let Foster slowly walk towards the food ball and the fight was on with Sammy on the losing end. There was a gash on his right ear that the vet said could be left on its on the heel or she could clean it up and see if it requires sutures. "Couple hundred" was what she estimated. I opted for the clean up job and have posted a pic of my $370 investment! Other than for myself, I don't know if there's a lesson learned here for the dogs. Sammy's still pretty submissive with other dogs who are unleashed so there are no problems unless on a leash. I used to be able to pass other dog walkers on the sidewalk but now have to pull him aside for them to pass. I notice if the other leashed dog passes without interaction Sammy's not too agitated. However if that other dog is making noise, staring, lunging Sammy goes nuts. I recently started working with a professional dog trainer but so far the only thing suggested is using treats to divert the bad behavior. I also recently bought and started reading BAT which is encouraging, I think it will help. But my main concern is not so much the reactive behavior that I am working him to overcome but the flashes of aggression that I feel helpless about. Is it somewhat normal for a 10 month? I'm not expecting to do nothing and hope he outgrows it but is there something about coming of age and aquiring a mean streak? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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