chene Posted February 26, 2015 Report Share Posted February 26, 2015 I decided to ask about this, because, although it's difficult to help without seeing the actual behaviour, maybe someone will have some ideas about what might be going on. I'll preface this thing by saying that this behaviour only started after the resource guarding started (which in turn only started after spending a month with my family's poorly-mannered dog), but while the resource guarding has improved a great deal on its own, this "leash reactivity" is following its own weird path. It's only happened a few times, but he's only had the chance to practice it a few times, and I'm not keen to let him do it again. The first time it happened was quite recently after we discovered his resource guarding. It had improved to some degree, and at this point as long as he didn't have anything in his mouth or directly in front of him he wouldn't guard it. So we took him into a pet store, a PetSmart, big open area, and walking around a little beagle puppy came up to sniff him. They were both straining at their leashes, I was cautious but I let Aed sniff. I guess I misread his body language, because after a preliminary sniff he started snarling and lunging, I pulled him back, he stopped for a moment and then started yelping and barking, still snarling a bit. I picked him up and he continued as the other dog and its owner scurried away. At that time, I assumed he'd started up again with resource guarding me. Fast forward a few weeks, no incidents since, he's played with dogs at the off leash park with no problems, he's walked past dogs on leash with no problems, and he's briefly sniffed some of them in passing. We thought the incident was a one time thing. But then as we were walking along the harbour a young husky came up with her owner, leashed of course. They wagged their tails, seemed to everyone to be friendly, got close, almost played, and then suddenly Aed went ballistic, snarling and snapping and going crazy. The owner hurried off with her dog. At this point we understood that he clearly could not greet dogs on leash, but just a few days after that I was standing on leash with him at the grocery store, and he started yelping again like he had in the pet store. There was another dog, I don't know how old, standing with its owner a few meters away. He had been fine with them as we approached the store and while we were standing for a while, but suddenly started with the yelping - I wasn't looking when it happened so I'm not sure what set it off. Anyways, the other dog was curling its lip back and Aed started doing the same, snarling a bit. The owner and the dog were walking away at this point anyways, so I just picked him up and he calmed down.Sorry for the wall of text, but I'm hoping to get all the information I have out there, since it's so hard to diagnose without seeing the events firsthand. In all three cases I paid no attention to the other dogs at all, and he was not positioned as if he was trying to keep them away from me, which might indicate resource guarding. It's possible that all three were young dogs, but I can't imagine what the third one could have done to upset him at that distance. There hasn't been another incident yet and we try not to let him anywhere near other dogs on leash, but I'm not sure how to handle this otherwise because I have no idea what's setting him off and I don't know how to find out without setting up another one of these situations.Right now my ideas (which are by no means mutually exclusive) are: -Resource guarding -Leash reactivity, fearly or excited. -Going overboard on correcting a younger dog -Insecurity from dealing with my parents' dog's consistent attempts to dominate him -Something teenager thing unrelated to resource guarding But that's it. What's going on? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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