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Old 08-19-2008, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default WHY IS MY BOXER BEING SO AGGRESSIVE LATELY???

HI, GUYS, I'M HAVING AN ISSUE WITH MY 4 YEAR OLD NEUTERED BOXER, REGGIE. *HE IS USUALLY A VERY COMPOSED DOG, AND HAS HAD NO PROBLEMS IN THE PAST WITH NEW DOGS BECOMING PART OF OUR FAMILY. (OTHER THAN THE 2-4 WEEK "GETTING USED TO YA BEING HERE" PERIOD. * *RECENTLY, HOWEVER, (BEEN ABOUT A MONTH OR SO NOW) WE INHERITED MY MOM'S NEUTERED SCHNOODLE WITH IS 9. *SHE HAS CANCER AND HAD TO MOVE IN WITH MY SISTER. *REGGIE HAS BEEN TO MY MOM'S HOUSE, AND KNOWS THAT'S WHERE SUGARFOOT USED TO LIVE. *HE NEVER FOUGHT WITH HIM THERE. *UNFORTUNATELY, SINCE HE'S COME TO US, REGGIE JUST CAN'T SEEM TO LIKE HIM AND HAS PENNED HIM DOWN NUMEROUS TIMES. *HE DOESN'T DO IT TO HURT HIM, HE JUST GETS REALLY AGGRESSIVE AND MOST TIMES I CAN JUST SAY HIS NAME AND THAT BREAKS IT UP. *AS FOR SUGARFOOT, HE JUST GETS UP AND GOES BACK OVER TO REG WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE, LIKE HE'S ASKING FOR MORE OR SOMETHING!! *AT THIS POINT, REG JUST USUALLY GROWLS A BIT AND THEN POUTS.
*WE HAVE ALSO ACQUIRED A CHI FROM AN X CO-WORKER WHO WAS GOING TO PUT HIM DOWN DUE TO HIS AGGRESSIVENESS, BUT WE HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND PUT HIM ON MEDS OUR VET THINKS HE SHOULD HAVE AT THIS POINT, AND HE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DOG. *REGGIE PENNED HIM A FEW TIMES IN THE BEGINNING, BUT NOW THEY ARE BEST BUDS AND PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. *(I FORGOT TO MENTION, WE'VE HAD HIM FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS.)
*I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY REGGIE IS HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME WITH SUGARFOOT. *I THOUGHT MAYBE IT WAS BECAUSE SUGAR HAD REALLY BAD TEETH, WHICH IN TURN HAD AN ODOR DUE TO INFECTION, OR MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE SUGAR IS TRYING TO "HUMP" OUR GIRL DOG (SHE'S FIXED ALSO) *BECAUSE THAT'S REGGIE'S "GIRL" YA KNOW?
*WE GOT SUGAR'S TEETH TAKEN CARE OF YESTERDAY, HAD THEM ALL CLEANED AND SOME EXTRACTED. *REGGIE STARTED SNIFFING HIS MOUTH AND STILL SHOWED THAT, "OK, I'M LOOKING BUT YOU BETTER NOT LOOK BACK" LOOK.
BUT HE DIDN'T TRY TO PEN HIM.
*I AM AT A COMPLETE LOSS AS I'VE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS AND MOST OF OUR BABIES IN THE PAST HAVE ALL COME FROM ABUSIVE BACKGROUNDS, EXCEPT FOR SUGARFOOT, AND WE'RE NOT SURE ABOUT BINDY (OUR GIRL DOG) AS WE GOT HER FROM THE POUND. *WE JUST ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO WORK OUT THE LITTLE "TICS" THEIR INDIVIDUAL PASTS GAVE THEM, THROUGH LOVE, PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING, BUT I JUST HAVE NO CLUE ON HOW TO HELP THEM WITH THIS AND I'LL ADMIT, I SURE COULD USE SOME ADVICE OR SUGGESTIONS. *AT THIS POINT, ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO IS SEPARATE THEM AND RACK MY BRAIN ON WHY HE'S ACTING LIKE THIS.
THANKS, YA ALL,
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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MAYBE YOU ARE YELLING TOO MUCH?



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hopefully you will get some insight, sorry I can not be any help.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not an expert on aggression, but I've noticed that my boxer boy is a very emotional being. A change of any type really makes him feel unsettled for a period of time. We are being super understanding and reassuring, but not coddling. since we've taken in a foster, he's been clingy. Could it be that there have just been too many changes too fast for him and he's feeling a little unsure of his status???
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would monitor their interactions and seek the help of a canine behaviorist on this issue. *Not strictly a trainer but someone who is a certified behaviorist who can help you work thru this.
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