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Is my female exhibiting aggression or is this just vocal play?

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idk if you all can access this video but Juniper has been being wild towards Gus more recently. She’s always been very vocal when playing with other dogs, but sometimes with Gus things get adrenalized really quickly.

As many know, we adopted Gus from a shelter back in May. There were some setbacks in the beginning, as both dogs got kennel cough. So we weren’t taking them out on walks or doing as much activity with them. Gus wasn’t able to enter training until he wasn’t sick anymore. The whole ordeal took several weeks, so it wasn’t the introduction of a new dog we had hoped for. After the dogs got better, their level of play went from 0-100. Their play was adrenalized from the get go and we spent a lot of time separating them.

Now we have been walking them daily and making sure to keep them separated at different parts of the day. We play with them outside when it’s not too hot. Now Gus attends training. While some things have gotten better, I just want to make sure I nip any aggressive behavior from Juniper in the bud.

I haven’t seen resource guarding but I’ve noticed that if my sister or I say “no” to Gus, Juniper will come in and come after Gus. Gus is a mostly submissive personality - he doesn’t just take it, but it almost seems like he thinks they’re having a grand ole time and playing with each other. Other times it looks like Gus does something to annoy Juni and she’s not shy about letting him know. For instance, Gus will go for Juni’s hind legs during play which really pisses her off. Also, if Gus is running around, Juni will go after him.

any advice or insight y’all could give me I would happily take. I’ve never had difficulty with introducing a new dog, but I’ve also never had a female boxer before either. Anything that I could be doing wrong or not doing enough- I’m open to feedback.

Thank you all!

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Be careful looking at trainers I have seen over and over where these so called "trainers" can't seem to manage a Boxer I have heard of people saying their dogs were untrainable ect ect. SO not true!!! Its these "trainers" even the TV kind don't understand Boxers at all. There is a way to get thru to them and consistency is one of the best things you can do dogs love a routine. I think its wonderful you don't crate them all the time and you are doing a pretty good job so just keep at it things will work out I am sure of it!
Yup I’ve tried it all, group training lessons to individual training lessons. My little girl Grace is a lot to handle. She has her good days but most of the times she likes to tug and pull because she’s just so full of energy. I have to take her on runs and let her loose to burn energy on the regular and after she may have a normal walk but if I take her in the mornings or after work she’s a fireball. I used the sprenger prong collar (I think that’s how you spell it) and it works somewhat but to be honest a shock collar is what works best. I don’t turn it up high at all I have it set to an intensity where it’s strong enough for her to feel it but doesn’t cause her harm. Unfortunately I did have a few times it may have been higher than I wanted it as I was looking for the perfect intensity but now she’s like a brand new dog. Persistence is key. With that collar it has a vibrate function you could use it on your dog whenever it does something wrong indoors if you’d like. This is my second boxer she’s pure bred classic flashy fawn and I’m telling you I’ve tried everything. I wish I didn’t need to use this collar at times but she’s so hard headed. She’s 3 years old and she’s finally now stopping her jumping on people. Every time people see her they want her to jump on them so of course that doesn’t help haha. Best of luck friends!
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