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Female Dog Agression #406437 12/01/10 03:43 AM
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I'm completely at my wits end and I have no clue what to do. I have a 3-4 year old female Pembroke Welsh Corgi and she's wonderful... Except...

She keeps attacking my other dogs! She's naturally a little protective just because as a puppy she wasn't socialized well, which I'm working on, but the aggression is just uncalled for. She's good with people except those she doesn't know and as long as I can get her focus on me and give her time to calm down and sniff them, she does okay. Like I said, work in progress, but I have no clue what to do about this constant attacking.

I don't know if spaying her would help. I can't afford obedience training right now, but I've been working with her myself and she's improved in all but that area. I've been told to look for reasons why she attacks and there just isn't any. She'll bump into them or they'll just walk by or she'll just randomly spring on them when they're not even near her. Maybe she wants to be the alpha and is asserting that, I don't know!

I have two other dogs in the house. One's a 14 year old Corgi-Shepherd mix and the other we think is a Chihuahua-Something mix, he's maybe a year old. Plus a cat. She's gone after and attacked them all. Put a notch in the Chihuahua's ear, scarred my cats nose and just tonight she tore a large split in the Corgi-Mix's ear.

I've tried putting her in a kennel when she's bad. Ignoring her. Asserting dominance. Everything those books on dog training say to do, I've done and bought the T-shirt to go along with.

It's getting so bad that my cat doesn't even want to walk around on the floor or be within ten feet of her. Which I don't blame him! She latches on and tugs.

Does anyone have ANY suggestions at all? I've gone to vets and all they tell me is that she needs to be spayed and it'll all go away, which I seriously doubt. She's going to be spayed soon anyways, but I get the vibe that isn't my solution.

I'm worried that she'll hurt the cat or the smaller dog or even my Corgi-mix so bad that it'll be irreversible.


Re: Female Dog Agression [Re: Kumo] #406440 12/01/10 04:07 AM
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yah thats seems to be the general answer for most vets..spay or neuter...sigh...question is when she attacks how do you handle it...

putting her in a kennel when she's bad is NOT HANDLING IT...Ignoring her is NOT handling it...and usually this means the dog has a LOT of pent up energy that needs to be WALKED off ...Corgi need a LOT of excercise...and as soon as the other dogs go to get near her...BLOCK her from going after them...and make her SIT and STAY and not act out...you may need to have TWO people involved one to hold her close by your leg on a LEASH and someone else to walk the other dogs by her...watch her body language and as soon as she tenses and you suspect she is about to lunge DIVERT HER ATTENTION BEFORE she does that...make her SIT by your side...and take her for WALKS BRISK walks..eventually you will need someone to also walk with the other dogs also making sure she isnt a bully when walking altogether..

Have you never watched Caesar Romero the dog whisperer...???? He has never recommended spaying or neutering to get a dog submissive...thats not the answer...id start watching for his program and WATCH IT...A LOT...its not the dog who needs the most training ...its the owners...who actually inadvertently re-enforce bad behavior...

Ignoring and locking her up however,,,IS NOT ADDRESSING the issues...when the other animals are around she needs to be watched like a hawk and the second she even LOOKS like she is gonna be a BULLY ...BEFORE she act out...it must be stopped...and she must then be made to relax and submit and calm down...and it all shows in her BODY language...

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I take her for two walks a day. Like I said, I've been working with her in regards to socialization. She walks with my dogs fine and I've gotten her to the point where she sits and pays attention to me when other dogs are out and about while we are. It's just that she attacks them just when we're around the house and there's no rhyme or reason. I've tried the kennel, I've tried ignoring her, I've tried keeping her with me at all times with a leash literally tied to my belt. That's the issue. I've done everything every book and show on dog training has told me and it's just hopeless.

I know that Corgis by nature are stubborn dogs to train, but she's a serious problem child. My other dogs all behave beautifully. I've had four, so I know how to train dogs, it's just her. She's the only purebred I've had and the only one who's acted like this.

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Re: Female Dog Agression [Re: Kumo] #406443 12/01/10 04:30 AM
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And I'm not trying to bash down your advice either! Sorry if it came out that way! @___@ That isn't it at all. Thank you very much! I haven't seen anything about that dog whisperer, but I will certainly look it up! Thank you again!


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oh no worries...and you didnt say anything about doing all those things as well...hmmmm have you maybe watched the body language of THE OTHERS that may be triggering HER...is it possible ..its not her sending the negative vibes but its more noticeable as such becuz she responds to your other dogs ...dog body language...

and yes ..the DOG WHISPERER ...EXCELLENT program...and he has many videos etc out there ...been around a long time now...

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Her and the Chihuahua get along pretty well. They play together and such. He kind of hangs around her a lot, but I don't see anything he does that might spur her on. The corgi-mix is older and weaker, so she might go after him for the sake of that. He doesn't go around her much. The cat is so scared he won't even go anywhere near her, but he hasn't been attacked for a few weeks.


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She's gone after and attacked them all. Put a notch in the Chihuahua's ear, scarred my cats nose and just tonight she tore a large split in the Corgi-Mix's ear.

Well what you said there and then what you posted above is very confusing...its contradicting...

anyway ...good luck.

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Sorry, not trying to confuse. Okay, while the Chihuahua and her play together, he still gets attacked. She's put a notch in his ear. She's bit the cat in the face. She split the Corgi-Mix's ear. It's like she's calm and sweet one minute and the next she's being super aggressive.

Thank you for your help. I'll keep trying new things.


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It amazed me at first but my wife's adopted uncle has a small chihuahua and it became terribly ill at anything that came close to him or the wife so he took the blender dog to a vet.

They actually have Zoloft and other antidepressants or whatever for dogs and other animals these days. Her Uncle was told to put the dog on Vitamin A, Give it a Lala toy for masturbation, and then he gave her a prescription for some kind of drug like xanax.

I hate to see any animal treated with synthetic drugs but that dog is now the most layed back thing I have ever seen. He does his lala about thirty times a day and the only time he gets aggravated is when you interrupt his personal time which could be in the middle of a thanksgiving dinner(it actually was this year... Really funny)


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Kumo, sorry but you are missing some body language and looks or barely audible sound. Are you the alpha of your dog pack? If you arent somebody is.

If all of the other dogs have been "fixed" then it may help to have her spayed. It sounds like you are going to have to convince her you are the pack leader and her behavior is unacceptable. Have you pinned her down until she submits. Is this something you can physically accomplish.

If she is calm one minute and aggresive the next, someone is saying something (probably body language or eye contact) to set it off.


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