|Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 11:42am PST |
|I agree with the not a great example re guest. That could easily have been (and does sound like) the younger pup coming of age. Which can happen with certain breeds and mixes. DA, SSA and dominant aggression don't surface until that older age. Or, just a good example although sex specific, a lot of times people have females who go three or four years in pure bliss, and then all of a sudden the home erupts into flat out war. Usually that is because the older female shows one chink in her armor, and then it is war. That's actually why the Boxer rescue I worked for ceased adopting females into female homes as a hard rule, due to all the times females headed back...sometimes six months in, sometimes three or four years in. But it happened way too much, always with the scenario that everything was smooth as silk and then all of a sudden it went not to simply scraps, but war.
I can also muse that with repeated, ongoing corrections, the puppy obviously wasn't listening, so there was trouble in paradise for a while...not just a single incident. You don't know, perhaps the play was tough and the corrections often because the other dog knew this other dog was a threat in the making. Certainly, I'd have been attentive to that. This isn't about putting your head in the sand, but rather that dogs have a right to be dogs, part of which is correcting behavior, which is completely normal and healthy done right. Some dogs lack balance and need extra guardianship....but corrections from a well balanced dog are normal and affirming.
I still see this totally as a split between those who involve themselves with rehomed dogs with pasts and fear issues, and those who raise breeder puppies. You see those splits in training styles also. Who gets drawn to/swears by what.
I don't see coming in to save the day as fostering confidence, which is, after all, defined as "faith in oneself," but rather affirming safety and a reliance on the owner. I think that can certainly bolster comfort levels in an insecure dog, but if you want to raise a well adapted adult with some sense of self agency, you need to let them be when you can. As I said before, when I am looking over at a scene I am looking at both dogs, because there is a conversation going on. It's the nature of that conversation that would have me intervene, that and knowing my dog. Well balanced dogs don't attack puppies. They may correct them very hard, but they won't attack as puppies are neither threats nor challenges. For as much as the dog is growling, the puppy is responding, "no, let's play!" Dogs speak dog and hear that. Teenage periods are always a little more volatile, for the pup then may want to test the adult dog more. For an adult dog to pop and attack a puppy and be issuey thereafter means something was amiss with that adult dog beforehand. I am not saying it can't happen, but on a well balanced dog...there was no threat there. To develop issues because a puppy made you pop isn't normal.
This thread makes me sad because of that Tonka thread, and that poor puppy she sent back to a not so good breeder due to her fear that because of a dog attacking incident the puppy would develop fear aggression. She did credit your mentor, Asher, as her basis as a trainer, and I am not saying at all that Ali would say the same thing...I think she'd say differently....but it just goes to show that preaching too much about how an altercation can ruin a dog's life in this case ended up having a puppy getting booted out of a good home and back to a very bad breeder. That's sad. And that's fallout.
Sounds to me like you have a well adjusted Dachshund, D'Ar, and I am glad he has a puppy friend. Definitely your SBIL's head isn't where it needs to be, as he needs to guide his puppy and not blame another dog's reaction rather than seeing that his puppy was being a pest and that he was lucky D'Ar is so together and contained.
Edited by author Wed Jan 16, '13 11:57am PST
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