|Barked: Tue Jan 29, '13 1:40pm PST |
|I swear every time we get somewhere with one of Rigby's "quirks" a new behaviour shows up out of the blue.
She's always had a fear of GSDs (mainly, I suspect, due to the poor behaviour and ownership of the ones in my area...resulting in her being pinned by them on numerous occasions). That was manageable. Keep an eye out when at the park, and sort of mediate when necessary. She would cautiously walk past these dogs.
Now, we've gone to the park twice in the past week where she has behaved incredibly skittish of any dogs larger than her.
The first time it was 2 or 3 Golden Retrievers. None of which even gave a glance in her direction, but as soon as she saw them, she bolted the opposite way.
She ignored my calling for her and simply ran and hid.
I approached her and was able to get her under control before these dogs got too close, and I walked her past them no problems.
That was the only incident that day.
Now today I took them back to the park (I should mention that this is an un-fenced hiking park). Everything was fine until these 2 Great Danes were on the trail ahead. Now these were considerably more rambunctious than the GRs, but again she started bolting at the very sight of them. I got a hold of her, and these dogs did have interest in her, but were called off by the owner.
I encountered them again on my walk, and leashed Rigby before they noticed us. Luckily they paid no mind and continued walking. I then let Rigby off leash again seeing only a black s-poodle looking dog, I figured they would be fine.
I was wrong.
Again Rigby tried to flee back and ignored me.
It's only been within the past week or so that she's done this.
Previously she would just give the dogs she did not enjoy a wide berth.
Nothing that I know of has happened directly for her to act this way. No ill encounters or anything...
Thoughts? I'd really hate to stop taking her to this park. They get such a good run there, and there's nowhere else in the area that I know of like it.
Today is what I would have considered to be an "off" time too, 3pm as the kids get out of school, and freezing rain fog...
With the poodle today, the dog barely looked in her direction, but Rigby let out this awful screeching noise combined with snarled teeth
A little scattered, I know.
Rigby and Cobain spent the weekend at my parents the 18th-20th. My mother says nothing out of the ordinary happened.
However, here my SIL brought her untrained large mix that has previously "menaced" Rigby, and apparently she urinated all over my floors when the dogs and I weren't home Dunno if that would have anything to do with it.
Edited by author Tue Jan 29, '13 1:57pm PST
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