|Barked: Tue Mar 26, '13 8:03pm PST |
|Let me qualify my reply by stating what a lot of folks on here already know... I've got nearly 3 decades in the breed and am still VERY active in showing and pulling.
She's maturing. Some DA is to be expected. That said, you aren't doing her any favors by not adequately exercising her. A couple of hours loose isn't the same as structured exercise.
A tired, well exercised dog is a happy dog. Most of mine do 5-10 miles on the treadmill at least every other day or they become like springs that have been wound too tight. That's on a typical day. If I'm getting them ready for a show or pull, they get worked everyday on a set schedule depending on what they are going to be doing (show, pull, or both).
Second, a basket muzzle is not uncomfortable for a dog to wear. I recently came back from living abroad for nearly 4 years. During certain times of the year, my dog had to wear not only a basket muzzle, but a special cover over it so that it could act as a mask to ensure he wasn't breathing in micro particles of yellow dust/sand. It literally took me a few minutes for me to get him accustomed to wearing it and he quickly caught on that when I brought it out, it meant that we were going outside. On days that the count was up, he wore it every time he stepped outside, even if it was just for a quick potty break. I can pull it out now and he'll happily wag his tail while running to have it put on.
Third, the small dog you said she jumped on had been bothering her previously and on that day. Part of YOUR job is to prevent things like that. I can understand that you'd be somewhat worried that she may do the same to your mini doxie; your best bet is to not let your other dog overly harass her.
Finally, in a well bred APBT, HA is practically non-existent. In general, one form of aggression does not typically lead to the other.
Trigger, you summed up my thoughts. I suspect we're all just banging our heads against the wall here.
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