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Food aggression issues in desired dog at shelter. Is it too risky to work with?

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Charlie- Brown Cocoa- Puffs

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Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 3:30am PST 
i just wanted to add a lil bit. this is a good discussion. you definately want to keep your head on your shoulders and look at all the variables in the situation before you decide to take this dog home or not. However, even dogs with extreme issues can be rehabilitated and/or managed. who knows, you may never be able to feed the dogs together but thats what they make other rooms and baby gates for. easily managed if it can't be fixed. One of my best dogs was on her way to being euthanized. she was a GSD with extreme fear aggression that was about to get her labeled vicious. Her biggest issue though besides having been extremely abused was the people that handled her. GSD's can have a tendency to be pretty bi-polar at times, lol. however, usually that has alot of human influence . In the end with my rescue dog she went everywhere with me. guarded my clients. escorted my limo customers. so she had a complete turn around from mostly being around the right people, consistent training and a good home. so can yours also. good luck
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Phoenix

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Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 11:11am PST 
Thank you so much for all the great advice everyone smile I definitely am feeling more confident now. I am picking her up today and will be keeping a close eye on her. Also, whether I keep the Elkie or not, she will be spayed while she is in my care. Hopefully that will bring down the chances of aggression as well.

Charlie-thanks for the compliment! Yes Phoenix is a cutie, I'll have to post some pictures of his "sister" later!
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Phoenix

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Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 5:01pm PST 
Just a quick update...picked up the Elkhound today, she didn't know her name so my boyfriend and I named her Elsie smile For the first hour we had her on a 20 ft. training leash. Our beagle tried to play with her, and it was going really well for a while until he tried to approach a toy she picked up. She bared her teeth a little, but we were right there to yell "NO!" and have not seen any problems since. They played for a bit, and we took her for an hour walk. She is now passed out in her crate smile I think the play time and exercise is really helping to counter any potential possessive behavior.
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Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

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Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 7:08pm PST 
See....I warned you about the toy transfer laugh out loud I'd just keep the line on her, that way you don't need to be right there if she starts to snarl. It's really better than "no"....to just interrupt the behavior, where the "no" can add a little tension. Did that make sense? This way, you can just pick up her line and walk her away from the situation. And keep the opportunities to a minimum.

She's probably at the age where she is starting to test. Seems pretty composed so far. But again, you need to stay level headed as she is in a new environment and not too secure, so I wouldn't let your guard down on the situation. I be less trusting just as a safety, for as I said, breeder purchased dogs dropped off this young....does prick the ears and very often attaches to a problem that will surface.

I am very all breed....know the breed well, but intimately less than five individuals. I've messaged the main NE person on this board, who has been on the breed many years in every level. Hopefully she'll show up to give her breed insider take of this behavior at this age.
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Phoenix

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Barked: Tue Jan 8, '13 10:22am PST 
Yeah, you were right about the toy behavior. Every time she is out of her crate we're keeping her on the training leash. She doesn't seem to mind our dog at all until food or a toy is involved. We'll see, hopefully with some training she will come around. I took her to the vet today to get her up to date on shots, and found out she is in heat right now. Do you think that has something to do with the aggression? I have already set up an appointment to get her spayed as soon as she is out of heat (they said it's riskier to operate right now).

Wow, you are awesome for messaging the NE owner, I really appreciate it!

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Elsie

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Barked: Fri Jan 18, '13 1:22pm PST 
Another update. I'm posting as her now smile Still haven't adopted her as there are some issues and they don't click completely, but at this point I'm motivated to help with her aggression whether I keep her or not.

HUGE improvement though. She will still growl from time to time but the two are playing now. They'll tug at a toy together with one dog on each end. They also will sit for treats together without one getting mad at the other. The key has been exercise, exercise, and more exercise! I'll feed and play with them after an hour's long walk and afterwards they have even crashed in the same bed smile
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