|Barked: Mon Jan 14, '08 3:01pm PST |
|Hey guys, posting this here and in the Behavioral forum, looking for a little advice, please!
So, lately, I have been a bit of a punk, according to my mom. I have always had an obsession with small dogs (except my brother Fred, who I get along fine with)... usually though it is just that I follow them around staring at them until my Mom distracts me from them. Lately, when they get close to me, I turn around growling and snapping at them. Today, I accidently bit my mom because she grabbed me and I turned around and nipped her hand. It didn't bleed, but I hurt her... I did stop when I saw it was my mom, though... But she is very disturbed by it. So, the person with the other maltese-looking dog went to the other side of the park, and we were fine again. (My two siblings, and my Lab friend Maggie were all on the same side just fine.) About thirty minutes later, a guy with a pretty white bulldog came in and it was fine for a few minutes. My little sister Xena (5 months) was jumping around and I think a little too much for an older dog and the bulldog growled. So, I got in the middle of it and before I knew it, we were fighting and mom was grabbing me and yelling again! . The bulldog's owner was very nice about it- (at least that fight was even) but still, that's two fights in one day.
Mom has this to add:
This is a new thing. Max has grown up around other dogs and been properly socialized with all dogs. He is 21 months and neutered. This started about a month ago where I felt that I couldn't trust him around small dogs... Now, every time we go to the park, it is some dog or another- today was the first time he went after a bigger dog. So, I have never had an aggressive dog, and don't know how to handle this- any suggestions? It is absolutely not directed at people, he loves all people, and once you get him calmed down, loves all other dogs again... It's literally like he is bipolar and something sets him off and he just goes... Sorry this is so long, any advice is appreciated.. Thanks!
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