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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!
Roo D. Smith

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Barked: Tue Feb 15, '11 3:40pm PST 
Roo is going to the vet tomorrow evening for a full work up. The behaviorist called me back & she's coming over Thursday afternoon. Today has been very bad. Sometimes he growls if I simply look at him. My heart hurts.

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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!
Roo D. Smith

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Barked: Tue Feb 15, '11 2:05am PST 
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Roo D. Smith

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Barked: Mon Feb 14, '11 9:46pm PST 
me, too!
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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!

Roo D. Smith

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Barked: Mon Feb 14, '11 3:12pm PST 
Thanks so much! I will keep you posted. For the record - I'm not a nail painter... at all. Keep those suggestions coming, tho'! Please & thanks!
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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!

Roo D. Smith

He who has the- most toys WINS!
 
 
Barked: Sun Feb 13, '11 8:11pm PST 
Thanks for the responses so far, everyone. As I said - we don't really have behaviorists in this area - and I have already called the one that I do know & trust twice - and she hasn't returned my calls.

Thanks so much for all of the advice so far. I'd love to hear more responses.
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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!
Roo D. Smith

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Barked: Sun Feb 13, '11 1:08pm PST 
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Behavior & Training > Aggression towards me (Mommy!) & only me - *I need help* - please!

Roo D. Smith

He who has the- most toys WINS!
 
 
Barked: Sun Feb 13, '11 12:28pm PST 
Just to forewarn you all - this will be a long & detailed post. That being said - trainers & behavior specialists - please read this. I'm desperate. I need help with this one.

For the last few months Roo has been displaying signs of aggression with me & only me. It has been getting progressively worse. It's very random. It's always when I am petting him or reaching to pet him. He'll growl, bear his teeth & bite. he has yet to puncture my skin, but the bites have turned from warning nips to full on bites. Today he got me so hard it bruised my hand, no blood, just bruising.

I have always had dogs. All of my life. I'm great with training. I know dogs. I know my dogs. I LOVE my dogs. I have never been one to hit my animals. I take excellent care of them. I have no children. My pets ARE my children. I am 42, married with 2 other dogs, 2 cats and a bird. Roo has shown no aggression with any of the other pets or my husband.

He has a history of back spasms. I do not believe the back pain is related to his aggression. I know Roo - I know when he is spasming. He does display aggression when he has back spasms, in the same manner. Bearing teeth, snapping, biting. That has been going on for as long as he's been here. I know how to handle that. I don't know how to handle this.

This is completely different. I can literally SEE the anger come across his face. His whole demeanor changes - he just snaps.

Roo was adopted from a rescue a few years ago. He has always been VERY loveable and friendly. He had a very rough start. When the rescue got him he was badly starved & abused. He is my 'special needs' boy because he does have a history of back spasms & it took a lot of patience & training to get him healthy & happy again. You can read his rescue story on his page.

I am going to take him in for an examination by my vet, but I *know* it's behavioral. I just know. I know my dog. Something is wrong. My vet suggested perhaps he is trying to claim my place in the pack. OK - but what do I do if this is the case? I've had dogs ALL of my life - I've never encountered a problem of this capacity & it's breaking my heart. I've been crying all damned day. My vet also said perhaps it stemmed from an accidental stepping on his paw or tail - but I don't recall ANYTHING like that happening.

My vet also suggested calling a woman here who specializes in behavior training. This same woman worked with Roo years ago when I had him take one of her classes. I have called her twice - she has yet to return my calls. It should be noted that I have been with my vet for over 20 years & I have complete confidence in her & I love her to bits. Roo also occasionally sees her colleague when she is unavailable - and I am very confident with him, also. Roo is great with both of them.

OK so - like I said - it's always really random. Always when I am either already in the process of petting him or when I am reaching to pet him. I love on my dogs A LOT - so this has been happening a lot. It doesn't appear to be centered on any one specific part of his body that I am petting or touching, either.

I do NOT retreat when he snaps. I am not afraid of him - at all. I have actually gotten to the point that I let him bite me - and keep biting me until he settles down. I have also tried just walking away & ignoring the behavior. I have tried positive reinforcement - and I'm not going to lie - I've tried raising my voice and scolding him as it's happening - as has my husband. He seems to respond when my husband scolds him, but not me. I don't like raising my voice, but I've tried it. Neither of us have ever hit him.

I was injured while walking my dogs with my husband a little over a year ago. I fell as we were walking. I fell HARD. I dislocated my hip, tore my acl & herniated a disc in my back. As a result of that - I lost my job because I was unable to work. I have been home pretty much 24/7 with them for over a year. With the exception of my back - I have healed - but I still experience a great deal of pain with my back & can't do the things that I used to. Couple that with the awful winter that we've had - it goes without saying that my dogs aren't getting the exercise that they used to get. We used to walk them regularly. Now - I just can't. I do make sure that they have 'play time' every day - and I do have a fenced in yard that they can run & play in. Roo LOVES running in the back yard. He still does it every day - full speed - circling the yard like a maniac. It's funny. Definitely no pain there. He loves it when Stella & Dexter play 'chase' him in the yard, too. Stella only plays this game on her terms - Dex plays it but he's not very tolerant to the cold. Even with a sweater on the little guy can only be outside in these temps for so long before he sits down & starts to shiver. *I* play chase with him every day - even with my bad back - because I know how much he loves it. So yeah - he hasn't been getting as much exercise, but this aggression thing all started long after my injury.

I'm really starting to stress about it. For the last few months I've been very calm & relaxed - even when he's snapping at me... but now I am starting to worry. What am I doing wrong? What did I do wrong? What do I do next? Noting is working, it's getting worse & more frequent.

Will he eventually turn on the other animals? My husband? My neighbors that live downstairs? (they have a 2 year old little girl, too) I'm starting to have thoughts of putting my baby boy Roo down! I can't even imagine doing that - but I can't have an aggressive dog, either. My city is terribly lacking in behavior specialists. We don't even have a dog park, for God's sake. My options are limited. I feel like a failure. I have NEVER felt this way when it comes to my babies.

What should I do? I'm SO upset. I would literally DIE for any one of my pets & I love Roo SO much. I love all of them SO much. I am heartbroken over the fact that he's only doing this with me. I know he loves me. You can see the love in his eyes for me. Then his eyes glaze over & it's nothing but anger. Then he's fine. Then he's snapping again. It's making me sick to my stomach with worry. I've done research on Dogster & the rest of the internet until my head hurts from reading.

I am BEGGING - Please - someone - help!
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Behavior & Training > How do I \'uncrate\' my dogs?

Stella D.- Smith

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Barked: Fri Oct 2, '09 12:53am PST 
Thanks for the input everyone!
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Dog Health > Problems with Frontline

Roo D. Smith

He who has the- most toys WINS!
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 30, '09 11:06pm PST 
Ok so I have been using Frontline all year on all of my animals. The fleas here have been especially bad this year and I have actually already called the company to say that I didnt think the product was working properly. They pretty much just blew me off.

So - my cat - Cletus - recently developed an eye issue. I took him into the vet yesterday and they are attributing it to an allergy to flea bites. He DOES have fleas - and I just gave them all a dose of Frontline 2 weeks ago!

This stuff (all good flea meds, really) is expensive - especially when you're treating FIVE animals - and it's NOT working for us. Is this common? My vet said they have been getting quite a few complaints about Frontline this year.

Also - any recommendations for a better flea med? I have 3 dogs, 2 cats. All indoor dwellers of course - except when the dogs go out to the yard and for walks, etc.

I used to use Advantage and NEVER had a problem - but I switched a while back because it didn't cover ticks - and we do have a lot of ticks in this area.

I can't use Advantix because of the cats. So - what's a Mommy to do?
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Behavior & Training > How do I \'uncrate\' my dogs?
Stella D.- Smith

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Barked: Mon Sep 28, '09 8:18am PST 
Thanks, Manny. The behavior thing is more of an issue for me, tho'. The space thing is a pain in the butt, but i can deal with it. I would just like to be able to give them the option of using them if they want to - and leaving the crate doors open like i do with Stella.
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