|Barked: Thu Nov 10, '11 7:42pm PST |
|My cousins dog Zero, a Chihuahua, I think possibly Japanese Chin mix and Baby, my dog have not liked each other for over a year now, and some people keep blaming Baby when Zero is the reason the two of them are in the situation of "We do not like each other."
They are not outright aggressive, but when they see each other the situation can seem, and/or be very tense just by the way the stare at each other and sniff, circle while greeting like they're sizing each other up.
When Zero was a pup they got a long great, played did everything around the house and so on.
Honestly I do not think Zero was well socialized with other dogs and has proven to be anything, but friendly with other dogs. The only dog she really seems to go crazy and happy for is Chewy, and I have no clue because he usually ignores her when she's around unless she starts running around.
Anyway, once Zero turned one the tables totally turned, as soon as she came over she was very "snippy" and came in like she was trying to take over the place. Baby actually did very good, and did her best to try to ignore Zero whenever she was being a little jerk.
Zero continuously tried to start fights in our home and outside, and when one of us was holding Baby she jumped up and latched onto her foot.
They had their moments when they would be playing then Zero would turn around and be trying to start another fight.
THEN my cousins moved here, which is great the only two that have problems are Baby and Zero.
At first when they moved here Zero was outright aggressive I would say. When they met outside she would show her teeth snarl, and try to attack.
Baby ignored her all the time and only snapped once when Zero jumped on her back. After Baby snapped for the first time Baby got the blame because of her "bad reputation" with being growly around kids and having resource guarding issues.
Baby is great with other dogs outdoors though and is the most friendly with other dogs of any age, size etc. I know she has her problems, but almost automatically gets blamed for something when her and Zero are together.
Now, Baby has lost all trust in Zero I believe, and Zero is now trying to be more "subtle" when she's trying to start something.
When we walk them Zero will continue to stare at Baby a she walks and if Baby tries to walk by Zero will growl very very low so my cousins or anyone else can not hear it. I'm the only tone that pays attention to what they are doing so I'm usually the only one to catch it.
Today bumped into the cousins and Zero on a walk. They both had their very stiff, rigid, sniffing, circling greeting then we went home and let them continue greeting in the street.
My cousin then started petting Zero and Baby looked over and Zero started baring her teeth, Baby then growled and they tried to go at it.
My cousin just said, "Oooh, Baby's getting mad."
And I told him "Yeah, but she wasn't mad until Zero started showing her teeth which I guess you did not see."
And he didn't say anything.
We try walking them together, but they will still try to go at a little scrap every once in a while from my experience 90% of explosions have been started by Zero.
They've only been in one fight so I just say they have explosions, because that's what they are pretty much.
Some people keep saying let them figure it out for themselves. My aunt also said that, beacuse she's also seen how Zero acts. Nobody else takes Baby's side except for me and a few other people because nobody every catches Zero or pays enough attention to see the little things she is doing to start the fights.
If Baby were the one starting things I'd point it out and "correct" her without taking sides or blaming anyon, but she isn't it's Zero.
They have also shown signs of redirecting frustration onto each other.
We were walking b a fence of annoying barking doggies. Baby started getting excited. Zero tried to go after her and Baby started growling ready to meet her head on.
Sorry about the long rant. I just wanted t get that off my chest and hopefully get some advice on how to work with them and maybe work them up to atl east being neutral around each other.
I think we should start increasing the walks together, but other then that I don't know what else we can do.
There are times when I would like to let Baby just have at her, and show Zero who's boss, but then again I'm not sure if that's the right decision.
A friend of mine told me it could show the other who is boss and help them form some kind of respect for the other, but eh...
Thanks for reading, any advice would help.
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