|Barked: Fri Mar 23, '12 11:37am PST |
|I may have posted something, similar a few months ago, I forgot. So sorry if I did.
Luna is weird around other dogs and I'd really like to at least bring it to a manageable level so going anywhere with her isn't a mightmare. I've been told it was fear aggression, but I don't think so because even if the dog was a teensy dot on the horizon she would run up to it, and that doesn't make any sense if it is fear. A bunch of people told me it was because she needs to be socialized, but we used to take her to the dog park all the time and it was of no help at all.
At the dog park she would find a dog or two and sprint around the park with it until it was time to go home. Then we had a really bad heat spell where the few dogs who still came just sat by their owners. She suddenly became hideous, running in circles around other dogs and screaming her face off.
Basically I keep her on a leash unless I am absolutely sure there are no other dogs around, and then I will only let her off for a few minutes because I just can't risk it. Once, however, she got off her long line because I forgot to tighten her collar and she went after a boxer. He was off leash and a good ten feet away from his owner. They started running about, no growling or screaming or jumping from Luna, they just ran in circles together. It was weird.
Another time I tried to introduce her to a relative's dogs. She was freaking out and screaming and attacking and I went inside (don't remember why). She not only calmed down but showed appeasement signals like turning her head away from the other dogs. When I came back out, she was instantly crazy again.
What she would do to dogs is either instigate a fight or if that didn't work, run around it and bark and grab onto its neck. She doesn't hurt them or seem to want to, but she also will not quit.
Oh, gosh, I'm ranting I'll wrap it up now... What the heck is she doing? IS it a simple explanation of fear or lack of socialization, or is it something else. Frustration from lack of excersize? I'll admit I'm a bit slack on that end. Is it like protecting me or something? Is it protecting every person who happens to be within 20 feet of their dog? Is it some misplaced herding or hunting instinct? She's a lab mixed with something small and thin, don't know what.
Thank you for your time, and sorry for blabbing on and on. I am just really frustrated. Bleh.
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