|Barked: Mon Jun 11, '12 7:46am PST |
|I know this topic has been covered plenty of times in the past but I feel like Bailee's issue is a bit unusual - perhaps I'm just kidding myself! Sorry this is rather long...
Some background: Bailee is 3, and we have an 8 or 9-year old AmStaff who has been around since we brought Bailee home (at 14 weeks). They get along fine, or at least they always have in the past. I bought Bailee a new Wubba (the Kong toy) a couple of weeks ago, it's her favorite even though she destroys them relatively quickly. The last one she got was at Christmas, and she was fine with it - didn't care who took it, what was done with it, etc. The AmStaff happens to only like tennis balls, ropes, and nylabones, so he doesn't even mess with her wubba. Anyway, Bailee had her wubba and was chewing intently on it...the other dog happened to walk past - not even showing a passing interest in her toy - and she growled at him. My husband went to reach for the wubba and she growled at him. We corrected her for that, obviously, but she did it again...and was corrected again.
Fast forward a day or two, and we're outside after their walk and they are chewing on bones. The other dog stands up to go out further in to the yard, walks past Bailee, and she growls and bares her teeth at him.
A couple of weeks go by, and yesterday we take her to the first dog park she's ever been to. Lots of other dogs, she's playing, sniffing, running, everything's good - she even got in the water a little bit. We have a portable dog bowl on the ground, under the picnic table we're sitting at, because the AmStaff hates water and would rather die of thirst than go near the lake to get a drink. Bailee's fine for a while, but then she sees another dog go to the water bowl and get a drink...after that she stayed very close to the water bowl, intently watching any dog that even came close to it, even when they weren't interested in the bowl, and she was quick to show her teeth to any dog that got close to the bowl, even if they didn't realize it was there. I picked the water bowl up and put it on the table where she couldn't see it, but she was still being a nut about it. We packed up and headed to the other section to let her run in the field and try to break her focus on the bowl, which she wouldn't even drink out of anyway. We left shortly after. Last night after dinner my husband gets two treats out and puts them on the table, then tries to play rope with the dogs...Bailee wants none of it, can't get her focus off of the treats, and any time the other dog even walked in the general direction of the table where the treats where she tried to keep him away and did her new growling/teeth baring thing.
Where did this behavior come from, and what do we do about it? Up until recently she was so laid back about everything nothing phased her - we weren't even aware she was capable of growling LOL
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