|Barked: Sun Oct 14, '12 2:07pm PST |
|I'm not sure in that situation, but it could very well be that she triggers something for the two dogs.
I, like Sabi's owner, am Charlie's trigger with one specific dog. He is fine with ALL others. But Charlie has been totally fine and loose with my moms Rottweiler Grizz on MULTIPLE occasions without me in the house. As soon as I come into the picture and Grizz comes near me, Charlie goes after him. More noise than teeth - in fact, Charlie has NEVER done any physical damage to another dog. He's all show and no bite. But I've been working on it for the past year and a half, diligently, and I've successfully had them together for short periods of time, twice in the past couple of months without issues from either dog, other than Grizz giving Charlie a 'chill' growl when Charlie got tense. But I moved Charlie away when I noticed his posture and body language and Grizz just laid there and chilled out.
I'll be honest, when a human is the trigger, it can take A LOT of work. My issue that I fully believe was causing it before? I would get tense, because Charlie liked to pick fights with Grizz. Grizz is a 100+lb Rottweiler, who, if he wasn't the way he is(Charlie can go after him and he sits there with a lolling tongue and wagging tail, and MIGHT curl his lips and growl, at most), could snap Charlie in half easily if he got tired of Charlie's rude behavior. So I always got tense around the two after the first couple times and that only helped it to escalate. Once I realized that was the problem and got a major progress in Charlie's other issues(leash reactivity), they've been doing great together.
I have seen dogs resource guard a person before. But this is an issue where a behaviorist would be best, especially with two strong male dogs that could easily render a lot of damage. I would not leave them unsupervised together anymore, especially not alone with Nanci should they every fight and her not be able to break it up on her own.
I would do lots of counter-conditioning and desensitization with them on leashes. LOTS of high value rewards(separate, but able to see one another) when Nanci is in the room. Particularly from her. You want both dogs to associate one another's presence with Nanci's to be positive, and the more they fight about it, the more steps back you'll end up with.
The previous posters gave some great advice.
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