here is my situation. i work for a vet. our boss has fenced in the acre behind the hospital and everyone brings their dogs to work. at lunchtime all the dogs go out to play.the dobies name is greta, the chessies name is ice there are a few bostons and then my dog scout, which is an anatolian shepherd. as ice has gotten older -about 16 months old now she has become more and more aggressive to the other animals. she on a daily basis will attack the bostons. she has had a scuffle with the dobie greta.greta has put her down several times. now the chessie is becoming aggressive towards scout. they all play fine for awhile then ice starts. now scout is only 10 months old and right now loves everybody and every animal. i have noticed lately when ice starts her nonsense scouts hackles go up. i haven't seen her be aggressive towards ice yet though i feel it coming. it is in the anatolians nature to be the dominant one. i am afraid that once scout matures this may escalate into a serious problem. can i do something now to diffuse a potential problem or do i let the dogs work it out themselves? the girls i work with don't even want to bring their dogs to work anymore because of the chessie. i love that scout is real animal friendly and i don't want this to ruin her. sorry this is so long.
Honestly maybe this is something you don't want to hear,I would leave the dog home.I don't have any other ideas. I know some one else will have other ideas.Actually the super aggressive dog should be left home.Talk to the dogs woner about the dog being left home.
If the chessie has picked fights with other dogs, perhaps you could talk to your boss. (Unless Ice belongs to him/her.) This dog needs supervision and perhaps to be separated. You're right to be concerned about your dog. If a serious fight breaks out between these dogs (the Doberman, your dog, and/or the chessie), someone will be badly hurt. Most breeders I know fear a bitch fight more than two intact males. The bitches seem to be more intent on hurting or killing each other. You may want to simply separate Ice away from everyone. That would probably be the easiest way.
This is a problem, look at it like this.If all the dogs belonged to you and spent all their time together this problem would come up but in time would probly resulve itself to a level.Each dog in the household would take its position in the pecking order.In this case the dogs don't live together,They see eachother for only a short period each day. so this situation will happen again and again because they never really get a chance to work out the pecking order..If your head honcho at home and all of a sudden you see another dog who also beleieves they are the head honcho theres going to be a stand off(fighting for that head position)I would cage muzzle the trouble makers and let them work it out on their own or leave some dogs at home.hope it works out.
thanks for your input. my boss has repeatedly made his dislike for the breed apparent many times to her. nothing ever personal against her dog in particular though. i guess as a group at work we will have to decide what to do. i have spent a lot of time socializing and making everything a positive experience for my pup. obviously those who should know better often don't. thanks again
well here we are 4 months later....... things had been going pretty well for awhile. with all the snow the dogs hadn't had extensive time together. now that it is nice out they have been together alot. the chessie has gotten extremely worse. on weds. the chessie took scout down twice and sat on top of her and wouldn't let her up. scout was air snapping at her and trying to push the chessie off with her legs. when scout did get up she took off. that seemed to escalate the chessie and scout was chased to and pinned up against the fence. scout again air snapped at the chessie and the chessie quit. well when scout went to walk away the chessie was all over her again. the chessie's owner has stopped her dog from attacking the bostons but finds the interaction between her dog and scout amusing. the decision has been made by me to get scout out of the equation. as i was told i am the pack leader and it is my job to ensure my "pack" is safe. monday will be the first day we are both at work together with the dogs. how does one go about telling the chessie's owner that her dog is out of control and until she has better contril over her dog scout will never be allowed to play with her. mind you i want to do this in the least offensive way possible but i don't feel it is going to be easy. please some suggestions ........................
i think mostly the way you worded it, that the chessie is too dominant and knowing dogs this could progress to hurting scout. the chessie is not giving up when scout is being submissive. you could add that if the chessie is under control you would bring scout back. but, this chessie owner does not sound very trustworthy if she thinks this interaction is funny or amusing. this person may be upset or something which may not make work as pleasant, but tell her it's for both dogs best interest. i'm sure she wouldn't want her dog to hurt another dog, you could say. and if some day scout decides to stand her ground, it would't be pretty.
I am in complete agreement with Pearl. There is no easy way to tell someone something like this, but the consequences of not doing it could be much worse. It's not right that scout has to be left out because of one other person's dog, but I wouldn't want to risk it. She/he needs to take that dog out until she/he can get it under control, or not bring it back. If you take scout out of the group there is always the chance that ice will start on another dog. I doubt he'll just stop. I'm not good at confronting people and this would be a difficult situation for me, but I would approach it along the lines of not wanting either dog to get hurt. I hope it works out for you. BTW did the vet ever say anything to this person? It really seems like it should be his/her place to do it.
no the vet never said anything to her. neither did the other girls who owned the bostons. apparently after the last boston attack ices' owner figured out she wasn't just playing anymore. so she should in thoery realize this is not play behavior with scout also. well i'll just lay it out for her on monday. the sun rises and sets on this chessie so it will be hard. thanks.
be compassionate and cosiderate and whatever her reaction after that is hers. if you have done everything with dignity and care, i beleive we are not responsible for others feelings. they are but if we are mean and unjust. we are as guiltiy as sin.
This Chessie needs to learn good and bad play....And the owner is the only one that can do it. I would almost wate until the next little spat happins and when it does then it will be a good oppertunity to say to the owner "look we need to talk about your dogs behavior" and let her know that its nothing personal but her dog is ruining a good oppertunity for all the dogs to be able to spend time together because her Chessie is to rough and dominate, and soon no one will want to bring there dogs. If that doesn't work maby the two of you could agree on days that she brings her dog and different days you bring yours.
update........ yesterday scout was not allowed in the yard to play. i took her for a walk instead. she was very confused. she kept looking at the yard and ice and then looking at me as if to say what's the deal? why aren't we going to play?needless to say she was upset. i talked to the owner of the chessie and her reponses to me were............. 1. scout is the only dog that her dog is so vocal with when they play 2. she sits on eveyone when she plays. she's always done that . its no big deal 3. the dogs will work it out on their own. 4. the whole time we discussed this she was wearing the " my dog is toughshit" smile on her face. 5. she seems to think that as long as her dog is still wagging her tail everything is okay. guess she missed the lecture that a wagging tail is not always a sign of being happy!!!!! she doesn't seem to understand the problems she is going to have down the road with her animal if she decides to get another dog as her two other dogs are now crated at home because of ice. or even if she decides to have a child. i am really just so angry over this you have no idea.