Bailey has been with us a little over a month now, and I know that isn't long enough to expect significant changes. For starters, her behavior towards Pebbles is improving, and that makes us very happy! She still has snappy moments, but overall they're in a different place now.
O.K. Bailey never once showed any signs of aggression towards me. She actually rolls over on her back when approached, so I don't when or where our misunderstanding happened. She's met my parents already. She was fine with my mom and barked at my dad. My mom came over Saturday with a leaf blower in her hand; Bailey barked. We figured the blower scared her. She retreated to the bedroom. I went to get her about 20 minutes later and she growled at me. I picked her up afterwards and we all went back into the living room. So, I don't know if the whole leaf blower situation rattled her enough to feel she needed to defend herself against me or not.
Day 2 (Sunday night)-My dad came over and Bailey barked and growled. That didn't surprise me b/c she's done it before. I know that has to be worked on, but I think she may have issues with males. Anyway, my dad kneeled down to let her sniff. She sniffed and went back to barking. So, we left her alone and she got on the sofa. After about 30 minutes, I checked on Bailey. I approached the back of the sofa annoucing myself, "Hey Bailey" and reached down to pet her. She snarled, jumped up growling, and bit my hand. I said, "No" as firm as I could, but I was pretty shocked. The bite wasn't too bad, but I got checked out at the hospital (which was a tough pill for me to swallow b/c I didn't know doing so would have the police notified).
I'm sorry; I didn't mean to make such a long post, but I wanted to give as many details as possible. Someone at work said I should've made her submit right away, but I'm sorry I couldn't think about that at the time. I don't want her to bite me again obviously, but I think I missed the opportunity to let her know her behavior wasn't acceptable.
At first I felt conflicted. I've never had a dog bite me before, and I don't want to be in over my head. We're keeping her away from visitors for the time being. I just hope we're able to help her. I am going to let the lady with the rescue know, plus I want to hear how the other dogs are doing in their new homes.
P.S. Bailey is a Chihuahua(for those who don't know)
I was so angry when I typed out a novel earlier in response to your post, and my computer messed up. I tried hitting my back arrow, only to find a blank "Reply to Topic page". So I regrouped, counted to ten, and am now attempting this again since I like you and your babies so much lol
What I basically said was, moments like that can be heartbreaking. I always try to stress to people, though rescuing dogs is a wonderful, rewarding gift... it is not for everyone. I am so glad you are honest, and sharing the good with the bad times so that people who haven't had the opportunity to rescue, can fully understand. We get the left overs, the throw aways that someone didn't care enough to take the time for. Lots of times, the extent to the damage is unknown until a situation comes up.
She may never "like" men, but it is possible to train her with distraction & redirection as you slowly bring men closer and closer before she goes all out in melt down mode so that she will tolerate them. The key is getting and keeping her attention with something she likes focused on you before she has a chance to see them and become alert so they are no longer a big deal.
Stay strong and patient, don't set your expectations too high as she learns to be a well behaved dog and enjoy her life. Set backs are to be expected and completely normal ;)
I just wanted to thank you both for your replies. I'm sorry you had to start over Pope, but I appreciate you taking the time to do so :)
I'm just now reading the links you posted. I got in late from class night and had an all day class at work today, so I'm finally free. I found two dog behaviorist in the area, so they'll hear from within the next week. I know it's time to assert myself with her, and I guess I have to since my method isn't working. She snapped at me again last night when getting her off the sofa. I know I need to keep my nerves in check, and to be honest, I'm doing a terrible job at it. I thought of something else today; she was near the other person in the household each time she showed aggression towards me. She's typically close to her whenever she's home.
So anyway, thank you both. We're going to have someone come here, and in the meantime,I'll have to kick it up a notch (or two) ;)
Thank you :) You know, returning her was one of my first thoughts, but I'd really like to work with her. I'm just trying to remind myself that I got her not really knowing much about her background. Hopefully we're able to turn things around. I know it isn't her fault, and I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons why I want this to work.
I laughed when you mentioned the towel b/c I thought about getting a pair of really thick gloves last night after she snapped. I dismissed it b/c the thought of me wearing gloves for protection just seemed...sad! However, if that's what I need to boost my sense of security, so be it. I'll just walk around with gloves :)
On a brighter note, we have some pictures of Pebbles and Bsiley. I'll upload and post them later.
if that was me boy I don't think I would of been so gentle and understanding as you and just let it go I would of made her submit,
I had a Min schnauzer I had that dog since she was 8 weeks old (show dog) nothing bad ever happened to that dog but yet she was the meanest lil sh*t ever she never bit me but she would literaly charge and attack other people including my husband I have her in class' since I got her and it never helped finally one day my son was playing on the floor he was 6 months old and she went up and bit him in the face that dog was gone the next morning.
So Moral of my story I guess is some dogs are just agressive and nothing can change them I hope for you that she will change with class' and such good luck to you.
Also police are always called aswell as animal control in the case of a dog bite
Thanks Venus and believe me, I completely understand. There are no children in the household, but we do have an occasional little visitor. She hasn't been by lately b/c she suffers from allergies. Bailey will not be around any visitors for now (although we don't get many). We're going to try everything within our means; I just want peace knowing we're doing all that we can.