have a question.. i am petsitting for a psychotic 13 yr old gsd mix and a really sweet 1 yr old gsd mix.the 13 yr old queeniefollows me around the house constantly barking and growling at me for the entire visit. chloe the baby is always trying to get in the middle of us.chloe is actually making it more dangerous for me by getting in between us because queenie really freaks and goes after chloe and has just missed biting me instead. so my questions are these: is chloe trying to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation by redirecting queenies aggression towards her? also why would chloe try and lick queenies mouth while queenie is going after her? and tonite during one of these displays chloe was actually offering her neck to queenie. she really was making her neck available for queenie to bite. why would an animal do these things? are they all signs of appeasement or just stupidity on chloes part? i feel so bad for chloe she gets attacked at least 4-5 times while i am there. but she also makes me very mad because if she is getting in the middle to direct queenies attention off of me she has pushed me into a corner doing so and thats not a good place for me to be.
Scout, I really don't know, but it sounds like chloe's behavior in putting her neck out is submissive to queenie. When my chi goes up to my golden or pug, even though they don't fight, she will automatically lay on her back, belly up, like she's saying, see, I'm just a baby, don't hurt me. At least that's how I've always thought of it. That's the only explanation that comes to mind for that. As far as getting in between you, she could very well think she is protecting you, or maybe she just has to be in the middle of everyting. Haven't y'all ever had or been around one of those dogs that is constantly under your feet, no matter what is going on because they don't want to miss out on anything. Are you afraid of queenie at all? If so, maybe she senses that. You really are stuck in a corner. Maybe I'm just crazy, but that is what came to mind when I read your post. Who knows....but good luck and be careful.
gina because of chloe getting in the way i was literally pushed into a corner. i just bit the bullet and walked past queenie to get out of the corner. mostly i try to ignore her and even though she follows me around growling it seems its only more of a problem when chloe gets in the way. gbat: yes i should find another line of work. for whatever reason it is i get all the problem cases for petsitting. whenever i mention to anyone that i have to go petsit they always ask me what problem animal do i have this time. they hear all mystories and know exactly who i mean when i talk about them.the extra money is help ful but i am starting to not like it so much.
Could you possibly rotate the time they spend out of a crate? My friend has several dogs that don't get along. While one is roaming the house, the other is in the crate or in the fenced-in yard. She switches them out throughout the day so that they all get time outside, time with people, and time in the crate.
Chloe licking the other's dog's mouth is a behavior that mimics what puppies do to adult dogs to get them to regurgitate food. it's a type of supplicating behavior. I think that you are right, chloe is trying to diffuse the aggression queenie is showing. Ithink your best bet is to keep the dogs seperate, give each time alone but not together, not just for your protection but because it's not fair to chloe to be attacked as she has been.