We have an 8 month Anatolian Shepherd. She is a wonderfully sweet puppy. She loves people, dogs, kids, everybody. Due to work schedules, we have started taking her to a doggie day care once weekly. When she was in the small/medium room (and she was younger) she did very well. She has recently moved to the “large” room.
We have noticed that since that move, she is aggressive toward our senior shihtzus when she comes back.. She growls and occasionally snaps at them. She also does this in her crate. Over the past two weeks, it has gotten worse. She has growled and snapped at my husband when he was getting a big toy out of her crate. (We thought it was since the crate is her “den” and her private spot and she was overly protective of that toy. We got rid of the toy too..) She also growled at our 22 year old son when he was going to let her out of her crate the following day..
She returned to “normal” after a couple of days and us being more conscientious of her crate and her toys. We are trying to not give her anything that she is overly possessive of. However today, when I got home with her, she went under the dining table to sleep. (Another place she loves to go.) I had not taken her harness off and was sitting on the floor and trying to unsnap it. She growled and I thought she was growling at one of our senior dogs, as she has NEVER growled at me. I continued to try and unsnap the harness and she growled again. I spoke quietly to her and said that the other dogs weren’t around. That is when she snapped at me. She bit me on the hand – luckily no skin is broken although I will have a nice sized bruise. I moved back and spoke quietly to her and the other dogs. I waited about 5 minutes and called all dogs over and gave them a treat. Lily listened, followed the all commands I gave her. I then walked with her to the crate and she went in. I left the door open and she is currently sleeping in it.
She is approximately 65-70 lbs and still growing. We have socialized her, taken her to puppy classes, obedience classes, take her to the park daily for walks. I work daily on keeping her occupied and active when I get home to keep her from getting bored. She is a very smart dog, so we try our best to help her stay challenged so to speak during the day.
This is the first time that she has actually bitten one of us. We cannot have a dog that is becoming aggressive. My thought is to keep her out of doggie day care for a couple of weeks and see what this does.
If anyone has suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.AuthorPostsViewing 1 post (of 1 total)
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