June 23, 2010 5:47 PM Subscribe
Is my puppy showing worrisome signs of aggression? How can I stop it before it gets out of control?
posted by whalebreath to pets & animals (10 answers total)
I'm a little worried about the behaviour that my five month old boxer/golden retriever mix has been displaying over the past couple of days.
He has always been a very happy go lucky puppy...not too dominant and not too submissive...great at the dog park and excited to play with any dog. He has responded well to dogs who tell him off by just backing off and stopping trying to play with them.
The pup and I recently moved in with my dad, who has a three year old pug. The pug is allowed on the couch and my dog has not been..but I was worried this would lead to problems...so I started letting my dog up sometimes. My dog repeatedly mounts the little pug, and I haven't been quite sure how to deal with this, so I've just been saying 'off' (and then taking him off) and then 'sit'.
We recently went to visit a friend's house who has a territorial german sheperd (sp?). They were okay at first, but then the german sheperd rushed my dog. He reacted in a very frightened way, and I haven't seen him be so scared before, and would not come out of the car after running back into it.
Today i brought him to the dog park (a new dog park) and for the first time he acted fearful and shy. He wouldn't come in and play. He finally warmed up...but seemed more aggressive than usual.
Tonight the two dogs, the pug and my dog, were chewing on their own respective pig ears which my stepmother had bought them (I usually don't allow chews like that, but thought 'just this once'). After my dog's pig-ear was done, he came over near the pug, and there was a growling, barking match, that was over quickly, but was like nothing i have seen from him. After making him sit I sent him to his crate (not in a punish-y sort of way), and the pug walked by his crate. He went nuts barking and growling at the pug...which is so uncharacteristic. I've only heard him bark when playing before now...and every growl has been a play growl. It really worried me...as he's always been so loving and easygoing.
I may also mention that my pup has a bad habit of running from me when he finds treasured and forbidden treats...bones, etc. Today I had a terrible time taking the pig ear from him (earlier, before this skirmish).So maybe I'm losing control of him a little? He's always been very obedient, coming when called, but lately seems to have been rebelling a little. I kind of expected this as I read about teenage years, but I just want to make sure i'm reacting properly to his worrisome behaviours.
The moving around has probably been stressful for him, as has living in a two dog household all of a sudden. We are moving out of here tomorrow to go live with a friend for the summer.
So is my dog turning into a jerk? And how can I stop it?