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    Unhappy Scary Behavior in Sweetheart Dog

    I adopted a 3 year old Aussie in November. She seemed to have a reasonable temperament initially. (At home, she's a lap dog).

    A few weeks after I adopted her, I realized she was pregnant. She had 7 puppies 3 days later, only 3 of which survived.

    Since the birth of the puppies, I noticed aggressive behavior in Katy. She growls deep in her chest and barks at people who we encounter in my apartment complex. She's especially aggressive with other dogs. She's actually gotten away from me twice, and she doesn't do anything when she gets to the object of her attention. She sniffs and follows, but she doesn't jump up on or bite.

    The puppies are 8 weeks old, and are nearly completely weaned. Lately I have been taking her and the pups out at the same time and letting them play and potty all at once. Katy's been really great, and though there would be some barking, she'd come when I called her and I could get a leash back on her before anything could upset her.

    Today I took Katy outside and when she encountered another dog, they both errupted into very aggressive barking and pulling. I took Katy back inside to calm down, but since then her behavior has gone back to what I'd initially noticed. This evening, she actually pulled me off of my feet and i fell on the concrete (I am 5'8" and by no means a small woman) so that she could go after some young men who walked through the complex. One of the boys actually screamed, believing he was about to be mauled. As usual, once she got to him, she just sniffed him, but I'm worried that her behavior could cause trouble. I don't want to scare my neighbors. I don't want to be pulled off my feet.

    What can I do to correct this behavior in Katy?

    (PS: I never intended to have a dog her size in an apartment, let alone 3 puppies. I'm in the process of buying a house on a half acre).

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    KatyzMama, have you been able to locate some help with Katy's change in behavior? If yes, I am curious to what you've found out. I am wondering if there may be a need to work with a qualified trainer on a one-on-one basis (vs. with other dogs) at first, if more activity time is needed by Katy (I know my aussie needs lots of active time or he can get a little cranky), and/or if changes in behavior can sometimes take place after having puppies.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Florida, USA
    I hope one of our board experts can help you soon. You must be beside yourself with this. I'm sorry to hear it.

    I've been Boo'd...
    Thanks Barry!

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    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA
    Whew, what a lot -- a new dog, larger than planned, a litter, and now buying a house! You DO love change, huh? HE he heee. Bless you, good job.

    I've never had a female with a litter, but I am wondering if some of this ismom protecting her kids, arning off all new comers before they get close.

    When the time is right (sometime after the pups are weaned, but I don't know how long) have her spayed, and then take her to a basi obedience class. Oh yeah, just buying a house you have all kinds of extra cash and free time, huh? I don't know what else to suggest, though.

    In classes, you learn how to communicate with and interact with your dog. She learns that you are in charge, and the 2 of you bond. To the extent that her behaviour is NOT due to having a litter, she needs to let you be the alpha dog, let YOU decide when to set up a barking fuss. You will learn what to do in the class to take charge of the situation, so that she doesn't feel there is a vacuum and step in to fill it.

    Beyond that . . . can we have some photos of mom and pups? Hope to see those in Dog General!

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