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WendyandDolly
20:46:19 Mon
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hi everyone, please could you give me some advice /help. Dolly is only just 5 months old and for the last few weeks her behaviour has changed whenever we are out - either walking or in the car if anyone walks by or trys to say hello or pat her she really goes for them ! i was REALLY shocked the first time but nobody can even look at her without her kicking off! dont you think this is odd for a young pup ? - im really worried - a friend she has met before but hadnt seen for a couple of weeks walked up and tried and Dolly actually bit her hand . dont know where to go from here - has anyone else had anything like this at all ? would be really gratefull for any advice- sorry long posting :help:

  
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First thing I would do is to get her checked out by your vet. She may have pains somewhere and is warning people off not to touch her in case they hurt her.

Secondly if the vet says there is nothing wrong you have to look at it logically. She is the pack leader in your house. By growling and nipping, she is warning people off to keep away from her pack ie you/her family. I would not advocate you take such a young puppy to training classes as they should be 6 months all out, but think a Behavourist might be the correct line for her. You can get and read books by the likes of Jan Fennell - she writes in an easy to read and understand manner. You can get her books off ebay. Ask your vet to recommend a behavourist and take it from there.

As for guarding in the car, some dogs are like that. They can be the most easy going dog in the world yet take their guarding duties very seriously in the car. Either crate her in the car [with a blanket over the top of the crate and down the sides , just leave the front uncovered - limit her outlook or strap her in the car with a car harness so that she has limited mobility and cant jump about. Above all, dont shout at her as she will see this as encouragement - mum shouting with me, type of thing.

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WendyandDolly
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thanks - missed out half of my posting -it looked long when typing it ! Dolly is fine off the lead and can be approached by anyone quite happily _ i didnt know puppies could develop lead/ car aggression so young - just worried she will grow up to be an antisocial dog. will look up behaviourist and he could maybe meet us out walking .

  
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Watch carefully how you react to her when she does it. If you are giving off the wrong signals, you could be encouraging her behaviour. A behaviourist or trainer will help you with that but PLEASE make sure they are acredited and not just out to make a fast buck!!

I agree with Helen, make sure she isn't in pain too. Has she had a bad experience whilst on the lead that you don't know about or haven't associated with her behaviour?

She is only young so I am sure this behaviour can be sorted out :thumbs:



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The behavorist is probably the best thing you can do to ensure you are not giving the dog the wrong signals or not correcting the dog properly. I would not take chances with this because your boxer is at the stage where you probably can still correct it.

We were going to adopt a little dog that we reall liked but he has aggressive tendencies and we gave him back to the owner, he's five years older a lot harder to fix. IMO.

  
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thanks for your replies - my local vet does these sessions and he is happy to meet you out walking and come to the house which will be ideal - i think ! its a shame because Dolly is SO good in every other way , im sure we can get it sorted in time . some dogs are like that i suppose and we will just have to be a lot more careful around people and dogs for now. Shes sleeping like an angel right now - we absolutely adore her !:angelic:

  

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