Whiskey just attacked Norris again. He was not spooked, he had no excuse he just went after poor Norris. Norris was just walking past him (even keeping his distance!) and Whiskey snarled and went after him. It took both Colin and I to get him off of poor Norris. Poor Norris is scared to death and Whiskey is sulking because he got in trouble. I am about ready to scream! I told Colin - we can NOT keep him if he's going to keep doing this- what happens when he goes after one of the kids (my nieces or nephews)??? Colin was like - well what do you want me to do. I told him that we both have to work with him and both be on the same page training wise to try and help him. If Whiskey keeps this up - there is no way we can keep him doing this. I hate to sound soooo horrid- but he scares the tarnation out of me when he does that- i will not keep a violent/aggressive dog in our house like this
This is such a tough sitauation. I told Colin that we need to take him into the vet next week for some blood work to make sure everything's ok mentally/etc - so we're going to try that along with working with the vet/behaviorist. PLEASE keep your fingers crossed that all of our efforts work- i do not want to get rid of Whiskey, but i am honestly scared to keep him here like this.
One thing i did want to ask about though - When Whiskey attacks Norris- he doesn't break the skin and make him bleed- just "teeths" him to death. What does that mean??? He also growled at Velvet today
Originally Posted by white cat lover
Well, I do think that between you & Colin...working with a behaviorist...that you guys can do this!! If you ever need to vent or anything, just PM me!!!
thanks for letting me vent hon and being such a sweet friend.
Originally Posted by Fostermomm
Just a thought here. Your situation got me thinking about my ex's dogs and our fosters we had. We had one dog then we adopted another he was fine with her but any time we brought in a foster he would do like you describe Whiskey doing. If the dog would walk past him if he had his favorite toy, if he was near food, if he was laying down
and generally any time he felt vulnerable in general. But he would play with them fine. It would take him a few weeks to really start it up I guess he got a little comfortble with the other dog and about a month before he stopped doing it completely. We finally figured out he was just showing the other dogs who was boss and they all learned what they could and couldnt do around him. Once they figured it out and learned to respect him they were fine. We think he didnt do it with our first dog because he was coming into her territory and therefore she had the rights. Maybe thats what is going on with Whiskey?
Wjiskey sounds like he came from the same kinda situation that Bubba was in before we got him. So thats an idea. Either way sounds like you have things under control. Keep on working with him. Bubba ended up being an awesome dog once we figured out what he was doing and corrected his behavior. We let him know that he was not top dog in the pack. He knew it with us humans but he had to learn that he wasnt with other dogs. We used very very strict NILIF with him and hes turned out great.
what you're describing with your dog- sounds exactly like what's going on with whiskey. he's never gone after fosters- but then again fosters was here first and he's huge in comparison to whiskey. fosters is definitely top dog out of the two (but both are submissive to us because we are the pack leaders). Whiskey was doing ok with Norris for about 2 weeks then this all just started happening. BUT Norris has never tried to be aggressive/dominant over him. Is Whiskey you think just trying to establish himself about Norris or what? I'm soo confused about this all. I REALLY want to help my little guy- i love him to pieces and i hate that i'm even considering rehoming him- but i am scared to keep him in the house doing this. I'm hoping that when Norris leaves this behavior will stop but i honestly don't know what to expect. Any tips or advice as to what else you did with your dogs?? I'd REALLY appreciate it! Thankyou soo much hon!
Originally Posted by crittermom
Is there any way that he suffered some head injury Nikki? Maybe he has some kind of imbalance going on in his brain?
I have no idea Tammy
But after what happened a minute ago- i told colin that he HAS to work with me and him- we have to work together as a team on this to get him the help/work he needs. We are planning to take him to the vet soon to have some blood work/neurological exam done in case this continues. He doesn't seem "off" in the head but i honestly don't know what to be looking for.