Puppy agression question
Posted by Bitohoneylady on 4/8/2012, 9:23 am
So I did something REALLY STUPID. I have been working with the dogs, on basic commands, sit stay, lie down, heel, etc. I usually do Sasha, Dallas and their puppy at one time, and the boxer pup alone. Well, last night, I had a roast chicken that was about 3 days old and needed the room in the fridge, so decided to pick it and give it to the dogs while in the kitchen. Now, all my dogs have been taught since birth to eat out of our hands, eat together, no one is ever agressive except Sasha, who eats alone, but she is fine with hand feeding around others. All was going well, until I gave Teeny (my moms 3 lb chihuahua) a peice of chicken and Major my 4 month old boxer pup. He swirled around and picked up moms dog by the middle and growling began to shake the hell out of her. I screamed, he dropped her, I immediately yelled no no no, and put him in his crate. I checked her over, luckily she had a thick sweater on and she was ok, but I spent the rest of the night bawling my eyes out as I've NEVER seen such agression by a puppy, ever. I know it was my fault by feeding something like chicken (a favorite) with all of them together, but he's only 4 months old, he should be showing that type of agression. I have noticed he's pinned her against a wall but I thought they were playing, now I don't think it's playing. I just don't know what to do, I'm so very very upset. I love that boxer puppy so much, and he's just fine in every other way, but with 3 chihuahuas in the house, what if he does it when I'm not in the room to stop it? |
How do I curb that agression? I can put a muzzle on him, but that's not really solving anything. I was thinking of getting a trainer to come to the house like I've done with other dogs, but what can they do about that? Is that something they have "inside" them? I just don't know what to do, he's only 4 months old, could he have learned that from Dallas and Sasha pinning him when he gets to rough with them (they will pin him on his back, then let him go, no biting or anything, just putting him in his place) HELP.