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I know its been a while since i posted

so first i want to say hi to everyone

 

Mikey and Lucy my BC are getting along great!!

Mikey is almost 2 years old and Lucy turned 2 in august.

 

I am still trying to figure out Mikey's reasons for aggresion

 

I noticed an interesting situation a few days ago

 

I was getting out of the car in front of my house and i dropped mikey's leash. No problem since mikey has a great recall and stays out of the street. I didn't see an owner walking a puppy near by.

Lucy was still in the car . I got nervous since i know mikey can sometimes act aggressive to other dogs and mikey had already approached the puppy and i was too far away to hold him back.

Mikey was very friendly doing the sniffy thing. I let Lucy out of the car and she also approached the puppy. When Lucy approached the puppy Mikey started to growl. The puppy is a male and mikey is a male. I am wondering does mikey feel he has to protect Lucy? This would seem strange to me since Lucy is the boss of both of us :rolleyes:

Mikey in general is never aggresive to Lucy, other people or myself instead he is usually timid. Loves children ect. Just wondering if anyone had any insight.

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I don't have an answer to this but I'm experiencing similar issues with Meg. There are apparently all kinds of reasons dog dog aggression happens and a good chunk of it is very 'normal' I'm told.

 

At the moment my currentl hypothesis is that its a combination of age, emotional state, leash issues and personality. On two seperate pet store visits Meg growled at an Aussie baby, and an old Scottish Terrier in one store and submissively peed on greeting a Sheltie at another store.

 

Come to think of it, it could have something to do ancient British clan wars :rolleyes: Hope folks have some answers for us both.

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Cody was fine at the rescue where he was when we picked him up around all the other dogs. But ever since we have had him(over a year now) he barks and carries on when other dogs go by the house and he is outside. He has never been around any others in the house, but he has outgrown other issues with protectiveness in the house, so he may have outgrown that, but outside...forget it-no person or animal comes on the porch till he says it's alright...I wanted to take him to socializing classes but there is nothing in this area closeby for us to go to, so we will work it out as we did with his kitty issues when he first came here...

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Echo,

 

There could be lots of reasons for the timing of the growling. Two based on coincidence:

 

1) Mikey had investigated the puppy and was just beginning his "usual" growling and Lucy arrived by coincidence.

 

2) The puppy might have started acting up (rowdy, putting paws up on Mikey, etc.) and causing Mikey to grown at the same time Lucy coincidentally arrived.

 

Two more that have to do with Lucy:

 

1) If both males are intact, Mikey might have growled to keep another male away from his potential sex object. For example, seven month old intact male puppies have 7x the testosterone level of an adult male!

 

2) Or if he doesn't like other dogs, Mikey might have waited until he saw Lucy arriving before he had enough confidence to growl a warning to the puppy. Dogs often feel more comfortable acting out aggression when they have their "homies" nearby.

 

The one thing that there is no evidence for at all is for Mikey to be "protecting" Lucy, except in the sense of possibly guarding her as a resource. I'm voting for the last option, which is that the arrival of a colleague gave Mikey the confidence to growl at the puppy.

 

Columbia, MO

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Another reason could be he could have been guarding the pup from Lucy.

Poppy does that. He guards things from our other dog, (a female)Pepper. Weird things too. My clothes pile on the bathroom floor before I do laundry, petting or combing sessions, empty toilet paper rolls I give him-etc.

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