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Thread: My MaltiPoo is Showing Agression Towards My Wife!

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    It isn't a breed as such, it is a cross bred dog. Obviously, one parent is a Maltese and one is a Poodle.
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    Yep, as per the post heading i.e. MaltiPoo

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    Cuttlefish; I'm going to be a bit picky here- and this is about my personal beliefs... There is no breed called a MaltiPoo. You own a Matese cross Poodle. Or a Poodle cross Maltese. I don't object to responsible cross breeding, I do object to 'designer' dog names.

    But, that's not why you are here, so I'll leave that there.

    In terms of your behavioral issue, your boy sees your wife as below himself in your pack/family (chose your term). I believe your wife needs now to actually elevate herself up the hierarchy and show leadership. This means taking a far more active (and CONSISTENT) role with your dog.

    I agree entirely with Jucealala and K&P- utilizing NILIF is a great start. To add to that, I think your wife should assume the primary role with your dog for now. Meaning food needs to come from her, pleasurable activities need to be associated with her, comfort, being inside... All needs now to be hers to give or take.

    This may be too much to ask of your wife, depending on her commitment to change.

    I would absolutely look to local obedience clubs and trainers for some hands on face-to-face advice and support.

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    I would be quite worried about resource guarding. Anyone can take anything from my dog. I've even stuck my fingers down her throat to pull out contraband stuff she's decided to eat.

    I am pretty generous with treats with my dog and certain other dogs (with owner's permission) at the park. A couple of them are "resource guarders" and try to drive away other dogs from the treats that I have, but the second any dog growls when I have food, it all gets packed up and put away and nobody gets any. So the resource guarders have learned to share when it comes to my treats - no growling at anybody. It's really cute.

    Dogs don't like surprises. So it is a good idea to talk to the dog before approaching. But if the dog is growling about toys. I'd be taking all of them away and only allowing play for limited amounts of time, and if dog growls at wife, then hubby should put the toy in the cupboard - so the wife is not associated with the removal of the toy.

    Good idea to remove the object that is being guarded, but not a good idea to scold dog for growling. You need the warning growl - this is the dog's way of showing it's unhappy with something. If you punish the warning - all you do is encourage attack without warning.

    Just because it's a little dog - doesn't mean that aggressive behaviour is acceptable. Training and encouraging friendly behaviour is a better idea, and for that, the right behavourist will help. The wrong one will make things worse.

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    Thanks for the many great replies and no thanks to those who lost track of the actual topic of the mild aggresson and instead chose the post as a vehicle to push their own sad ideas on "breeds" ..... you know what guys, it's a dog!!! Litle short guy with wool, runs round on four legs and pees against trees.

    Had I wanted to pursue an issue on it's pedigree I would have put up on post requesting same.

    To those who were capable of seeing the forest through the trees, thanks muchly.

    The best advice was to have my wife assume a more "masterly" role and even after a few days of this, the pooch/mutt/dawg/poodle/maltese/maltipoo/whatever has responded very quickly and has not exhibited a sighn of the aggression so far - touch wood.

    Thanks again to the helpers

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    Sorry Cuttle I had to ask because I honestly thought maltipoo was your dogs nick name! I am so not up with the names haha

    I call ruby a Bully cause Im too lazy to say bulldog, I know two more letters. So I get why people say the named instead of saying Oh I have a maltese x poodle etc They would shorten it!

    Its not always about "designer names" It can be, like me. You just chould be bothered to type the whole thing hehe

    Plus i think some of the names are super cute hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuttlefish View Post
    ..... you know what guys, it's a dog!!! Litle short guy with wool, runs round on four legs and pees against trees.
    Wool?!!?

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Maybe another something I don't know?

    Thanks for the update, glad to hear improvement is happening!

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    While I agree with your sentiments, a dog is afterall a dog regardless of what you call it, you should also perhaps try to understand why the psuedo breed name causes offense some people.
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    I'm glad it's working! Just remember to keep it up, early progress is a great sign but generally there's a rebellious stage a bit into it. Kind of like how the first week of a new job starting at an earlier time is easy, then the second week you can't get out of bed.

    V+f poodles are made of wool. They don't shed, that's why they are hypo allergenic. My sister has a poodle, petting him is reaaaallly strange!! Nice and warm in winter though

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    @ Jucealala... Oh! I did not know that, I assumed that, like Afghan Hounds, it was 'hair' (not 'fur')... Well, there you go, I learned something new.

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