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    I rescued Lady when she was about 1.
    When we got her, she wasnt agressive at all, but as the weeks went by, she got more and more dog aggressive, we assumed she was feeling protective.
    After training and socialisation, she got past it.
    5 years later, after no bad behaviour, Lady got in a fight with another dog today!
    Now I know people say, as soon as a dog is aggressive you can never trust them around that thing ever again.
    But it was 5 years, not a single snarl!
    I was driving up my horses paddock driveway, and my dogs were running, and a Blue Heeler runs out of no where.
    Lady stood still as it approached and as it came up, I could see her snarl. I stopped the car and called her over, the dog ran away and she sprinted after it and started full attacking it, it fought back, and we all of a sudden had this situation I hadnt had to deal with in so long!
    I screamed her over and she ignored me, and soon as she saw me running over they broke it up, I grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and dragged her over to the car and chucked her in the back.
    I called out to the other owners 'I am so, so, so sorry!'
    And I left.
    Im so embarressed, dissapointed and I feel incredibly bad.

    I dont know why she did it, what do i do, I feel like I cant trust her again. Why so long without any aggression and why this dog!?
    Rrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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    Maybe she picked up bad vibes off the other dog and protected herself from her perceived threat.

    Just blame the other dog unless it happens again with a different one.

    Lady wouldn't be so unladylike without due case

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    Haha
    Well that went through my head, but I didnt understand why, after it ran away, she ran after it.

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    heelers tend to have really bad dog body language and appear quite aggressive even when they aren't.

    She may have seen him as a threat

    It sounds less like aggression and more like dominant behaviour. Have you been ill lately? or not with her as much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I was driving up my horses paddock driveway, and my dogs were running, and a Blue Heeler runs out of no where.
    I asume bluey isn't your dog. I don't think you should be concerned, as your paddock is her paddock too. It was completely natural behaviour. She was guarding/protecting her territory. I know it doesn't look and sound nice, but there shouldn't be any dog aggression labels automatically put to it. Some dogs are more protective of their space/owner than others.

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    I'm with the others. Lady was defending you and her territory from an intruder. She was simply doing her job.

    There is also a chance she had a bad experience with a cattle dog in the past. I mention this because I had a Border Collie who was attacked suddenly and without warning by a GSD when she was 5 months old. The BC grew into a very social and motherly dog. She fostered many baby animals over the years and was gentle with other dogs from Chihuahuas to Wolfhounds. (One of her best friends was a Wolfhound), The only dogs she would not tolerate were GSDs. If she saw a GSD approaching she went into defensive attack mode. I kept it under control but the distrust was always there for the 15 years of her life.

    I wouldn't be too worried about it.

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    My dogs are never agressive towards other dogs. They will bark from a distance, but once they get close they get all friendly and lick and sniff each other. The other week my mum and I were walking all three dogs, I had Saxon and Oscar, and mum had Axle. We walked past this little staffy, our 3 dogs politely sniffed him, and turned around to keep walking, then all of a sudden the little staffy went nuts and started snapping and biting and snarling and going absolutely berko and my dogs. So, my dogs had a go back at the little staffy (which I might add, wasn't on a lead). It took all my strength to pull Saxon and Oscar away from the staffy, which wasn't easy. Together they weight in at 50kg's!! But we eventually got them away, and the little staffy (by that stage was now in his owners arms) was still trying to wriggle free and get to our dogs.
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    My horse is actually on an agistment property so its not my property, people come and go all the time.
    So they werent in the wrong.
    Occy, its funny you say what you said, because this is the first week back after being away for 3 weeks.
    I say she was dog agressive, because she literally was. For about 8 months, she was aggressive to any dog.
    Even if she was 'protecting or guarding', it really isnt neccessary to attack another dog is it??
    Especially when the dog is running away from her.

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    I would say the absence will have been one of the main contributing factors

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