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    I'm having a hard time with Dora. I keep thinking that she is getting better with people and dogs, but then my friend and her 8yo sister came over and the sister got too close to Dora so Dora lunged and nearly bit the sister's hand.
    I put her outside, telling mum and dad not to let her back in (the dog, not the sister) but five minutes later Dora comes running in. They let her back in when she was barking, which also adds insult to the injury (if thats the right saying). I'm just so sad. I havent bonded with Dora at all, and atm I'm not even sure if I love her.
    Maybe getting a puppy was a bad idea?




    PS. I'm sorry for all the whingy posts, I just need to get it off my back.

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    have you tried behaviour modification? You could try getting her fav treat and when people turn up get them to give it to her. that will teach her that people are good

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    Yep. I've tried it but she still doesnt like anyone

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    Masha

    Only you can decide if getting a puppy was a "bad" idea. What I will say sweetie...if you do not feel you can manage it and deal with Dora's issues...you need to re-evaluate the situation whether that be behaviour modification or maybe try and find her another family.

    People and/or dog aggression are serious issues whether your dog is big or small.

    Do you honestly believe you have the skills, time, understanding and knowledge to deal with her aggression issues. If you do...then work with her...every day! If you don't...then you either need professional help or possibly find her a family that can give her the training etc needed to change her behaviours. We in this Forum can only help you so much unfortunately

    I am well aware how you are feeling like now. You feel like you have failed and do not know what to do. I have been in that situation and it is not nice sweetie.

    Ultimately...you need to do what is best for Dora...not for you...not for your family, but for Dora

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    Hi Masha, not a nice spot to be in. I feel for you.

    However, until your family can come to the party and understand how to help you with dora's training - instead of hinder you and make it all so much worse - then I'm not sure you're going to get very fra. I'm sorry, just being blatently honest. It seems to me (please correct me if I'm wrong) that Dora is getting worse with her behavioural problems, not better.
    This is osmething that requires professional help and training - that also requires time, patience, money, and above all a consistent approach from all members of the household. If you look at it that way I think you can see what the problem is???

    All the best in deciding what the future holds. No-one can really advise you what to do. Only you can do that after looking at all options, and deciding what you can and can't do.

    All the best Kiddo, and don't be hard on yourself.

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    I feel like I HAVE failed, and at the moment I have no idea what would be best. I can't work with her problems all the time, and my parents are glad that Dora's 'suspicious' as they say (I say aggressive). As much as I hate to say it, I think finding Dora a family who CAN deal with her issues everyday (unlike me) would be the best idea, but my mum is deadset on keeping Dora. They said if I give up on Dora, they'll have her but they wont do ANYTHING about her issues... aggression and lead pulling alike. Honestly, I'm STUCK. I don't keep the dog... they keep her and turn her into the typical aggro SWF or I DO keep her but don't have time to deal with her issues everyday (argh, I hate school assignments).
    And to answer my own question... Well, maybe I shouldn't have gotten a puppy - the first puppy I saw. I just wish I could go back in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Yep. I've tried it but she still doesnt like anyone
    Listen to Clea. She has a point.
    If you do want to keep going with her though, it might come down to just removing her from any situation that might make her feel the need to be aggressive.
    Just a thought... Some dogs have agression issues because they have medical problems. If you can not train it out then maybe you should get her checked out by your vet. Just an idea.

    Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashaari View Post
    Listen to Clea. She has a point.
    If you do want to keep going with her though, it might come down to just removing her from any situation that might make her feel the need to be aggressive.
    Just a thought... Some dogs have agression issues because they have medical problems. If you can not train it out then maybe you should get her checked out by your vet. Just an idea.

    Luck!
    That's a really great idea! She seems healthy, but we do have a slight problem with fleas. I de-flead her two weeks ago, washed everything she owns (bed, blanket etc) but she won't stop scratching - though I can't find any fleas whenever I look through her coat. Anyone had this problem before?

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    Look, I'll be honest. At your age Masha I wouldn't have had a clue. At your age my father (and mother to a smaller degree) was in total control of all the Shepherds. I had my very own by your age, but in reality back then it was still my father who was in control of teaching me to teach the dog etc IYKWIM? You are just a kid. You have a hell of a lot of responsibility on your plate IMO, and I am quite saddened at the way parents allow their children to have their own dog with very little help and guidance! You are a kid in the end and you need help. Their help is beyond a joke IMO. So sorry, don't mean to be rude about your family in any way, it's just how I see things.

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    I am so sorry to hear what is going on in your family sweetie...not a nice spot to be in!

    Owning a terrier is not for the faint-hearted Trust me....I know ALL about that...having 3 now

    Maybe you need to let it go and say to your parents...I don't have time with my school stuff, so she is all yours to feed, walk, train, socialise etc etc. Take the pressure off yourself and enjoy your life a bit...you are only young. Maybe your parents will realise that Dora is a lot of work...who knows.

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