Good morning all
I come here completely stressed out and hoping for advice
My nearly 9 month old kelpie x border collie bit me this morning. It's the first time she's ever done anything like this.
We've struggled a lot with her teething/chewing/nipping on hands etc which we've been told is to be expected with a working breed and we are okay with that
It's mostly under control now, she is getting better and better with solid training
But this morning was something entirely different. I realise the circumstances can change when your dog is eating food but she's never shown any sort of aggression before...
Each morning before I go to work I throw her food out across the deck for her to sniff out and pick up (dry food mornings, raw food at night)
This morning after filling her water bowl up I walked over to pat her goodbye while she was eating food off the ground, something I've done dozens and dozens of times before
She turned, growled and BIT my hand all in one quick movement. Actually bit me and left a mark, broke the skin on my palm!
I couldn't believe it. I automatically grabbed her by the collar (she wee'd from fright or domination) and dragged her up the path to her kennel, placed her on top and scolded her
She wouldn't dare look me in the eye and was cowering until I let her down to finish her meal - she knew I wasn't impressed
After reading about it this morning on various websites I've since learned that my reaction was nothing but counter productive in dealing with this issue but it was just that, a reaction. A shocked one!
I'm usually not physical with my dog. We've tried it before and it simply did nothing but make her worse
So long story short... what do I do? Have you dealt with this in the past?
I'm racking my brain trying to work out what I've done wrong, hoping my dog isn't turning into the devil
I went away for 5 days last week, the longest I've ever been away from her, she stayed with my partner who she has a good relationship with, I didn't see it being a problem
Since returning she's been... well... a bit of a jerk to be honest... she's barking at any and every dog at the dog park, eliminating inside, basically trying to do whatever she likes and now this...
Generally being pretty naughty
A few people have assured me it's just the 'terrible twos' and she's going to get worse before she gets better etc
ANY advice at all would be appreciated. I see a lot of people with working breeds on here so I thought it's the best place to start