i adopted a 7 year old cocker about a year ago. I am her fourth owner, so she is understandably a little insecure, and I think she feels that our bond is possibly threatened because she's seen so many homes.
Anyway, I have a major problem with her aggression. Initially, we lived in a house with no other animals, and we would go to the beach and dog park, where she would mostly socialise well, even breaking up other dog fights. She could often become aggressive, for no reason that was apparent to me. Often her aggression is preceeded by body language that she displays when she's happy to see another dog i.e., tail wagging, pulling to see them etc, followed by growling, or at other times, butt sniffing and licking.
A few months ago, we moved to my mothers at short notice. Mum has a 1yo border collie pup, and 2 cats. The collie loves the cats, the cocker gets incredibly anxious and appears to be threatened, and tries to attack them. She is also aggressive towards the collie, who wants very badly to be her friend. The collie reacts to the cockers growling by following her around, and this seems to only serve to make her more aggressive.
More recently, they have had several fights when one walks near the others food, or empty bowl. We try to put there bowls away after they finish eating, but this doesn't always help. They get fed a long way apart, we've tried to feed one inside, and one outside, to no avail. I assume that feeding one inside would send a message to the other that they were lower in the pack status.
Their fights are getting pretty serious. We'd love to be able to keep both of our pets, but can't yet find a solution.
Does anyone have any tips? Would anyone know of a good trainer or behaviourist in Brisbane? I've looked through Delta and can't find anyone near me who's doing private training, and considered BB, untill reading some things that turned me off the idea of them.
Thanks for reading, I think it's been theraputic for me to vent!