We rescued a pup from up north of WA over a week ago - see pics here (http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...es-breeds.html). The first week she showed some typical dominant signs (barging through the door first, growling when we told her off etc.) but we did a lot of research and changed our training and behaviour towards her and she's come a long way in a week and now we think she knows her place in our "pack" (i.e. very loved but at the bottom).
While she's very good with humans and runs up to them for kisses and licks at the park, she's very agressive towards other dogs (of all sizes but mainly small ones of course). This was confirmed last night at puppy pre-school by the trainer who said she was showing fear-agression. She growls, barks and snaps at other dogs, and doesn't know how to play with them (SAFE separated the puppies from their litter at a very young age to foster them out), so she hasn't leaned typical puppy behaviour and play.
She's fine with my parents labrador although she snaps occasionally and pushes him off his bed and takes his food, and he's too nice and polite to do anything about it (we tell her off and put her outside or in the "naughty room"). I don't want to take her near a stronger more fiesty dog though in case she becomes even mroe scared. Should I keep her around the friendly lab until they learn to get along and she learns he won't harm/fight her?
We will be taking her to further dog training and obedience once puppy school is over, but does anyone have any suggestions of what else we can do? We take treats to the park and reward her when she just sniffs other dogs.
Alternatively, does anyone know or can recommend any good behaviour trainers in Perth?
I want to make sure this dog agression gets controlled NOW, and before she grows into a full-sized dog. I just hope it can be controlled and I know it's up to us. Don't want to have to send her away once we have kids because we didn't master it when she was a puppy.
Thanks, sorry for long post.
Lauren (and Ralley - kelpie x heeler x dingo x ???)