It may seem as though I haven't been around much but I have been lurking lol.
Me and Bails are going well at mums place. Had some trouble with the ex but the police are involved now so hopefully things will settle down and so can me and Bailey, who has been an absolute wreck since the day he got her into his car and tried to steal her! Phew! That was close!
Still haven't heard from council but hey I'm not complaining about it. We have gone up 2 levels in obedience class since I last posted and other than our recent issue she has been an absolute angel She is a lot more confident around new people and there is less growling, cowering and barking Still wary of children but we are working on that too.
We have REALLY good days and some not so good days, but the latter is far and few between. Getting to be 5 steps forward and 1 step back rather than 2 steps forward 1 step back.
Well I suppose the thing I need advice about most is Dog Aggression .... sigh
Bailey was attacked over the face by another dog on our walk a few weeks back. She wasn't badly injured however she has a large scar that runs down the bridge of her nose to her bottom lip. It may take some time for the scar to disappear but until then it stands out like, excuse the expression, dogs balls lol.
Well ever since it happened she has become scared of other dogs but instead of hiding etc she gets nippy and lunges almost as though she figures it is 'bite or be bitten'' situation. THIS IS A BIG NO NO FOR ME!!!! I will not allow it.
I understand it can be in her breed etc and if she will remain like this well I will just need to manage it however if I can knock this on the head, so to speak, I want to do it RIGHT AWAY!
I have a muzzle for her and was thinking about muzzling her and having her around dogs so she will see that they wont all hurt her......
but she is fine with dogs she knows so I would have to do it at a dog park or something and obviously this isn't the best idea.....especially if another dog DOES bite her whilst she is muzzled.
Im also not sure how she will cope with being muzzled like that because obviously where there are other dogs there's other people. It may not be good for her anxiety/stress condition.
My obedience trainer is working on it with me whilst she is on lead but obviously this is much harder when I'm not at dog obedience. The way she is teaching me to do it is approach another dog, let Bailey get in close, sniff and then pull her away to show her that I am in control NOT her. Works ok but sometimes Bailey reacts before she can even get in close for a sniff. I dont feel in control letting my dog get in close when she could nip or bite.
People (including myself) are not normally to happy about you approaching their pet with a dog that is lunging, snarling and nipping.
I'm a little stumped at the moment and was hoping people could chuck me some suggestions.
Please remember that Bailey is a very anxious dog and I am trying my very best not to provoke it