It is actually a normal behaviour, although of course undesirable.
Originally Posted by TahsSunny
Again, normal behaviour. She is letting another dog know she's not interested in playing. If another dog does not respect her signs, she will attack.
3. If a dog is trying to play with her, she will sometimes snarl/try to attack. Only sometimes though.
--- --- --- Below is what I HAVE tried and AM trying!:
Sometimes she has tried going after another dog that hasn't even tried playing with her.
When you are in situations where you know there will be other dogs, keep treats in your hand.
1. I honestly do not know how to handle this situation. If I have enough time to bring a treat out, i can try and distract her and reward her but this is hard sometimes so what is the best way to correct her without using treats?.
Correction may cause even more aggression actually. If you for example yell at her, scuff her or physically restrain her (jerking) she may feel threatened even more. You should condition her behaviour slowly, and with the help of professional.
2. Well, I now never leave my bag on the ground if another dog is around but if she did this, I haven't had time to see if a treat will work to distract her but if I don't have time to grab a treat, what can I do to correct this behaviour?.
here's the example, (just example, do not try this alone without professional assistance!):
3. I give her treats when she behaves around other dogs and I socialise her with peaceful/quite dogs.
4. I got Serenity to 'Watch me' and I rewarded her and she did great at this. So, I think I'm doing the right thing so far with her regarding this issue.
Frendlyness does not mean they did the right thing about dog (socialisation etc)
The parents were friendly and great, we thankfully got to meet them and she came home at 8 weeks.
Fear. Thankfully, she's very young and this issue will not be as hard to treat as it might be if she's few years old.
I just don't get why she has so many issues towards dogs already. She has not had any bad encounters with other dogs.
You can't know if she's had any bad encounters or experiences in the litter. As you see, she will tolerate gentle dogs, and when play gets too rough, she will let another dog know. It's part of socialisation and sometimes it's good to leave dogs to sort things out themselves. When you have her in her lap however, and she growls at another dog, let her go immediately and "punish" her by not paying attention to her for such behaviour.
If a peaceful/quite type dog approaches her, she will be relaxed and ignore him/her. I have seen her play with my brothers energetic puppy but not for long and it took 30minutes before she would play with him and she finally got sick of him after 20 minutes and started getting snappy so I separated them. She has played a little bit with a calm bull mastiff puppy before with no issues.
Being part of the pack is just one of the reasons. Your lab is older experienced dog with good social skills. Also he is her superior.
I don't think this will matter but I currently own a 4 yo Labrador x who she lives with. They get on great, play great but this is the only dog she will play with. I know thats because he is part of her pack.
Alpha roll may only increase her aggression. It is stupid way for "educating" dogs.
Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.