So, I have a foster dog coming to me tonight. Apparently she is bad enough that they are paying me to foster her/assess her/train her before she is moved on to another foster/forever home.
The details I've been given are as follows:
"She bites, she's barks at anything, she tries to eat you when you come to the front door - literally trying to savage you through fly-wire"
"she was almost adopted until, unprovoked, she bit the lady's daughter-in-law - causing her to bleed quite badly"
"Muffy would never bite her carer. She becomes immediately protective to the point where she will cause damage to others"
"Muff gets along with most dogs although she dislikes certain females and has been in many fights with Marie's dogs, causing Marie (her current carer) much distress"
"......although she's great with cats. Just not humans!" <<< I have a very dog tolerant cat, so we'll see how that goes
"I cannot put her up for adoption until these issues are sorted as she is dangerous at the moment. I can account for this, she has bitten me so many times and I see her regularly."
I must also mention that Muffy is a small Maltese cross and that the reason she was rescued from GAWS was "due to her appearance".
Even though I have not yet met this dog, I can't help but feel like this is learnt behaviour, most likely from fear and the fact that, being a beautiful dog, she was allowed to get away with anything at her previous dwellings.
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on this. I have my theories on how I will tackle this dog once she arrives at about 6pm, but I'd love some suggestions on how you would handle it, now knowing as much as I do about her.
Once she settles in, I will get a pic of her and put it up