FYI: If you buy something through a link on this site, I may earn a commission and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases—at NO extra cost to you.
My 1.5 Year Old Fixed Female Australian Shepherd Is Aggressive With Big Breeds
All her life she has had run-in's with other dogs that aren't favorable. It happens with every dog, at every park.
Demi is very socialized. Always has been. I started taking her to parks at 11 weeks old. I let her interact by my hands only until she was fully vaccinated. We go to a dog park every weekend, and regular parks every day. She is submissive, shows her belly, lowers her head. Only barks when excited.
Recently (in the past 2/3 months, give or take a week.) She has become selectively aggressive. (I don't discriminate breeds, I love all dogs. But I do know that some dogs pose higher risk than others.)
I didn't realize that Aussie's were one of those breeds. I know that Blue Heelers are though.
So, she's been charged at by Pit Bulls, bitten at by Pit Bulls, and crowded by Golden Retrievers, for some reason Labradoodles like to charge and bound after her. So she, in general doesn't like big breeds. Most of them she just avoids unless cornered. Then she just gives them warning barks. High pitched short sperted barks while baring her teeth. Or she jumps into my arms for protection. But other times, with Pit Bulls specifically, she bites back. Even when they aren't aggressive, just playing. Like she doesn't understand it's playing, panics and attacks them.
This is very serious, because I won't be able to save her from that. I'd gladly gain an ugly arm trying to intervene. But I know Pit Bulls, all my friends have them, I adore the breed. Wanted one myself at one point. Because of this, I know what they are capable of. So her biting at them, even when warranted, scares me.
Just yesterday, a Pit tried playing with her, sweet as ever, well mannered. Didn't charge. She bite at him. Huge teeth, angry face, stiff body, all of it. I picked her up and scolded her.
I understand dog body language, I have a good grip on what's happening. I just don't know how to train this out of her. I'm scared that one day I will intervene and make things worse.