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    saskasmum is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultDog Aggression

    Does anybody have this problem, Saska loves playing with all her friends at the park who she has known since puppyhood, they can do anything with her, jump on her, playbite, chase her, but the last couple of days when dogs she does not know (mostly puppies) try and jump on her she tells them off, she sounds quite aggressive, I do not know what to do, I have to keep apologizing to everybody, most owners are OK as they say that their dog needs to be told to learn. But I personally do not feel comfortable with her doing this.

    The only thing I can think of is to advise anybody with puppies that this might happen and leave it to them as to whether they let their dogs of the lead to play with her. What to you think/

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    It is totally acceptable for an older dog to put a rude puppy in their place. I know Baloo's been "told" a couple times... 

    As long as she's not attacking them and drawing blood or anything like that, I wouldn't worry about it. Think of it as her helping with their "socialization education"!!

    Edited to add: if the puppy-owner gets nervous, just say something light-hearted, like, "She's teaching him to mind his manners!!"
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    Thanks Baloo I will take youra advice, it is good to know she is ok, I was getting a bit worried, I think she is just getting really snoby as she gets older. ;D

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    I agree with the above.

    I notice that under your avatar you say that Saska is 22 months old. She is still a young dog but she is also no longer a puppy. Adult dogs tolerance of rambunctious puppies wains as they get older. An adult dog should never respond with aggression but there is no harm whatsoever in her telling a 'rude' dog or puppy to back off.

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    Hi Trickster, she is never aggressive with other dogs thank goodness, more likely to be submissive lies on her back legs in the air, hee! hee it just seems as she is getting older her tolerance of young puppies seem to be waining, it is good to know that she is just reacting naturally. Lynn

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    I really think this needs to be posted at every dog park and daycare in North America:

    http://www.flyingdogpress.com/sayhi.html

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    Haylee is the same way with puppies -- she will give a quick reprimand to them, but has never attacked, drawn blood or anything else. It's mostly verbal. When Haylee was a puppy, she used to play with my friend's Aussie, Molly. Molly taught her manners. She would respond verbally when Haylee got too much for her. She never, ever hurt her and they are still good friends!

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    This is why I called a trainer in the first place for Phoebe. Not for her---but for me. I literally told them I needed the help in calming down with my new dog and not bringing along all the baggage from the old ones. I am the one who needs to learn the signs of "normal" dog interaction. I had a dog before that wasn't animal aggressive---but more had no social skills what so ever. I rescued her at 3 from a pound. She killed 2 skunks, a squirrel, tried a opposum (but it really played opposum). She did get ahold of small dog in the vet's office---one of the worker's dog that had gotten loose and ran up to Star. She got it good in her mouth---the little fellow needed surgery. But, the vet told me it wasn't Star's fault--that the other dog charged Star and if Star had been "aggressive", she would have continued trying to attack the dog after they got her off. I loved her to the bitter end and so did my other dog who she loved too.

    Anyway, that is the baggage I come with to Phoebe and the stuff I am trying to put in the past. The obedience classes are helping tremendously. I have also been able to get her with a few dogs and she has done fine--while extremely hyper. I haven't walked her much yet because of the heat here. But, the few times I have been able to get out, I am feeling more confident.

    I may take myself to a dog park to see, watch and observe. I watch the dog shows on TV to just observe. I am determined not to create a situation that isn't there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaytris
    I really think this needs to be posted at every dog park and daycare in North America:

    http://www.flyingdogpress.com/sayhi.html
    That was an AWESOME article!!!!
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    I agree...if she is just putting them in their place, then she is fine. It is appropriate for an older dog to verbally "tell off" a youngster.

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