Is this a dominance behavior? Help!!!

Posted by puppylove
Nov 19, 2008
Some background info....

I don't personally know many people with dogs and only 2 people have brought their dogs to my house since I got my dog this past January. One of the dogs is a 3 year old female pitbull, the other is a 2 year old male pom mix. Keira, my 13 month old doxie mix has no problems with the pitbul, they play well together and are fine being around each other. But she seems to have a huge problem with the male dog.

Every time the pom mix came over, she'd tear into him. He is such a fur ball and would chase him and when she caught him she'd grab a hold of the hair on his tail or body and pulls it out, I'm talking at times she's pulled out so much it looked like she had a beard :eek:, she also pounced and jumped all over him and would not stop! She also did this body bumping thing with him too. She would take body and slam her rear or side into him. She started the running after him and the hair pulling right from the first day they met when she was 2 1/2 months. She started the body bumping when she was around 8 months old.

She doesn't see this dog that often, but when she does she just won't leave him alone the entire time he is here. Because the owner is my boyfriends 75 year old mother and doesn't appreciate her "baby" being terrorized by my "devil dog", I have to keep her on a leash or put her in the kennel when their here, while her dog gets to walk freely around my house :confused: ! Even while leashed Keira will continue to try and pull to get to him. I don't think it's not fair to her that she has to stay put while he gets to move around, but it's better than listening to her complain that Keira is going to kill her "baby" :rolleyes:. I have asked her not to bring him over since the dogs don't seem to get along, but she continues to bring him :mad: .

every time Keira has behaved poorly with this dog, he runs to his owner and Keira runs after him while he tries to hide and then he jumps up on his owners lap with Keira trying to tail after him. I have always given Keira a firm NO! and removed her from the room for awhile when she has done these behaviors, but she still will just not stop, she just goes right back after him no matter how many times she is removed and brought back in. She has never bite him, growled at him or hurt him other than the hair pulling, she has even allowed him to chew on her bones a few times and actually sat away from him until he stopped chewing the bone and started walking. I sometimes wonder if Keira knows that he is just such a big [B]WIMP[/B] and is just trying to make him man up!

So my question is, is her behavior her way of showing dominance over him? If so, is there anything I can do to help her learn to be nice to him and stop being such a bully? There is no way that his owner will ever allow the two of them to just "work it out" and he just wimps out and runs form her anyway. He will continue to come over no matter what I say about it, but I don't want to keep having to lock Keira up or hold her on a leash. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions??? Anyone??? Please!!!
Posted by puppylove
Nov 22, 2008
I find it very interesting that 27 people viewed this posting, but not one single person has anything to say in response. Not even a single moderator has any suggestions or answers???

I guess I'm not too surprised. I have been a member here for several months, and I have written a few posts asking for help or needing advise, I can't say that I have really ever gotten much of a response any of the times. I know the moderators here are not "dog whisperers", but what is the sense of being a moderator on this forum if you can't at the very very least, help brain storm with people that come here looking for help!!!

Do I have the only dog on this earth that behaves this way?

Maybe I just need to find a forum that actually has knowledgeable people!
Posted by KOPsBecks
Nov 30, 2008
Hey puppylove,

We're really sorry to hear that you think our forum is worthless as we are quite proud of the advice we give, the number of people we help and the environment that has been established here on our forum. I am incredibly sorry that noone has answered your post, however it is my understanding that your other posts have been answered and hopefully this has helped. I am not maybe excuses but a suggestion as to why your post hasn't been answered is that it is an interesting situation and quite difficult to determine the cause and treatment.

One suggestion I have is that maybe Keira thinks of the dog as a play toy - with all the fluff? I suggest socialising your dog more, arrange to go to obedience classes as these are a great place to meet other dogs, but also people there can advise you on the corrective actions to take is she does become aggressive around other dogs.
I would suggest when your boyfriend's mother's dog is brought round to your house, that you put keira on a lead before answering the door, and that you tug sharply and say "NO" the instant she starts to try and chase after the other dog. I don't think that the other dog is being woosy, I think you'd run away if soemone bigger than you was ripping your hair out too!

Let me know how it goes and I'll try to be more attentive.

Posted by enae
Dec 1, 2008
Number one, the resident dog is NOT the one to be put away. He has pack membership, the visiting dog does not. Advise your visitor that when she brings her dog, she must also bring a crate or you will confine him in the bathroom.
Two: Yes, your dog is showing dominance. She knows she belongs, and he does not. He is obviously testing her place in the pack, and she is telling him exactly what it is.

If you want to try to get her to stop. Try this. You have to let her know that the dog is YOUR guest, not hers. Fill up plastic sandwich bags with water--about 3-4 to start with. When the other dog comes over, be ready outside, with the leash on.. If your dog even thinks about charging at him, before he gets the chance, smash the "water bombs" to the ground at her feet with a loud firm correction. Repeat if necessary