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"My husband and I have a very spoilt 3 year old Border Collie/ Retriever. At about 18 months old, he developed a severe case of fear based aggression towards his own territory, other dogs, strangers, anybody that comes to close to me, even people he knows, he even growled and lunged at the local vet, whom Casper knows. He has growled and lunged at a teenager walking too close to me. He seems to have a comfort zone around him, anybody coming closer than that look out.
He has earned himself quite a reputation around town for being a vicious dog, which is unfortunate, as at home he is a very placid, big softie that we can do anything with.
He has made a real spectacle of himself in the past, when out on a lead with me, in the car etc. which is sad, as that is all most people see of him, a dog that looks threatenening and menacing, which he does. It is not very nice to have to say, when out walking with your dog, when people want to come up and talk to you and the dog to have to say keep your distance, don't come near the dog. By this time Casper is usually growling and they don't come close anyway, which is a shame as Casper does look very cuddly and pattable. Having never owned a dog, we thought all you had to do was to love them to bits, and spoil them, and that was it.
Sitstayfetch taught me that this is not so, there is a lot more to it. He failed miserably at Dog Training School, by this time we were getting desperate, when I ran across Sitstayfetch on the internet. Sitstayfetch has been invaluable in helping us gain control of Casper, by showing him that we are the boss, and he doesn't have to feel threatened, or feel he has to protect us, as he obviously lacks the confidence to do so. That is our job. We realise we have never been the pack leaders, and that we haven't done him any favours by giving in to him and spoiling him, treating him like a baby etc.. By applying the principles outlined in Sitstayfetch to Casper, he has improved out of sight, he still has a way to go, but now we can see light at the end of the tunnel. Even from the feedback from around town, people have seen the improvement in him, and wonder how we have accomplished this.
I have recommended Sitstayfetch to several people, as they can see the improvement in Casper, even the dog school had to admit that he had improved since he was there, they gave him up as a lost cause, even suggesting putting him down.. I am very grateful to sitstayfetch.
Casper is getting to be a pleasure to take out for a walk, not the nightmare he used to be, I used to dread taking him out. Thanks to Sitstayfetch, I am gaining my confidence with him, and this in turn makes him feel better. Thank you Sitstayfetch."
-- Margaret Angus and Casper (New Zealand)
Hi, I have two cats and a 9 month old Papillion called Fifi. Steve is the cat that Fifi loves to play with and vice-versa. However, I've been noticing that Fifi plays extremely aggressive with Steve and sometimes bites him. He can tolerate almost everything but I hear him meowing sometimes when Fifi bites him. She would sometimes chase him throughout the house like in attack mode. She doesn't understand when Steve doesn't want to play. Recently, I've been noticing a lot of growling from Fifi while playing with Steve, too. What should I be doing?
Thanks for your email regarding your Papillion Fifi. It's great that Fifi and your cat Steve like to play together, though it is really important that Fifi is taught what is appropriate play and what is not so that neither the cat or dog are at risk of being hurt.
On the occasions when you see Fifi and Steve playing nicely, you should praise and encourage them to reinforce the good behavior. Make a big fuss of them!
When you see Fifi starting to play too rough, I recommend that you reprimand her by growling, then pick her up and put her in another room for a time out. She should be ignored for at least 5 minutes, or until she has calmed down. If you do this consistently, Fifi will start to realize that rough play brings an end to all play! You will need to try and do this every time you see the rough behavior for the message to effectively get through to Fifi.
I also recommend that you ensure Fifi is getting lots of exercise. If she has lots of pent up energy, this may explain why she is playing so roughly with Steve - she is trying to burn up some excess energy.
It is important that you also make regular play dates with other dogs so that Fifi has the opportunity to play with canines as well as cats.
It's quite lovely when cats and dogs in a household get along well. I have 2 male cats and a 7 month old female pup. One of the cats really does not tolerate the pup very well, but the other thinks that the pup is pretty OK. Every time the pup sees this particular cat, she rushes over and covers him with slobbery kisses, so much so that the cat looks as though he has had a very bad go at trying to do his hair in a mohawk!
You will probably also find that Fifi calms down with age, though giving her lots of exercise and using the time out method should help in the meantime.
Good luck Alisha and please let me know how you progress.
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