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Help - Aggressive Pup

June 30th, 2005, 12:57 PM
I desperately need help.
Our Westie pup Tally is a year old now and a few weeks ago she jumped up and scratched a little boy's nose.
Horrific I know, and she was punished for it.
My Mum and I think there may be something psycological. Whenever my little brother and his friends come in the house, she watches his friends feet and begins to growl at them. My Mum says that it is because she treats my brother like her 'puppy' and is simply being protective of him - however, I think it may be because one of them has hurt her with their feet in the past. Do you think I'm over exaggerating?
We bought Tally a muzzle and made sure that she is supervised whenever she's near young children. She never growls at females feet - just little boys! Any help greatly appreciated!

June 30th, 2005, 01:07 PM
I would think that the assumption that perhaps some young friend of your brothers did something to her is pretty good....she may need some obedience training.

June 30th, 2005, 01:11 PM
When did you last take this dog to obedience class?

June 30th, 2005, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure I would call your pup "aggressive" just because he jumped up and scratched a nose. If he is a 'jumper' then the scratch may have just been a result of the jump with no aggressive intent. What were the circumstance behind the jump? We're they playing keep away with him, holding treats above his nose, or just playing in general?

June 30th, 2005, 01:28 PM
I think you're right to be concerned that a young boy did something to her - either intentionally or not. Maybe this thread should be moved over to the training forum, so that tenderfoot can give you some advice on how to deal with it?

June 30th, 2005, 01:42 PM
Tally has never been to obediance training, though she attended some classes at our vets sugrery.
This little boy wasn't even doing anything - she just started barking and jumped up. does the thread get changed?

PS: Thanks for the answers people!

June 30th, 2005, 02:43 PM
This is more a behaviour / training issue
your dog should be in obedience classes every week.