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Old May 3rd, 2014, 11:54 AM
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Question recently fixed female problems

We had our 2 year old German Shepard/husky mix fixed about 6 months ago she was fine for a while, about 2 months ago she started to attack our 8 year old cocker spaniel, she hasn't broken the skin but that's only because we got to them in time.They have always gotten along before and we don't know why this has just started. Any ideas? We don't want to have to give misty up but we can't handle much mite of this.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Hi amgibbie,
Welcome to the forum and hope we can help. But before we do....more questions if you don't mind

Can you go into a bit more detail on the level of aggression? Have you ever actually seen Misty physically harm the cocker? What normally goes on before the aggression? Is food involved? Is there any pattern you've noticed? Is the cocker male or female?
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 02:01 PM
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The cocker lady is female, no food has been involved. It happens whenever misty sees lady, she comes up nice at first but then starts to growl and goes to attack.So far that we know of misty has had lady by the neck twice and once she was shaking lady like a doll.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 02:30 PM
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Has Misty had a vet check lately? Full bloodwork done? In particular, looking for thyroid issues. Keep in mind that a sudden change in behaviour can sometimes be due to your dog not feeling well. First step, if not already done, vet check.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 02:34 PM
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Yes she has and everything came back normal.
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Yes she has and everything came back normal.
What about your other dog? Everything clear with her too?
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 04:10 PM
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Yes her too
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Old May 3rd, 2014, 09:07 PM
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I found this web site , it might help ,




http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtua...-change-my-dog
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Old May 4th, 2014, 07:21 AM
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No signs of aggression before Misty was spayed? I hate to tell you this but there is good research to show spaying and neuter might worsen aggression. In one specific type, owner directed aggession by female dogs, it was present already and got worse after spay. In other cases of dog directed aggression, dogs known to the aggressor or not, that was not said.

I suggest you call in a behavourist to observe what's going on. You were very smart to health check both dogs, sometimes it is a health problem with the recipient of the aggression that makes things turn. Someone else observing might catch things you miss. Good luck.
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Old May 4th, 2014, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for all the good answers to the questions. At this point I have to agree with LB in that a referred trainer (that could observe this behavior and provide suggestions) might be a worthwhile investment.
Good luck!
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