Terrier Club
NewsMembersCommunityPhotosForumsServicesMore

Message Board
Terrier Club General Forum

Aggressive Behavior Reply to this Message

  Click    to vote for your favorite post or photo
 From:  Message:
delevine
Guest
Mar 21, 2016 at 16:09
Post 1
Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post

Our female 2 1/2 yr old Westy is so sweet, most of the time, and lately with select dogs and random breeds, she is becoming aggressive and going after them. We live across from Central Park and she plays with all types and sizes of dogs with no problem. 

Lately she has been selecting and targeting certain dogs : 2 particular Pomeranians, 1 mixed breed, a Boxer and now a gentle elderly lab! Has anyone experienced this and had success in solving this issue? Thanks 


Report this post to moderator
Iver and Sailor
Member PageMember Page
Mar 21, 2016 at 18:14
• David
(Washington)

Post 6330

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

My first Westie Iver never had problems with other dogs
But my second Westie Sailor was different
One day I was walking him at his favorite park
when a man with a pit bull walked by
Sailor didn't hesitate, he attacked the pit bull and got a strong hold on her
I had to pry him away before they could get hurt.
I had no idea what got into him that day.
Thankfully he never attacked a dog again.
He grew out of that behavior
I know that aggressive dogs want to be the alpha dog
Alpha dogs need some training and socialization
Why don't you look around where you live and see if
you can find a good dog trainer

Report this post to moderator
Casey
Email
Member PageMember Page
Mar 21, 2016 at 20:19
• Theo
(Canada)

Post 3011

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

Fortunately I never had a problem like this with any of my westies.  My thoughts while reading, maybe she is becoming over protective of you. I don't know much about training, but perhaps you need to reinforce the fact that you are her alpha.  I look forward to hearing what others have to say.

David, that pitbull must have given Sailor the ol' stink eye, for him to attack like that, would have scared the beejeebers out of me LOL

Theo 

Report this post to moderator
Caesar and Murphy Latham
Member PageMember Page
Mar 21, 2016 at 21:28
• Louise
(Illinois)

Post 5075

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

I am not an expert on female dogs but my Westies all boys liked other dogs.  My first Scottie Spencer I had to watch.  He would get aggressive with other dogs.  I found a wonderful trainer who specialized in aggressive issues and he worked with Spencer and also helped me control him.  He was much better after that.  As he got older he became less aggressive and I was able to get him a Westie brother and they did just fine.  I would definitely look into getting the help of a good trainer. This is a problem you need to get control of and your little girl needs to understand you are the alpha dog not her!!!!  

Report this post to moderator
Diana
Member PageMember Page
Mar 22, 2016 at 01:39
(Australia)
Post 4195

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

My Hannah was the tiniest of Westies but she had attitude in spades. I could never be sure if she would like another dog or not, and as I never let them off the lead anyway I kept her away from strange dogs. Probably just as well as she was bitten on the face (require 5 stitches and cost me $590) by a strange dog while in our front yard. She had plenty of interaction with Kelsi, Lily (my sister's Westie) and Foster and Geordie (Mum's Westie boys) as well as my parents bigger dogs, but she was a challenge she would bite their legs and they would pin her to the ground, they never hurt her just pinned her down. Kelsi loved other dogs but as she was jumped on (she was on the lead) but a wandering dog and required expensive cruciate surgery I kept her away from strange dogs.

Years ago my Rotti had to go to the vet as a Jack Russell Terrier grabbed hold of his tongue and pulled. The little dog made a mess of his tongue and it cost me a bit at the vets for treatment. My Rotti was the friendliest dog.

Good luck finding a solution.

Report this post to moderator
Sir William
Member PageMember Page
Mar 22, 2016 at 05:09
• Allen
(New Jersey)

Post 1490

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

I would suggest strongly that you take a obedience course.

You can pick the instructors brain and maybe that will help.

My Boomer did not like large dogs and was quite a handful when we went on our walks.

Good Luck Sir William ^--^ and Allen

Report this post to moderator
Dara
Guest
Mar 22, 2016 at 07:58
Post 2
Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

Thank you all for your suggestions and experiences. I did speak with Abby's vet and she said it is not uncommon for a 2 yr old (especially an Alpha female) to exhibit this behavior on some dogs- just like people don't like all other people. WIth that said, she gave me a behaviorial training school that has been very successful with board certified trainers that we will have a consult with this weekend.

I so appreciate everyone's comments. Thank you! Dara

Report this post to moderator

Caesar and Murphy Latham
Member PageMember Page
Mar 23, 2016 at 08:13
• Louise
(Illinois)

Post 5076

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

Dara glad to hear your Vet gave you a good referral for your little girl. Westietude can be a challenge! Let us know how it goes and her progress. Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy

Report this post to moderator

Iver and Sailor
Member PageMember Page
Mar 22, 2016 at 12:25
• David
(Washington)

Post 6332

Dara Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

I'm glad we could help
The Terrier Club is a great resource for help and encouragement

Report this post to moderator

Patti and Molly
Member PageMember Page
Mar 22, 2016 at 09:03
(New York)
Post 448

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

Dara, I'm so glad you are going to get some professional help with this. You sound like such a wonderful dog owner, and that makes my heart glad. :)

Westies are not always an easy breed to handle or figure out. They are such beautiful dogs, but they're also so smart....and so terrier-ish....that they can be a handful.

I applaud you for caring about her enough to figure this out. I'm sure it can be worked out with someone who knows what they are doing - and again, bless you for caring enough to put the energy in to doing so.

Report this post to moderator
NimbySue
Member PageMember Page
Mar 22, 2016 at 17:57
(United Kingdom)
Post 15762

Re: Aggressive Behavior Vote for this post Reply to this Message Reply with a quote

Thats good you are taking her to the school and sure all will work out fine,I think 2 is an age when all dogs can start to really push the boundaries and feel confident at sometimes not such good things!!...Hope you can show us some pictures of  her,.Hugs Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxx.PS One of my old Cairn boys  was aggressive with other male dogs...he was an entire though and also he was attacked by a Male Great Dane when he was a puppy...so if he saw any large male dogs it was a case of he was going to get in there first so to speak...with the girls he was fine!

Report this post to moderator
Reply to this Message
Prior Topic Back to Forum IndexNext Topic


Back

Home

Index