Aaaand here we go again

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Taqroy, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Taqroy

    Taqroy Active Member

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    My household is a mess. Tipper has been picking fights (which she has NEVER done before, only finished them), growling at everyone including me and Matt, getting horribly pushy over attention and just being an all around raging jerk. It's been going on since before she got hurt but it's definitely increased since then (which I attribute to being in pain and the fact that I refuse to run her in the backyard until she heals up).

    So, behaviorist has been contacted, vet visit with blood work and UA and physical has been set up, but we could use some vibeage that we can figure this out. It's stressing everyone out and I want to get it sorted as soon as possible because...well I hate breaking up dog fights and I also don't like crying. And those things have been happening frequently.

    Any vibes for a easy to find (and resolve) problem would be greatly appreciated. I rather desperately want this happy dog back.

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  2. Moth

    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    (((Vibes))) and (((Hugs)))
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Oh no, Tipper! Don't do that!

    Could it have anything to do with your pregnancy? It's totally not uncommon for dogs to get weird when they know their owners are prego.

    Vibes that it's something easily resolvable!
     
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    Thanks!

    It's definitely crossed my mind that this is me related. The only dog that really showed a behavioral change when I got pregnant was Murphy though - Mu and Tipper don't even care. This is just so blatantly out of character when nothing in our routine has changed that...well I'm really worried. She growled at me last night and growled at Matt this morning. She's NEVER growled at either of us, even when we might have deserved it.
     
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    Double post. >.<
     
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    :( vibes for you guys! How stressful!
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    ((((VIBES))))

    Maybe do some hide and seek type games to increase her exercise, just in case she is getting cabin fevery?
     
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    Thanks. And yeah, my house is not a fun place to be. It's leaking over into Mu's training - last week and last night she was SUPER reactive in class. And she's the only one in class being a jerk and I feel awful because I have the mean dog and then I feel more awful because it's not her fault. Blegh.

    That's a good idea - I've upped her training but we can only do so much before she hits her frustration level. And I've been working for ages to get her frustration level down (because once she hits it our training consists mostly of barking). Nose work it is!
     
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    No advice, but ((hugs)), I know that can be incredibly stressful :( Hopefully it's just a combo of her owie and being cooped up and under-exercised.
     
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    Frodo has the same issues with getting frustrated during training and deciding to just bark.
    I can only get by with not clobbering him by imagining that he is yelling: "Hey! Hey! Hey! Oh, you don't know what I want? Well HOW DOES IT FEEL?! I don't know what the eff you want EITHER! Yeah, that's what I THOUGHT!"

    And then we do nosework and he falls asleep.
     
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    Haha, we talk for Tipper all the time. "HEY YOU, YOU WITH THE TREATS, I'M YELLING AT YOU. I'M RIGHT HERE. HERE. HERE. STILL HERE. PUT DELICIOUS THINGS IN MY MOUTH. IT'S EVEN OPEN ALREADY." Honestly, the really annoying thing about this - she only does it to me. The trainers at the rescue that have done shaping with her she doesn't even consider barkign at them, she just works. Brat.
     
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    Oh no! I hope its a simple and EASY fix. I have no advice but I'll be sending hopeful and good vibes your way. Hugs!
     
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    I hope its an easy fix!
     
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    Ohhh no, how sad! Hope it's a quick, easy fix!
     
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    I hope she's just irritable from being cooped up and not herself.
     
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    Thank you guys! Our vet appointment is at 2:30 so we can at least rule out a physical/pee problem. We'll just have to wait for the blood work.

    I'm hoping so too but the real irritability started about a week before she got hurt. She's gone after Mu three times in the last two weeks and for NO reason every single time. I've spent a ridiculous number of hours dissecting the triggers for my dogs and I feel confident saying that there really was nothing there - she just turned around and chomped Mu. Who chomped back of course. This might sound awful but I almost hope there is a medical reason for this because I am not seeing anything else that would prompt it. :( I hate not having all the answers. Or even the right questions.
     
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    Sending vibes!!!!
     
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    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    Could be she's extra snarky due to being hurt. When Lincoln got hurt this past Spring by Stryder and/or Charlie and was "off" for a few weeks afterwards. He was super clingy with me (not normal) and anytime the two would look at him or get close he'd start growling. I ended up having to separate him with the other two littles and slowly bring them back together once he was back to 100%.
     
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    So I was pretty much expecting to not get any answers out of this (horribly expensive) vet visit. But it turns out we caught the tail end of a bladder infection. Vet thinks she got the bladder infection a week and a half ago, thus beginning the snark and the antibiotics from her stabbing knocked it down some. We got more different antibiotics to start her on and we're sending out for a thyroid test because we can. So, yay for answers!
     
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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Yay for answers!
     

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