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Every so often we like to steal to the land of what might have been,
But that doesn't soften the ache we feel
When reality sets back in.
--"I'm Not That Girl," from the play Wicked
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Happiness is a warm puppy. ~Charles M. Schulz
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So stay vigilant and treat your dog like a dog who could bite but hasn't today. That's your best path to long-term safety.
Jul 3 09 2:09 PM
I haven't read through the whole thread yet. First, thank you for linking this video Sarah. It's very .... can't think of the right word...
"seminal," "resonant?" Of course it makes me very sad too.
I do think that pups with a tendency to resource guard can have that impulse limited with early intervention, early as in almost as soon as they are weaned and
eating and playing somewhat independently, and so the initial response should come from the breeder. With the Jack Russells, I ran into almost every form of
unwanted aggression either in my pups or someone else's. I think that is the downside of breeds that are highly "hybridized," and which
emphasize working ability and concomitant physical traits over sociability. Many of these aggressive tendencies can be managed by an average joe like myself
if they are caught early and if they are not too extreme. Sometimes the pup with manageable tendencies of this sort can be placed appropriately, but I think
the pups with more extreme tendencies will be worrisome forever.
I have lots of skeletons in my closet that come out to haunt me when I start thinking about this stuff. I bought a very, very well bred beautiful male Jack
Russell puppy who was intensely dog aggressive from the time he was about 10 weeks old. When he was about 4 months old, just old enough to be shown in the
youngest puppy classes I was at a big trial in Maryland and he attacked a tiny little bitch pup waiting to go in the ring. Just did a full blown attack on
her, relentlessly while she screamed. I grabbed him, put him in the crate... no point showing him after that. I got home, neutered him and placed him with
people who had no other dogs and no peripheral dogs to speak of. I haven't heard from them in years, and so I believe that by neutering and rehoming him,
he had a good life.
I also think that if Roxie's little white feet are any indication, she might have some border collie in there. To me the border collie might very well be
the most genetically engineered breed in existence. I think their neural structures ae sort of like.. well two analogies lol: first like the guy in the
circus, balancing a bunch of spinning tea cups: if one goes... everything goes down with a crash and second like my dad's fourwheel drive truck, stuck in
the sand on Galveston beach.... incredible power that just digs itself deeper and deeper when things go wrong.
As to the trainer, I too was very, very nervous with her face down there. I'm guessing she knew that the puppy had already bitten someone and so she
wasn't going to be the one to put that black mark on Roxie's record, still if the pup had gotten a good hold... wow!
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