I have two males, Angus and Brutus, who I am concerned about...
I adopted Angus as a puppy from the pound. Took him everywhere with me and he was well socialized with humans but didn't get equal attention with other dogs.
I adopted Brutus about a year later when he was about 10 months. He was given to me by somebody who adopted the dog about a week before me. The only info I was given was "the dog was supposed to be used for fighting but they didn't want him because he wasn't mean"...
... I was so thankful to get this big guy because I knew he was nothing more then a big sweetheart. Although obviously neglected, (very thin, awful teeth, mange, clipped ears, etc).
Although I lived in a two bedroom condo, I couldn't resist but bring the dogs home...I have a small yard, and I promised myself I would take them both out everyday...
Once I got both dogs, it was more difficult to take them out at the same time, I became a full-time student while working a part-time job..no excuses, but, the dogs were not receiving the socialization they needed..
Angus clearly has a Barrier Frustration issue. He grew up in the condo and we had a green-belt behind the yard.. This awful lady (two of them, actually) would seem to intentionally walk circles behind my yard...just allowing Angus to get frustrated..I tried many approaches to getting him to calm down, none of which seemed to calm his frustration.. (and now i understand why). He also has a little bit of Resource Guarding, as when he is playing with toys he chews them up and wants to be the only one chewing them up..Although often, he will try to share his toy with Brutus by sticking it in his mouth or just flat out dropping it in front of him.
Brutus, on the other hand, seems to have issues with Fear and Resource Guarding. He seems to be very timid around his food and usually hangs his head low around the food dish. I separate the bowls a good distance and I have had no issues...When he gets a toy, he'll prance off all happy and go lay down with it.. if anybody comes by he'll hang his head low and look up at you..........The fear issue is my fault, and I honestly feel like I may have stressed my dog mentally to the point he wont forget it.....Shortly after getting him neutered, I came home and he started to pee on the floor. I yelled NO, took him outside and showed him the correct spot to go to the bathroom..unfortunately he was peeing uncontrolably.....The next time I come home, same thing..My mother whom I was living with at the time is very proud of how clean she keeps the house, and the last thing I wanted was her getting frustrated because the dog pissed on the freshly installed carpet. I repeat my previous actions, while scolding, not knowing the issue..
I came here and I got inside scoop...Brutus was submissively pissing, and I was doing nothing but making matters worst.. This was a very stressful time for me as it continued, but slowly got better, and slowly went away. Its amazing what just turning the other way can do...if I only knew that the first time I saw this action.
Anyways, skip forward about a year and I have finally moved. I am now finally on a beautiful ranch-like house that is semi-gated and has 20 acres for the dogs to explore.
The dogs have loved all the exercise, and it really has seem to been great for getting them to be not nearly as anxious. In fenced section of the backyard, the dogs got in a very bad fight. I was inside when it happened, and I instantly ran out and go in the middle of them. I grabbed them by the collars and they literally had each other by the mouth. I remained calm, stuck my hand in Angus's mouth and separated them for about 3 seconds, before they tied to latch onto each other..I got in between them and started screaming. Brutus got low to the ground and scared, Angus put his ears back tail down and cowardly backed down. I was so fricken pissed and upset and I couldn't believe it. I had blood on my arms, scratches on my chest, and cuts on my bare-feet....what a mess, but i'm more concerned about my dogs.
Angus got Brutus pretty good under the chin. It got swollen for about 3 days almost like a golf ball or as if he had his wisdom teeth removed. The wound itself cleaned itself up and is looking very healthy now. For the few days that Brutus was obviously very sore, he was also very very timid, and very pissed off at Angus. I kept a very close eye on them and obviously separated them when I wasn't around. Angus had completely forgave and forgot, whereas Brutus was still upset and seemed to take it to heart.. They just weren't the good goofy friends they're used to being.
Its been about 5 days, and the dogs are doing good. They're sleeping with each other like old times, playing, rough-housing, you name it..
I'm scared this is going to happen again. Why did it happen the first time? I never thought it would before then...but now what am I supposed to assume? There seems to be something in the yard they like to chase when I open the door. As soon as they hear the sliding door open they run out back to a certain corner of the yard, almost like a race to see who gets there first..I am assuming they know a squirrel or something is hiding out, a lizard, anything...I believe this is what is going to start the fight if it happens again, and possibly even the fight the first time.
My dogs need more socialization,more obedience, and overall more TRUST in me......I have all the free time in the world that they may need, I just need direction.....
I live in the Inland Empire, California, but am willing to travel to find somebody who fits my dogs needs.
I used to be in contact with RED but I am unsure where she has been? Hopefully ok!
Thanks for the awesome thread!