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Old 08-21-2011, 04:52 PM
Location: SE Michigan
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Originally Posted by taleah View Post
ALlie has been sick. WIth Bronchitis. She is also pretty deaf and almost blind. We kept her seperated from the other animals. The aggression was before and after the illness.

I am just wondering "why now?" and why Allie, she does not seem to provoke. I saw the whole event unfold on this most recent incident and all Allie was doing was passing by Duke in the hallway. He bit her 3 times. the last bite he got the tip of her ear. There hasnt been another incident since. It comes out of the blue and doenst happen for a while at a time. It is inconsistant and there doesnt seem to be a constant variable
My sister in law had a dog , I dont remember the bread but it was a lg herding dog. He became agressive when he was old . Duke is 9 and should have several good years left.
It seems you keep wanting to blame Duke.

Body language and inter-dog signals can be extremely subtle, so just because you think it's inconsistent, doesn't have a constant variable, or "happens out of the bliue" doesn't mean that's the case. There is always a reason -Duke went for Allie for a reason. You just haven't figured it out.

If Allie is the "sofa princess" and generally separated from the other dogs, including Duke, plus gets more attention because she has health problems....then sure. Duke is frustrated and jealous, perhaps.

I have three dogs plus a foster. If I take one or two or three dogs out for a walk or to class or wherever, when I get back with them the not-walked dog is likely to get snippy. Because it's frustrated and jealous.

If Allie is given special privileges, kept separated, paid extra attention because she has special needs, is sick or ailing...these are all perfectly valid reasons, in Duke's mind, to go after her. IMHO - you can either start doing more with Duke - ie parallel walking or something special just for him - and/or being more diligent about keeping Allie safe for her remaining years. It's not a problem with Duke....it's a management (your) problem.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:55 AM
Location: florida
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Thank you a lot. Duke with his short Corgi legs can not jump on the couch thus he doesnt get up there.

I think we figured it out. We had to put Allie on a Venison /sweet potatoe diet dog food because of herallergies and lower protein for her kidneys and age. So she gets fed in a different spot than the other dogs. We think Duke doesnt like that or he likes her food but he doesnt get it. So we are working on feeding times and maybe giving Duke smaller portions but feed him more times through the day.

Thanks for the postings and helping me be more observant.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:59 PM
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I have a 2 year old male, neutered since he was 6 mos or younger. He is exhibiting the same behaviour as Duke toward our 11 year old Jack Russell, neutred male. Both are in good health. The Corgi has just started doing this in the last 6 mos. It's upsetting because he has left puncture marks on the JRT. I'm going to check into obedience lessons and adjusting how we treat them around each other. The Corgi loves both adults and children and seems cordial to other new dogs. I am going to keep trying new things. Maybe I'll find something I can share and I'll keep reading all of your suggestions as well.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:46 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I may be wrong but it seems to me that both dogs and cats tend to pick on the older infirm animals around them. We surely had that problem with cats. Poor old Kibi could barely escape the antics and rambunctiousness of a younger cat and then it became down right bullying.

I think Duke may be picking up on the frailty of Allie and trying to usurp her position as pack leader. is Allie the pack leader?
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