Consulting a trainer is a great idea. I'm sure she would love to get out of the garage. She could also be having aggression issues because of physical discomfort. Hot spots can be so bad that they lose sleep and can get really agitated too. I don't know how old she is, but arthritis can be an issue, especially after excercise. Point being,a medical check up would probably be a good idea too.
She had gotten hit by a car when I had her, which is something I'm know is bothering her, but I've been noticing getting her exercise has helped a bit. I just don't see her often enough to make a big enough impact on the hot spots for them to clear up entirely. She is around 4-5 years old now.
Her current owners have talked to me about some issues she has too, like bladder infections and fleas... Last I checked, they haven't gotten her in to a vet to get checked out..
Hello! My name is Melissa and I'm a dog trainer who has a 'thing' for behaviorally challenged dogs. I have a few follow up questions for you. First, how long has this dog been living in the garage? Is she in there alone? What kind of enrichment does she have? I ask these questions because you mention how fast she drinks water... hopefully she has access to water 24/7 and if not she should. You mention aggression but used with no context it is hard to give guidance. What is she doing that is aggressive? Could she just have a rough play style as vs being vocal(like most hybrids)? You mention that she could be in pain... that will always cause a dog to be reactive to some extent. This next bit comes from a place of concern, not judgement. Dogs are pack animals. They need their pack to be fulfilled as a dog being. They were once wolf animals who's sheer survival was dependent on the pack as a whole then domesticated them. But that pack mentality is still hard wired in to them. A Solitary dog with no contact with other dogs and/or limited contact to their people Can have a negative effect on a dog's behavior as a whole. If your dog is part Wolf, Even huskies have that more prevalent in their personalities. Is it possible that this negative behavior you're seeing from the dog could be solved by just making sure that their social requirements are being met? You can't expect a dog to be locked away in a garage and be able to maintain mentally. I beg you to find a balanced trainer who incorporates many different tools in their training method and move forward from there. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out!
Thank you for the responses.
We only had her a year in 2013, but shes been living in this garage for about 3 and alone. The family has a few kids and a cat, shes always chased cats, not to hurt but more as a game. The aggression is attacking other dogs and getting into fights that are hard to break up. She gives no warning, and just chases them off, but the GSD that we usually have often usually retaliates back that further insinuates the fight. She is quite a vocal dog, and she is not when she gets aggressive. Sometimes she'll let out a low growl, before jumping on the other dog. When she plays, she usually is very loud, and likes to be chased and just run away from them. When we had her, she would get a bit unsure and speak up, she was very vocal about expressing her discomfort.
Another thing, is we had to rehome her a few years ago, I'm thankfully still in contact. I would bring her back in a heartbeat, however we do have two dogs in the house, and just don't want to put them at risk. One of the other dogs has a bad history of being attacked by an older dog that was in the home before I moved in.
I contacted a well known dog behaviorist here in Eugene, and she thinks its more of a possessiveness over me than anything else, like Kaylee feels she has to protect me from the other dogs.
Edited by Caffeinatedasian, 16 October 2017 - 10:01 AM.