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  1. I've had Lexi (grey) for 4 years, she's 9 now. She's a rescue and wasn't socialised and didn't like affection when we got her. She's made a lot of progress and she's made a few friends at the dog park too. She still doesn't like all dogs but quite often she is friendly to new dogs. She also gets on great with my sister's Yorkie. We decided to adopt another husky, Monty (black) (4 years), and they seemed to get on fine when they met. Lexi started becoming quite possessive and food aggressive, which we seem to have rectified now at least. She's learned to share her humans and food isn't a trigger anymore either. She mostly just ignores Monty now but sometimes they even cuddle so I don't really know what's going on. Other times she growls when he gets too close or tries to play. We also go on a walk every day where they're completely content walking side-by-side. Monty isn't completely socialised either but is a lot better with other dogs. They only occasionally get into fights now but I can't figure out what the problem is now as it only happens once every 3/4 weeks more or less and I cannot figure out what's causing it as I never manage to catch the beginning. Does anyone have any tips on stopping the fighting and getting them more friendly towards each other?
  2. So Nala - the love of my life, my baby, my best firend - is only these things to me. She is not particularly fond of anyone else really. Even living with my parents and siblings for entire 4-year life, she is still semi-nervous around them for some reason. And don't even get me started on strangers. For anyone who read our intro, I am moving into an apartment soon and being a twenty year old making this break for the very first time, I'm sure you can assume that I will be having roommates. My future roommates came over one day and I wanted them to meet the furball they would also be rooming with, they came inside, behaved calmly (so none of that high pitched getting all up in her face nonsense), and I had Nala on a leash. So Nala is obviously excited (or nervous, she does like a high pitched whining/talking thing when new people come over) and she is rubbing up on my new roommate, thinking nothing of it, she reaches down and pets her head. To which Nala growls aggressively and (I think, I couldn't see very well) snaps at her This is not the first time she has behaved like this. She has bitten my brother twice - under circumstances that no one is particularly sure of because no one else was in the room either time and he is 8 years old so of course he says she just bit him out of nowhere. And she has "bitten" my boyfriend once - this one I witnessed firsthand. She play-fights with the family's beagle regularly (she has never hurt the beagle or even attempted to, just play growls and fights), and my boyfriend came from England to meet me and my dog for the first time and when he saw this play fighting he didn't realize it was harmless. He attempted to intervene when he thought Nala might hurt Molly and Nala turned to growl or snap at him and caught his nose. Witnessing this first hand, I am not trying to defend her, but I don't think she meant to bite him, I think she just meant to snap and her tooth grazed him, but I'll include a photo of his injury and you guys can be the judges. So all in all, I am worried about what may happen when we move into this apartment. She has even had a slight attitude with me lately - if she is standing right in my way and won't move on her own and I just nudge her (literally a nudge) she will growl and sometimes even snap. When she was younger, I took her out to Petsmart regularly to socialize her with both people and dogs, and she did fine back then, but as an adult (both of us) I haven't had time to come home from work and drive half an hour to get to the city to socialize her. I am hoping that with this move to the city, I can get her out and walk her around the complex and the surrounding areas for her to be around strange people regularly. One more thing that should be noted, I have attempted to train her professionally twice, both pretty unsuccessful because she is impossible to motivate, especially when out in public. She won't do anything for treats, toys, clicks, or whistles. I mean how do you train a dog that doesn't want any kind of reward? Please please help lol
  3. Wolfee

    Socialization

    Anyone got any tips on socializing excitable dogs for me? I'm going to start taking my Staffie and Husky on walks where there's a lot of people, I'm just gonna sort of walk through, and ignore the distractions (people and dogs) and hope that they copy me in time, and the more I do this they will get used to ignoring dogs and people when out on walks or just in general, like if we have guests so they won't jump all over them and be calm instead... Will this work? :/ Thank you
  4. My cousin is bring over her Newfoundland puppy today for Andi's first doggie play date. She's had rather mixed reactions about meeting some of the other dogs in the neighborhood so I hope everything goes well. Wish us luck!
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