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> Unsocialised Staffie Bitch Help Needed
Nina K
post 16th Dec 2016, 2:59 pm
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OH's daughter has adopted (or rather, had palmed off on her) a lovely staffie bitch called Darcy (approx 3 or 4 years old), which was in the same family from being a puppy but, 3 kids later, nobody had the time for. Lovely dog around people (if a bit manic) but totally lacking any social skills around other dogs. Just runs around all the time, bumping into other dogs if they get in the way.

Sometimes OH's daughter has her mother's staffie bitch, Poppy, staying over, an older, more sedate version of Darcy. Today, as the daughter was working, OH volunteered to take the two girls out at lunch time to give them a break. They have always been fine together, and have even been walked with my three on a number of occasions (although I have to admit to always having been a bit worried about Darcy mixing with mine due to her manic exuberance). For absolutely no reason OH could see, they just suddenly went for each other and started fighting. Both got hold of each other and it took OH a while to be able to separate them. (He was badly shaken when he phoned me at work, as he had not only been pushed over in the mud - he is not old or frail - but was very upset and taken aback by the intensity of the fight between the two dogs.)

Bottom line is, Darcy doesn't seem to have any injuries but poor Poppy is at the vets', being stitched up as I write this. She has a couple of tears on the skin on her throat area.

Obviously they will need to be kept apart but, going forward, what is the best advice to give OH's daughter about handing Darcy? Personally I suspect Poppy probably got hurt by Darcy barging into her constantly and just had enough and snapped at her. I worry that, if Darcy does not learn to calm down round other dogs, she will keep getting into fights (although this is the first time she has had a proper fight, my Jazz has told her off a few times in the past).

We suspect poor Darcy has never been properly socialised or walked very much in her previous home. She does get regular off-lead walks now in areas where she can have a good run (fields, woods, etc). However, I feel it would be better for her to be put back on lead when other dogs are around.

What is the best way to teach her to calm down with other dogs and not barge them all the time? She really is a lovely girl but just seems to do everything at 100mph, regardless of what is in her way.

Food wise, the previous home fed her on cat food for years! She is now on Chappie wet food and looks really well in terms of body condition.

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post 16th Dec 2016, 4:38 pm
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She needs to be muzzle trained immediately in my opinion and should not be off lead unless in a secure area without other dog until she is.

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I would also suggest they get a behaviourist who is up to date with modern training techniques and trains without adversives out in person to advise of the best way forward.
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post 16th Dec 2016, 4:51 pm
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QUOTE(kilmousk @ 16th Dec 2016, 4:38 pm) *

She needs to be muzzle trained immediately in my opinion and should not be off lead unless in a secure area without other dog until she is.

Muzzle training

I would also suggest they get a behaviourist who is up to date with modern training techniques and trains without adversives out in person to advise of the best way forward.


I agree, this is too serious to be dealt with by internet advice sad.gif

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post 16th Dec 2016, 7:45 pm
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Yup, same here. ASsociation of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, and a qualified, experienced behaviourist consultation.
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