by Sunsilver on 19 January 2011 - 20:01
Now, after whelping a second litter 6 months ago, she still will not tolerate strange dogs anywhere near her, nor can I let her near the daughter I kept from her first litter. We were at an agility class last night, and her owner had to be careful not to let her too close to other dogs.
Is this change of behaviour fairly common in bitches? Should my friend try to get her over it, or just accept that that's the way it's going to be from now on?
by lovejags on 20 January 2011 - 00:01
by hodie on 20 January 2011 - 00:01
by Jenni78 on 20 January 2011 - 01:01
I personally wouldn't breed a very DA dog unless it was so phenomenal that I felt I had to, but I don't know the whole story w/the Maltese, so I won't say she necessarily shouldn't breed her again. I see bitches get more PROTECTIVE toward other dogs when she has pups on premises, but as far as aggression, I don't see this improving spontaneously. I have heard of bitches "waking up" some after a litter, or X number of heats, or just at a certain age...too many variables to hazard as guess as to what, exactly, is going on, so the safest is to not trust her one iota w/other dogs and manage her responsibly, once you rule out a problem like thyroid, which can definitely cause aggression.
by Louise M. Penery on 20 January 2011 - 02:01
by Sunsilver on 20 January 2011 - 02:01
She is fine with strangers her owner introduces her to, and with dogs she's around all the time. However, last summer, when we let her run loose with my 10 month old pup (her daughter from last year) she bit her on the face. It was more of a nip than a bite, but it did draw blood.
Louise, thank you for the suggestion. She does seem to have chronic loose stools! I've suggested this to her owner before, but she's always come up with some other excuse for it. If it IS epi, it's mild, because she got back to a normal weight not too long after weaning the puppies. It was a large litter (9) so she certainly didn't look her best while she was nursing them.
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