As of tomorrow afternoon, Roxie will have been here for three weeks. Now that she's getting better and feeling better, her personality is coming out more and more. That's great news! However, along with her blossoming character a few issues are rearing there head, most minor, but one is giving me pause. I'd love any advice you guys have to offer!
Okay, so I've never dealt with any real behavioral issues. Nola had some obnoxious, teenaged dog related reactivity issues between 9 and 18 months, and I managed that until she grew out of it. Pike is a weird dog in general, but has no glaring issues. Olivia came to me at 5mo, hand shy and nervous around men, but again, no real problems. I'm a training nerd, but I've only focused and absorbed information that pertains to my "normal" dogs.
I'm not sure how to handle a real problem. Fuck, I don't even know if I'm blowing this out of proportion as I am prone to do, so give me your thoughts below.
These are Roxie's more minor issues. I have a decent grasp on how to handle them, and they're not something that worries me. We'll be working on these, slowly, as her recovery progresses. I just want you to get the full picture.
- Spooks around moving cars; flight risk in that regard (so she's on a martingale collar)
- Very "submissive" in her behavior (calm down, I'm not going all Cesar on you.). What I mean is she cowers, belly crawls towards you, lots of appeasement calming signals. No peeing when you greet her (or at all, unless she's outside to potty), but that general body language.
- Scared of certain noises, like clapping hands, dropped items, and sometimes (but not always!) loud voices. Oddly enough, she's fine with loud music, the vacuum, doors slamming, ect.
- Likes cats. Like, likes cats. Not a huge concern, since I don't have them, but we'll be working on that.
- Very eager to meet people, but seems unsure if she'll be safe.
There are a few tiny nuances about her, but none that play a role in this.
And now my biggest issue. When Roxie's in her crate with the door shut, she will snarl and snap against the bars if Nola walks by. Not a warning growl, or a grumble, but a loud, sharp snarl before snapping. There's almost no space between the snarl and the snap, so it doesn't look like a warning. They happen literally in the blink of an eye. She does not do this with people. I don't know if she's like that with other dogs, as only she and Nola are in my bedroom where the crate is.
Nola does not instigate anything. She doesn't try to sniff, touch, open, or really even look at Roxie's crate. There seems to be about a 1ft radius of Roxie ignoring Nola by her crate, and her snapping at her. As soon as Nola gets in that zone, Roxie snaps.
There are no toys or chews in Roxie's crate, just blankets and towels. She's no longer fed in the crate. I haven't seen her snap at Nola if the crate door is open, but I don't let Nola go near it when Roxie's in there and the door is open. Not willing to risk testing the theory, either.
My mom suggested Roxie could be resource guarding when I mentioned it to her, and it seems to fit with what she's doing. I just find it a bit odd she doesn't guard food, toys, or chews. I've never dealt with any kind of resource guarding in my other dogs, so I have no experience with it.
Is it something you just manage? It'd worry me far less if there wasn't such a size difference between Nola and Roxie. Any positive advice, links, books, ect are greatly appreciated!
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