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28 September 2008 @ 09:12 pm
This is our new foster, Hazel. I have a couple of questions about her and I'd appreciate your help!!

foster dog - hazel 4

She was rescued from a backyard breeder who had so many pups, the state forced her to relocate them. Hazel is reportedly 7 months old, though we're suspicious of that. She has her adult teeth, weighs 13lbs (with very tiny features), has protruding nipples, and her female parts seem to be a little stretched. Could all of this be possible at 8 months?

She is also snippy with Penny. When we introduced them, she growled and lunged. It calmed down with clapping and loud NO's. We took her to an adoption event - a Woof-a-Palooza music/dog fest thing at the park today and she did pretty well. We took Penny since she's such a positive example of the breed. Toward the end (about 3 hours in), Hazel was just sleeping on my lap and Penny was next to us and she must have moved and Hazel woke up and instantly lunged onto Penny, put both of her paws on Penny's eyes and latched onto her jowles!!!!! Needless to say, we freaked out and screamed, which stopped it... she just seems to have really been startled. Penny was unharmed, though!

We're trying to give Hazel a fair shot at keeping her foster home with us. She LOVES human attention, is great with our 2 cats, and is reacting well to positive reinforcement. I think, coming from a breeder with a billion dogs, she's territorial and wants to assert herself. Penny mounted her from behind today to show some authority, but obviously Hazel still attacked her pretty viscously today. Does anyone have any suggestions???

Hazel really is a good dog and I don't mean to make her out to be anything other than sweet. She's already learned "sit" and "down" in 24 hours, lovessssss to cuddle, and really is warming up. I'm just concerned about the aggression and how to handle it.

For good measure, and because she's sooo cute, here are some more photos!

foster dog - hazel 1
foster dog - hazel 2
At the adoption event today.
foster dog - hazel 3
I am feeling: optimisticoptimistic
Genevieve: Clementine Staralwaysgenevieve on September 29th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
She's beautiful! Is it possible she had puppies??

I think at 8 months that could all be normal.

Bostons are aggressive in general. They are always the ones fighting at dog parks etc.

She just had to get used to Penny. Sounds like where she was rescued from wasn't a good environment so she is probably really defensive...

Joannamiss_upsetter on September 29th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
it does take some time, but they should take to each other. The pecking order does need to take place. Of course, give penny your attention first, feed her first, and then hazel. I'm sure you already knew that....things will be fine soon! I'm sure this is a culture shock for hazel coming from a gazillion dogs to compete against to just one.
Stephanie Scottsassypugmama on September 29th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
I know it sounds corney, but that show It's Me or the Dog on Animal Planet has some amazing tips for conquering dominance issues in aggressive dogs. I would catch a couple episodes, I learned a lot from it.

Good luck.. and what a cutie!
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on September 29th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Man, the fact that her nipples are protruded and her girlybits are stretched all indicate to me that she has had puppies not too long ago. Sounds like she was in a bad way before you got her from her jumpiness; I think time is your friend in this case as hopefully she will settle down a little as she grows more comfortable with you and your family.
(Anonymous) on October 1st, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Bostons are aggressive??????
Wow, I don't know what kind of Bostons you have been around, but I have had them all my life and never ever had an aggressive one and there has always been more than one dog in the house and several cats. Playful, yes! Clowns, Yes! Energetic, Yes!

But never never aggressive! I have taken them to dog parks, dog beaches, and other things involving dogs and cats and never had them be that way...

Please don't lump them all into a bunch because you have seen aggressive one before!