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29 December 2008 @ 05:29 pm
this is bad. this is so bad.  
Lainie attacked my mother. Again.

I haven't had the heart to type about this, but she's been getting bitchier and bitchier, and I can't figure out why. So far, she only seems to take things out on my mother.

I think part of it might be jealousy. For the longest time, Lainie was our only "baby." Then my mom adopted Scruffi (a God-only-knows dog). Once, when Mom went to pet Scruff, Lainie bit her hand. But we've had Scruffi for nearly a year now, and things are just now getting bad!

This time, Lainie was having a dream. Mom woke her up, and Lainie bit her three times on the face. It looks like Mom's had her nose pierced.

This is about the third time that Lainie has bitten Mom. She seems to think that it's not okay to attack Dad because he hit her with a door (he didn't; she ran into it running away from him), and it's not okay to attack me because she sleeps in the bed with me. But Mom is fair game???

I honestly don't know what to do. We can't take her around other people now because her behavior is getting so bad. I honestly can't stress enough how "bitchy" she's being toward everyone. I'm worried that if she attacks Mom again or bites anyone else, we may have to have her put down. This would absolutely break my heart.

Mom is being really nice about it, but she won't let Lainie get anywhere near her now. I know that if I weren't sick and didn't depend so much on Lainie to keep me sane, the dog would have been history by now.

I know it's a long shot that anyone would actually read all of this, but I'm trying to paint a clear picture so that someone might have some advice. PLEASE HELP. ANY advice would be appreciated.
I am feeling: scaredscared
Genevieve: Hog & Clem on the benchalwaysgenevieve on December 30th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
how old is Lainie? How aggressive is she really being? Did your mom need stitches? Our 13 year old boston bit me a couple years ago. I was trying to leave and put her in the outside kennel. She didn't want to go and bit me! I was so shocked. We just know not to mess with her and if you do something she doesn't like she may bite you. But we laugh about it. We call her "the old bitch."

My parents have a 1 year old French Bulldog who fights with our 7 year old boston. For no reason he will just attack. My mom went to break it up one night and he bit her arm. So badly she called 911.

He's never bit her since and she has much more control over him now (she got a trainer after that)

So i don't really know what to say. Im just wondering if she's old and cranky like Tinkerbell?
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on December 30th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Lainie will turn 5 in February. I hope she's not old and grouchy already! Eeep!

Mom didn't need stitches, but the hole did go through her nose and one almost through her lip. She had bled all over a towel when she came to wake me up. :(

I don't know how or where we could get a trainer, but do you think that would be a good idea? Or is it kind of too late for that now?
Sheri: CAT JUMPING FUN BY petitephotobooksaremyhabit on December 30th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm G's mom Sheri..I got bit by Slugger my frenchi, my hubby looked online and got a trainer..had her here the next day and believe me it's worth the time and expense. Slugger still attacks Rebel sometimes but it's not as bad and I have him on a leash at all times to control the situation.
I know the signs and can stop it now. It's very serious, you need a trainer.
hysteric glamour: shmoopyunquietmind on December 30th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
ALL of the humans in the house need to reestablish dominance over Lainie. She seems to think she's above your mom in the pack, and you all need to let her know that's not acceptable.

One or two sessions with a behaviorist should help tremendously. They can show you and your mom how to put Lainie in her place. We had to do this with one of our rescue dogs. She's a much happier member of the pack now - and no more biting.

Edited at 2008-12-30 03:15 am (UTC)
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on December 30th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Has she been having any medical problems lately? Pets definitely act out a lot when something else is bothering them, though that's just one possibility. I would definitely talk to the vet for some ideas. Hope your mom is healing up okay. :(
Stacysatyr8 on December 30th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
I would try a postitive reinforcement training class, or even talk to a behaviorist, it's never too late! HERE'S A GOOD ARTICLE TOO:
popscockles: pic#73346267catpopscockles on December 30th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Take her to the vet & have some tests done. Sudden onset of aggressive behavior could be from something like thyroid problems. The only reason why I say this is because it sounds like my neighbor's situation with her boston terrier mix, Magnus. One day he just bit the crap out of her husband & then just started going off on everyone!

She took him to the vet a month later for a check up & mentioned the recent behavior problems. He did some tests & they found out it was this thyroid.