I just wanted to comment on this too, because this is how I feel, and I think anyone feels when they've been working on the really difficult behavior problems, like any kind of aggression, or reactivity.Congrats again on the success with Buddy!!!! I can only imagine how you felt -- I've been there when something like that happens, and so many people would never understand, and yet you feel like you want to burst and yell it from the rooftops!!!! I totally get it!!!
Had a moment like that yesterday at our nosework trial. My girl was laying in her crate behind my car -- not IN my car with the windows rolled 1/2 way up, hidden away from everyone (translation: other dogs). No, she was laying comfortably and relaxed in her crate, in front of everyone, under our canopy, waiting our turn. There's a rule in nosework that no dog shall ever been within 8' of another dog, and all reactive dogs wear red bandanas, and they're given even more space. She had hers on so we were identified. I had to run to the restroom, and as I was walking back, looked over at her from a distance - she was alone, laying there, totally relaxed, dogs walking by, and I got tears in my eyes. She wasn't worried, she trusted they weren't going to bother her, and she wasn't the least bit bothered by them. I felt so proud of how far she's come, just watching the world, safe, not worried. *sigh*
Yes, we have a dog on the other side of our fence that brings out that behavior in Brody. The one bite I got was because of the fence thing, although Brody was on leash. I was trying to back him away when he lashed out and bit me. He was whining as well as lunging and barking, so I guess, by Tigerlily's definitions, he isn't dog aggressive (yay!?) but we had to get past the dog to get home, so I basically walked him on his back legs, me holding his collar and the handle on his harness so he couldn't pull anymore or bite me again. That was last Wednesday. The bite was on the front of my thigh. He didn't break the skin, but he did leave marks where his upper and lower canines would have punctured had he wanted to. There is a pretty nasty bruise as well.Oh sure. Apollo did that several times. And with frustration aggression, it's not that a dog bites you accidentally, although I'm sure that could happen, may be, but it's a conscience decision! It's like they're thinking "I'm so frustrated right now I can't even stand it! I gotta get this out or I might explode! I think I'll bite you!"
Even though it only happened with me several times, just about any times a dog bites you (and for what it's worth JJ and Apollo both have bit/nipped me and both have excellent bite inhibition, no bruising, no breaking of the skin, they clearly did not want to hurt me) it's still hard not to take it personally, and be like "Really? You bite the hand that feeds you? Why would you do this to me?"
That's amazing Jackie!! I can imagine how proud you've must have been of her, I have the same feeling every time Missy walks past a dog without going nuts. I hope one day Missy will do that.I had something interesting happen Fri night. I took them for a walk at the beach Fri night after work. The beach is very much Makena's "happy place". As we were working thru so many issues, I found her to relax more at the beach than anyplace else (and still true today after all these years -- and for any newcomes, yes, she's a rescue). As we were walking along, she kept switching from side to side, she and Alfie's leashes were getting tangled, it was driving me nuts - and of course, I told her so (cuz I talk to my dogs constantly). Usually, she walks beautifully, but holy cow, this constant switching sides, walking behind me to switch, back and forth, wth?? It was nuts! Then it hit me!!!!! She was .. on her own .. switching sides when we were coming towards another dog, passing a dog, etc - and she was putting me between her and the 'oncoming' dog. Something we worked on, trained, etc - but there's so much room at the beach, no need to even care about that. But she cares!!!! I wanted to bend down, hug her, and tell her I was sorry for telling her she was driving me nuts! And it meant the world to know that she knows and trusts that I'll always have her back and keep her safe, no need for her to worry anymore. She had a blast, there were loads of dogs, some running around off-leash (not supposed to be) which used to make her very alert but not aroused anymore - but Fri night she was relaxed and didn't seem to care.
Was Brody trying to heard the stranger? Biting them on the backside, considering Brody's mix, I have to wonder if he may have been herding......don't know the circumstances.I guess the hardest thing for me is getting over the fear of something going horribly wrong on a walk, whether it be a dog or another person. This is the vicious cycle of the under-socialized dog never getting adequate socialization because the owner is unprepared to deal with it's current behavior. When Brody nipped a stranger on the backside a couple of weeks ago, it got me thinking of how many times that almost happened, and what I need to do to make sure it never happens again. He tends to lunge and make scary noises at people who appear suddenly around corners, so I am now very wary of corners with poor visibility, and we have many in our area. Kind of makes you want to take drastic measures like only walking really late at night or early in the morning. Not that that is any guarantee either!