My friend Ricky has a three-year-old shar pei named Lucy Liu who, up until a couple of weeks ago, was well-balanced and somewhat friendly. She's always been a very serious dog meaning that she doesn't go rushing at people, tail wagging, demanding peoples attention. She stays back and watches and takes your measure and approaches you when she's ready. The role that she's assumed in her pack is the guardian of the children. Ricky lives on two-and-a-half acres and has 4 girls ranging in age from 9 to 3 years old. The girls love to play outside and Lucy is always about 5 yards away from the girls making sure that nothing "dangerous" gets close to hurt them. She enjoys her job and loves her girls. They've always been able to roll around and wrestle with her, being very physical, and she has NEVER shown any type of aggression to her kids. She would even lay out in the yard with the chickens climbing all over her never trying to hurt them. Two weeks ago, their second dog, a mastiff mix named Sasha, decided to assert her dominance and the two dogs fought horribly. Lucy was torn up and had many lacerations and other wounds around her head and neck. She has healed but she's not the same dog. She is now incredibly aggressive towards the neighbors, whereas before they weren't even a blip on her radar. Lucy will actually leave her yard and chase the neighbors back on to their property, squeezing through the neighbors fence to go after them. The neighbors have approached Ricky and warned him that if anything should happen they will hold him responsible. She has changed so profoundly that Ricky is afraid to leave his daughters alone with Lucy. Ricky is keeping the dogs separated to avoid any further altercations and has been taking Lucy outside on a leash. Any tension on the leash and Lucy throws herself down and cowers and shakes. She is paranoid and overreacts to anything she perceives as a possible threat. She needs help finding herself again.
Princess was a bit of a celebrity dog in Rochester when a concerned neighbor posted videos of her being abused by her owner at the time on Facebook. Eventually the owner surrendered princess to lollipop farm where we were interviewed and chosen as her new family. We call her piper now and she works so hard to be a part of our family. We broke so many bad habits and are challenged with her most stubborn ones. She torments her older brother blaze. She is not easily socialized with the neighborhood dogs passing the house. She appears aggressive when in fact she just doesn't know how to respond. She has no trust of outside people and we are limited to company we can have. She's even nipped a few heinys. She barks agressively at my poor neighbors trying to enjoy their own back yard and we struggle with having her outside too much. Piper is a sweet baby who so wants to please but will not trust. We walk her with her brother to the grocery store and she barks so viciously at strangers it's hard to hold her back. And lord help me hold her back if she sees another dog on her walks. She loses all focus on everything but that doggie. These more aggressive behaviors have proven to difficult for me. Any help or suggestions are appreciated