|Barked: Fri May 31, '13 1:07pm PST |
|Jackson, Tiller, and Mulder - thank you for the insight there, as it really helped me understand exactly why Biscuit (the name did NOT fit her, but it made it cute) was so intense. Intense was really the only word to describe her, and I see what you're saying when you describe how if the DA was gone, she wouldn't have had the same level of drive. It was like she was a coiled spring all the time, and even with constant conditioning and attempts to curb the aggression, there were always set-backs. She wanted hikes hours long, fetch sessions so long she would end up vomiting all the water she drank, and would STILL want to keep going.. It was impossible to tire that dog out, and being only a teenager at the time I had a lot of time and energy to try!
What I wished was that there was some level of control I could have obtained with her. She ended up nearly killing our two smaller terriers she was raised with, and the aggression continued to worsen over time. It may very well have been partly my fault, despite my tireless efforts to train, exercise, and manage her, but being only sixteen at the time, it was not my choice when my Mother decided to have her put down at only three years old. I guess my pain over it, and my wish, was that I could have had the same dog just without the off-the-wall aggression towards her own "pack" members. It was just a devastating situation, to have such an incredible dog, but that couldn't live with any other dogs in sight.
But I fully agree with what you guys presented, and I'm actually thankful to have that further knowledge. I don't think all dogs should have NO DA (Our Chow was VERY DA, but not towards his own canine family members) - I just wish that Biscuit could have at least not had a desire to kill dogs she'd been raised with...