I am pretty desperate and at my wits end which means a breath away from the shelter... an option I am hoping to avoid.
Last summer while on vacation abroad i rescued a puppy from a near-car accident. my guess is she was about 2 months old, and still did not know how to chew. As i had to do her paperwork to get her home, i left her in a "refuge" where she was (unbeknown to me) cast amid 200 other stray dogs ; they were fed regularly but that was all. She thus arrived home at 3,5 months old without ANY mothering or any notion of pack rules... she only learnt the street rule. Fight or flight, in her case FIGHT!!!
to make a long story short, at home I have 5 other dogs ages 6-14. THEY all accepted her... SHE is quite a bully and does not accept pack etiquette -- she has taken turns attacking different dogs. some days she is fine, other days she attacks, for no apparent reason (she is never provoked). she began by attacking the weakest, now she has focused her attention on the pack leader who is 4 times her size, 14 years old, but has the handicap of missing a hind leg so she has limited mobility. 2 days ago she lunged at the older dog and a viscious fight started -- i stepped in to stop the puppy, and resulted in a broken finger and bad bite.
i have been working with a trainer, the vet, a behavior specialist... with me (and humans in general) she is fantastic. she has bonded with me, we do training exercises, obediance work, lots of outings (she is high energy) etc and she is fantastic. the problem is she will not submit to pack hierarchy, and as a result i have to keep the dogs separate and monitor each and every dog.
I am at my wits end... I love her immensely and feel sick at the idea she will go to a kennel, AND it might just make things worse for her but she is becoming a liability, to me, to my son, to the other dogs who since the last fight are all very anxious
does anyone know how to approach this problem? I thought of asking the vet for some kind of medical support to "calm" her (make her relax/less reactive) but i don't know if such a thing exists or if it really helps... her basic perspective of other dogs (at home) is "i'll kill you before you even think about killing me" -- even when there is absolutely no need!!
at the park/in public spaces she is mostly fine... if she meets a particularly submissive dog she will play-bullly him, but mostly she just plays with other dogs. the problem is at home...