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Old 06-06-2018, 02:46 PM
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My Dog Attempted to Attack My Mom

I have a seven month old boxer-lab/pitbull mix, she is my world and I love her to death. Last night my Mom got into an arguement while on the phone and had begun yelling pretty loudly. Company was coming over soon so she was rushing trying to clean as well, anyways she has a four year old long haired chihuahua, and she was going to put her up in her room because she doesn't like when we have company over. My Mom grabbed her pretty quickly and it startled her so she cried out one loud time, my dog broke free from my leash and charged at my Mom as fast as she could and jumped on her and started to snap at her, I quickly pulled her off and threw her in her kennel. My Mom has been nothing but nice to my Dog, spoiling her and giving her constant attention and my dog turned on her in a time. This now has my concerned on many levels, if she tried doing that to my Mom, would she attempt it again? Would she attempt with another person familiar to her? Would she turn on me at less than a moments notice? I am really at a loss and do not what to do.
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Old 06-06-2018, 04:13 PM
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Your mom was yelling and acting angry and while acting angry and scary, which dogs perceive as threatening, she grabbed the little dog and from your dogs perception, hurt her hard enough to make her cry out in fear and pain. Dogs don't understand that we're talking on the phone. They think we're either insane and talking to no one or talking to them.

Your dog was defending you and her helpless small little dog sister. My dog barks, growls, lunges at and acts like he's going to kill anyone who yells near me or him. He's a shelter dog who was probably abused in one of his past homes before me. If I raise my voice he runs for his life and hides and shuts down after two years with me.
Your dog did not turn on your mom. She protected you and the rest of the family from what she perceived to be an irrational dangerous threat. In her mind your mom was randomly angry and screaming and then attacked and hurt the little dog who yelped and cried out.
Your dog is not going to randomly turn on anyone. If you keep putting her in highly stressful frightening situations that she perceived as dangerous she may continue to be protective of you and herself. I personally like my dog not letting people yell at or attack me in public.
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I have to agree that your dog was acting as a good dog would. He could feel the tension rising and then saw your mom hurt her own dog. The way your mom acted was not smart.
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Your dog was acting as a "good" dog would only if that's what you wanted your dog to do.


Dogs that go into drive mode in situations where they haven't been obedience trained/proofed can obviously lead to bad situations. I learned my lesson a while back.



"my dog broke free from my leash" will hopefully never happen again.



Manage the newly learned freakout mode when need be and I know it's hard to find a similar environment to train in but when one's command of their dog isn't adequate to match the dog's intensity of drive, crap happens. Appropriate training will make a difference.
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