I have a 1 year old Siberian Husky named Koda
She is a very energetic, fun and attention-loving dog.
(She is also intact and I'm sure this adds to her attitude as you will read below.)
I recently moved out of my parents house (about 2 months ago) where she was the only dog
living there for the first year of her life.
She was very much house trained, and only ever chewed things if I was away for long periods of time due to some separation anxiety.Her and I were very
close, she has been babied I will admit, she used to sleep in bed with me (something she is no longer allowed to do.) and lay on the couch in our living room. (also something she is no longer allowed to do in the new house.)
My parents let her run free around our property of 8 wooded acres since she was a puppy, although I never agreed with it. She got used to being able to hunt and chase, and yes, sometimes kill
small critters.I believe this may have instilled a wild-like mindset in her because she then slowly became more bull-headed
and started to very much not
listen to my commands.
(Not sure if it was because of the age or lack of discipline or both) If she ran off she would not come when called even though she knew once she got back there were going to be consequences.
She is a dominant personality type dog inside her house.
(Although I have taken her to dog parks a couple of times and she is very shy
and often clings
I now live with my boyfriend in a new house with a small
fenced in back yard in a city suburb. This is a very
drastic adjustment for Koda. Especially
since now she is also no longer the only dog in the house.
My boyfriend's sister who lives with us also has 2
of her own dogs living with us in our 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home.
Both female. Essie
, an Austrailian Cattle Dog around the age of 11.
, a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix just under Koda's
age, also around the age of 1. Luna
is also currently pregnant.
[For some perspective, Koda is the biggest, Luna and Essie and both medium sized dogs while Koda is on the borderline of being a large sized dog.] Koda
was in the new house about a week or so before the other 2 came to live with us, so it's safe to say Koda
probably thinks this is her house and will act as such.
To put it bluntly, they just aren't getting along.
And my dog is in the center of it.
Koda did this before I moved when I had a friend of mine come over to my house (I would babysit her dogs for a few hours while she was in class every once in a while.)
Her dogs were also both female. Shadow
, a black lab/pit mix, around the age of 12.
, a pitbull terrier, around the age of ~7 months or so.
When they would come over Roxy
would play, but Koda
liked to play a bit rough. often putting her mouth on the back of Roxy's
neck and always needing to be dominant over Roxy
wouldn't fight, she would simply submit and they got along relatively fine. I didn't think much of it even thought it was very annoying to watch Koda
act that way when she obviously didn't need to.
When it came to Shadow
, she's an old girl, and a good dog but she has a bit of spunk and she wont put up with Koda's
dominant behavior. Shadow
just lays down and chills out, she doesn't play or anything, she just minds her own. Koda
likes to make herself appear bigger and raise her tail, ears forward, the whole typical "I'm a big bad beeotch" stance and stands directly over her, totally unprovoked and Shadow
doesn't put up with that so they have scuffled a bit, nothing serious. Just an occasional growl here, or a nip there, but for the most part, Koda
left her alone.
But now it's a whole new ballgame. Koda
is obsessed now with always being dominant over the other dogs, Essie
Every time they walk into the room, Koda
watches them like a hawk.
Every time she gets near them, or especially when they get near me, Koda
gets up and gets in their faces with her dominant stance and this is causing fights.
I can't even pet the other dogs without Koda
shoving her way to the front of me and intimidating the other dogs.
First it was some growling here and there and minor squabble but I feel that if anything, it's getting worse. Essie
typically go about their business and do anything they can to simply coexist with Koda
, they really dont pay her any mind. Koda
will loom over, follow, intimidate, and even so much as try to force herself on top of the other dogs. She will pace back and forth outside of my boyfriend's sisters room where her dogs hang out when she's at work to where they don't even come out unless people are in the living room.
She wont go out and blatantly bite dogs outright.
But she will provoke fights like this.
Last week I took them all outside, I heard them fighting a few minutes later and I walk out to see Koda mounted on top of Essie from her side. Koda will often try to put her paw on top of Essie if they're in close quarters.
Just a couple days ago I saw it at it's worst yet and I still cannot believe this happened, (I got Koda a muzzle immediatley after this once I put her in her cage and made sure Luna was okay) But, I took them all outside with me as I went to go smoke a cigarette and Luna and Koda
got out of my sight temporarily behind the garage, and a fight breaks out.
I run to break it up, Luna gets away from Koda
and runs away and Koda
chases her down and attacks her again, Luna then manages to get away from her again and Koda
once more hunts her down and attacks.
No blood was spilled but you can imagine the chaos as I'm running around chasing these two dogs around my yard in my bath robe yelling for Koda to stop.
It was a very disturbing altercation to watch my dog chase down and attack little pregnant Luna. I upset me very much it was very eye-opening to me to see just how bad Koda's behavior actually
is towards the other dogs.
Every time Koda
is dominant in stance towards the other dogs I correct her but she frankly seems to have very selective hearing, her eyes are locked on them when she gets like that and she will not listen to me, I typically have to pull her away by her scruff.
She has also been pooping in the basement even though she knows not to and is repeatedly crated for this behavior.
Frankly, everyone is sick of her right now.
Me, my boyfriend, and my boyfriend's sister.
Koda is always needing to me reprimanded and punished and corrected and crated and separated from the other dogs because she just cannot stop being bad.
I feel like the harder we are on her in effort to correct her behavior she is going to just get more and more jealous of the other dogs and it will cause her to be more possessive and jealous and aggressive. Because like I said if anything it's just been getting worse. I have been keeping a muzzle on Koda any time she is in the same room as the other dogs. This stops her from biting but not the intimidation. Seeing as the other dogs are good enough long enough to receive praise and positive attention as where Koda has been so out of line, she has not been receiving the positive attention I so much want to give her I feel this is also making her very jealous, furthering the type of behavior I need to prevent.
Please. Please. Please. Help.
I don't want to have to give her back to my parents.
I love her very much, she's my best friend and her and I have been so close her whole life until now and it breaks my heart.
I love her so much as I'm sure you other dog owners can relate to.
She truly is a good dog but for some reason this isn't doing over well and she's at the epicenter of it.
I'm trying my best to be a good dog mom and also be fair to the other dogs and try to keep the peace but it's also causing stress between the humans of the house, between my boyfriend and I, and also on his sister especially considering Luna is due to give birth within the next few weeks it's very nerve wracking for everyone involved.
If anyone has any advice for me, please help.