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Date Posted: 22:09:12 10/31/04 Sun
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: aggression
In reply to: Mike 's message, "aggression" on 17:42:43 10/26/04 Tue

I doubt this is a deaf issue. I think in order to have this properly evaluated, you'll need to have an animal behaviorist come to visit your house. I surely don't feel comfortable giving you advice over the internet when there are about 100 questions left to ask in order to get all the info to properly give advice in this situation.

Personally, I think you may have created a problem by treating your male as the alpha when your female is probably the true alpha of the pack. Again, this is just the first thought that ran through my head. You'd need a behaviorist to truely work out this problem.

Good luck.


>We have two boxers, both rescues, Ernie our 12 yr old
>male and Na our 3 yr old Deaf female. Ernie is the
>most lovable senior citizen and we thought we'd get a
>companion for him. We got Na when she was 6 months
>and even thou she was so playful Ernie still tolerated
>her. Na has over the years attacked Ernie several
>times, no real blood on them, but Ernie is wary of
>her. I thought I'd done everything, I feed Ernie
>first, Na sits and waits for comand. Ernie always
>gets a treat first, Na has to shake for her treat.
>Ernie is greeted first in the morning and when we come
>home. Na has obedience training where she does very
>well and shows no aggression towards the other dogs.
>Na seems to be attacking Ernie more often, and even
>thou I can see it coming and stop it, my wife doesn't
>usually see the signs. Ernie and Na can be laying on
>the floor sleeping next together one minute and five
>minutes later she maybe preparing to jump on him. Does
>anyone have any suggestions?

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