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Not sure what to make of Rizzle’s behaviour now!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Darkangelwitch, Nov 8, 2019 at 4:42 PM.


  1. Darkangelwitch

    Darkangelwitch Princess Shona

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    Yesterday OH had to take the 3 dogs out on his own as I had a horrid migraine.

    Where we walk them is a field with a river along one side where the bank is very overgrown. All of a sudden a man appeared out of the overgrowth (why he was in there we have no idea) but Rizzle (8 month old Lurcher x border terrier x lots) started snarling and growling then took off and grabbed the mans trouser cuffs (still snarling).

    The man apparently didn’t bat an eye lid, kept walking, didn’t even try to kick her (which to be honest was surprising considering her bad behaviour) but also didn’t stop walking so OH could grab hold of her. She finally did let go and go back to OH.

    The only thing OH did say was the the man did stink of alcohol.

    Any ideas as to why she would suddenly show this aggressive behaviour from a distance? We know she has a very good nose for scents (it’s one of our training games) and she can recognise one of our neighbours at a huge distance on the fields and does her silly squeaky welcome to him until he arrives.

    But I am concerned about the aggression so ideas welcome please.
     
  2. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    See if she was younger this is very typical of a terrier puppy who just wants to play.. I had a lot of jeans ripped near my ankles with my terriers. It was part and parcel of owning a terrier puppy to be honest.

    I know you said the man was drunk but carry on walking probably wasn't a bad thing in his eyes, or mine to be honest.

    How is her behaviour in general with such as mouthing. Does she still mouth, nip to play?
     
  3. Darkangelwitch

    Darkangelwitch Princess Shona

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    We didn’t get her til she was over 4 months old and she was basically feral, she had no bite inhibition as she hadn’t been taught but she has learned (taught by both us and the other two dogs that biting is not how to behave).

    She doesn’t tend to nip to play now, she has got the idea that toys are for biting not hoomans and even when she plays with the other two dogs the biting is very gentle, she learned that very quickly when big dog snarled at her for biting too hard once.

    It was just the aggression she showed to this man was so out of character for her, she is normally such a happy friendly puppy but OH said it was all out snarling and certainly not play.

    We will keep an eye on it, hopefully it won’t happen again but if it does I will get a behaviourist in.
     
  4. DaisyBluebell

    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    To be honest if someone had popped up out of no where like that, it would have scared the life out of me & I would probably have given that off to my dog & I have to say I think my Emma would have gone in, as your dog did, to protect me (thinking she needed to) & I wouldn't have stopped her if I were on my own in a field somewhere. I think dogs instincts are greater than ours a lot of the time & I wouldn't be too worried about the reaction you described but I would watch n see if anything like it happened again at some time just to make sure it was just a protective one off incident
     
  5. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    My dog had the same (very out of character) reaction recently, but fortunately was in my front garden so no actual contact with the culprit who was weaving along the street towards us, lost his steering completely and lurched into next doors fence, recovered before falling over it completely and staggered on. We’re on the route from the pub so I’m pretty sure he was drunk.

    I think all the barking/growling was out of surprise and fear, rather than out and out unwarranted aggression. Drunk people don’t move or behave as dogs expect them to.
     
  6. Sairy

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    Do you know if the man was walking funny at all? Holly occasionally reacts defensively to people who walk strangely. Originally thought it was people who carry a walking stick, but it seems that it's not the stick that bothers her but the way the person walks.
     
  7. Darkangelwitch

    Darkangelwitch Princess Shona

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    Thank you DaisyBluebell, that makes me feel a bit better about it, maybe she was just being protective, we still have a lot to learn about her and maybe she is a protective dog :)

    OH didn’t say he was walking funny, just that he suddenly appeared from the bushes and stank of booze so I suppose that’s what set Rizzle off. We are not drinkers so she has not had that experience with us but who knows what happened in her previous home.
     
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    Loki behaved similar when two men stagggered down the main road towards us early in the summer they were clearly drunk and did look intimidating he was on a lead but his manner completely changed. They started shouting but stopped when he started so although I'd never want him being aggressive I was glad he was with me and I wasn't running alone.
     
  9. Jason25

    Jason25 PetForums Senior

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    A while back I was walking daisy around a blind corner and a drunk scruffy bloke appeared and she went mad. Really fired off at him lunging and snarling but was on a lead.

    I posted here asking why and someone said it could be because she missed the drunk scruffy person socialisation lol
     
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  10. StormyThai

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    Unless she is trained in protection then it won't be that...she was most likely spooked and her first reaction was fight.

    I would work on getting a solid recall and work on building her confidence... I would also muzzle train.
     
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