SO UPSET about this…(jodi) the Chevy issue

March 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm 2 comments

0151Our beloved boxers (Chevy and Ashley) are great companions.  I can’t imagine having them seperated.  BUT – they have begun (every once in a while) fighting.  Real fighting.  ALWAYS because Chevy (the male) gets jealous over Ashley getting attention from any of us.  Sometimes it’s been over food.  Mostly attention. 

I would LOVE to be able to correct this problem.  We’ve met with our dog trainer, and we are trying.  But I also feel that it’s too risky.  Taylor(7) and Phoebe (4) LOVE these dogs, which is why I’m so worried.  Taylor and Phoebe are ALWAYS right there with them.  We’ve been lucky so far.  But it only has to happen once.  Phoebe (who is not taller than Chevy) could have been right there in between them when this happened.  Dogs don’t care who’s in the way when they fight. 

It’s hard for me right now because I love him.  I feel like he belongs with us.  But he’s the problem.  He’s the one starting the fights.  And in the long run, Ashley is a better fit for this family. 

Murphy wants to keep trying to train him.  OH HOW I WISH I BELEIVED THIS WOULD WORK?!!?  My girls are upset too.  Especially Taylor. 

Will be trying harder – before a true decision is made.  Have a call with the lady we adopted him from tongiht.  Cross your fingers for us.  Loving this dog is one thing, being MOM is another.

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  • 1. neebie  |  March 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I listened to your story this morning about Chevy and could almost feel your loving emotions as you spoke of him. I have 2 “foo-foo” dogs of my own that started sharing the attentions of my boyfriends dog about a year and a half ago. They are small dogs, malti-poos,(females from the same litter), and Max is a male, Jack Russell/Terrior mix. All of them are loving and sweet with wonderful personalties but my 2 do have issues with Max getting attention or either Max getting too close when they are getting attention and they will snarl, growl and even snap at each other. They have never bitten me or my boyfriend during the process. So, I say do all you can to find out WHY Chevy is behaving like he is and have a good, professional dog trainer break him of it. I’m sure that Chevy loves your family as much as you do him and he would be heart broken if you gave him away. He would grieve the loss of your family and of Ashley too. Be diligent and patient. It may take a few months. There has to be a reason he has started behaving in such a manner. If the dog trainer can figure that out, then your halfway there! Your pets are your extended family. Give him a good chance to be re-trained.

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  • 2. blondeprincess  |  March 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Dear Jodi, Why aren’t you following Dick Russell’s advice to use the shock collar? You have an expert in dog training giving you valid advice but you aren’t taking it! Used properly it does not hurt the animal and is very effective.

    Please stop putting your human emotions and feelings onto your pet.

    I can see it now, once you rehome Chevy you’ll be complaining about how lonely Ashley is, so step up and follow the expert’s advice!

    At the very least you’ll be able to say you’ve tried everything. From one pet lover to another.

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