Feb 14, 2010, 2:32 AM
Hmmm, concerning acute separation anxiety, if you are only leaving him for 24-48 hrs I guess it would work, but once the sedative wears off you're probably back to square 1.
Re: [Knotidoc] There are NO BAD DOGS.....its 100% the owners fault, right?
Any particular breed prone to this?
About the bad dogs ... I agree some dogs due to bad breeding or just bad temper may be considered a 'bad' dog.
I personally used to own one who was really really possessive, and would snap/growl at us when we tried to move her out from under her chair/take her bone/toy away. Being gentle or smacking her didnt really work. In the end we just made sure she never had access to any trash or leftovers. Sometimes she would even go to the kitchen counter and guard it when her food is cooling there ... :/ But she would move away from that when we spoke firmly to her and didnt shove her away, just reached over her.
She was my one and only crackpot dog! Cant say she became like that because of the way we trained her, since we trained all our dogs the same. All of them are pretty easy going except her.
She had 10 pups (escape artist!), we kept track of 5. 2 males (all black, double coat, VERY beautiful, looked like Muffin) were very aggressive and 1 destroyed things when pissed, 1 female (black pup, named Bugs, looked like muffin as a small pup, but is now brown instead of silver) had a slight tendency to possessiveness, but calmed down as she got older. Have no probs handling her food/hauling her around, 1 male (black n white) big friendly dumbass, and 1 female (brown, short coat, looked like dad), also has tendencies to guard/bite and kill anything that walks into her garden including biawak, snakes and cats.
Based on my observation of Muffin n her pups, I'd say genetics do play a role in temperament. Breeding the wrong dog can result in pups which are difficult to control. BUT also given time and love and workarounds, you can live with them, as long as you dont have small kids running around. Muffin got calmer as she got older, until she got poisoned at 8 yrs old :(
The last 3 pups I mentioned are still going strong in the loving homes of me, my aunt, and sis's husband. :)