I have read a LOT of dog (and more specifically pittie) blogs since adopting Maggie in September 2012. So, I know that it's perfectly normal for dogs, especially those who are still learning their manners and who are in "delicate" stages of reaching adulthood, to sometimes cause trouble or have a rough patch.
Welllll...we're there. Mr. Nigel was temporarily suspended from daycare about three weeks ago. He was chillin' with the other dogs, towards the end of the day, and a dog bumped into him and he went and started a fight. Thank GOODNESS that he was the only one who had a nick in his ear and one other dog got scratched but jeez, I almost had a heart attack when the husband called to tell me.
Sigh. They told us that he had been getting a little "cocky" at daycare. He was sort of bullying other dogs and him and Maggie were being rotated into the playroom throughout the day because they were kind of ganging up on other playmates (my babies??!?! I couldn't believe it). Our trainer at daycare is awesome and he called my husband and basically said that it was only temporary, hopefully, and that once we brought Nigel back in for a lesson with Maggie and talked about what may be causing his weird aggression, he could be temperament tested again and come back to daycare.
I had so many emotions that day. I was so happy that he didn't hurt any of the other dogs (him and Maggie have had a few scuffles and he's a strong dude). I was so mad because I felt like we could be doing more to make sure that this hadn't happened (obviously not rational to think that I could have totally helped avoid it). I was upset to think that maybe we were bad doggie parents or that Nigel was getting some kind of aggressive attitudes as he began to reach maturity.
The next step is to take him in for a lesson on Saturday and figure out what we can do to teach him that that behavior is totally unacceptable. Then, we just have to go from there. Hopefully we can find a way to show him what's right and what's wrong and be able to give him the experience of hanging with dogs. And if not, we'll continue to love him to pieces and teach him what's right in every other part of his life.
Anyone else experienced anything similar? What did you do after an event like this??