So this dog hates me.
This dog has gone from sweet adorable puppy to Cujo in a matter of days.
Josie's previous owner, had managed to teach her (or maybe she learnt from copying her mother) two basic commands, sit and come. These commands she will willingly obey for the Bearded Wonder and the boys, when I issue them she completely ignores me. Also I have noticed that she is much more aggressive with me, biting to hurt not innocent puppy nips. Not to mention that today while disciplining Mr3, she barked and growled at me before attempting to attack my ankle. It's like all of the sudden I'm at battle with a very small and adorable war hound.
But it's only with me. I was so concerned with this shift in behavior literally in a period of about 2 days that I called my vet, believe it or not (because at first I didn't) this may be a 'female' thing. Being that I am the only female in the immediate vacinity, we may be at odds for 'top bitch' at my vet so eloquently put it. He said that I should get her desexed perhaps a little prematurely about 6 months rather than the usual 8, when dogs reach sexual maturity, he also suggested that I be the one to feed, walk and take Josie to puppy preschool. This will teach her that I am her boss not the other way around. My vet suggested that the next time she bit me to hurt, that I put her on her side, pinning her in a manner that she wouldn't be able to bite me, it's supposedly a submission thing. So after dinner, while we were having our pre-bedtime play she turned on me once again. I did as I was instructed but it was horrible, she struggled,growled, whined and even drew my blood. Yes, she bit me so had my hand bled, who would have known 6 week old puppies could do such a thing? It took just over 8 minutes for her to finally submit.
To be completely honest, I am utterly devastated. This is not what I signed up for. I imagined glorious walks to drop my eldest off at school and a slobbery running partner in the evenings, with lovable snuggles in between. I didn't want a battle.
Don't get me wrong, I am willing to put in the work, I knew puppies were work. Toilet training, proper table manners, removing all chewable items. I did not expect there to be a battle for dominance, at least not this early on. My vet said I have done the right thing to address her aggression so early on, because it would have only progressed further as she got older and more sexually mature.
Right now she is asleep at my feet, another suggestion from my vet, put her bed below me. I am above her- metaphorically as well as literally.
I kind of want to cry, but the Bearded Wonder says not to show weakness.
My puppy dreams are dashed.