|Purred: Mon Jun 2, '08 3:05pm PST |
|Harvey was a brittany mix rescued from the ABR. He's a great big sweetie, except when he's not. He's fine with his mom, and me (big sister) for the most part, but has serious aggression issues. He's more than snapped and bitten when playing (somewhat understandable -- he gets too riled up), and has when startled, bitten or attempted to bite my brothers and father on multiple occasions. He's also gone after teenage boys while on the leash, bit my father's nurse, and actually broke through a screen door to chase someone down the street.
We're concerned, obviously. We love him, but we don't want him to hurt anyone else, so we're working on his behavior, taking precautions, and will be hiring a behaviorist.
I'm curious, though. Are these behaviors more typical of a rescue dog in general or an exaggeration of instinctual Brittany breed traits?
He's our first Brit, we've always had goldens before this so we're both happy to have such a fun and bouncy character and unsettled by the level of protectiveness.
Edited by author Mon Jun 2, '08 3:15pm PST