I agree with you,I'm not sure what MC meant when she said that Kira has bite without provocation, if she meant for redirected aggression then yes. Other than that we had a resource guarding issue with neighbour kid but she didn't bite and as I said when we are out on our walk she either ignores people or sniffs them and looks for food. She never bit anyone and she is around a lot of strangers often. With kids it's the different story, she usually tries to run away, but yes she was reactive a couple of times. In all situations kids were around 6-9 years old (my evaluation). And when looking at pics from her breeder he has a son about that age. Since she came to us terrified of absolutely everything she could have bad experience there, I'm not saying that kid hurt her or something, but since she was there for 4 months I'd definitely expect her not to be that scared of children.
This is what I'm referring to:
So today happened something quite unusual for my 8 month old dober girl,so she's pretty social and well socialized although she was scared to death of dogs and people before but we mananged to socialize her and now she's one happy girl who just loves to play and interact with other dogs,only times she shows "aggression" is when she's guarding a toy or something and that's nothing alarming,so to go back to the point,today we met a small puppy which wanted to play with my girl,it started jumping around and on my girl and in one moment my girl growled and snaped at little boy,I pulled her and nothing serious happened but it scared me,all other dogs we met later she was fine with,giving kisses and play bows,I don't know did she got scared or considered it as a treat because she is usually the one who starts running away if someone growls no matter how small the dog,sorry for such a long post but I don't know if I should get worried or not.
I have a 13 month old female dobe named Kira who is pretty fearful,I suspect she completely missed critical socialization period.We got her when she was 3.5 months old and she was afraid of everything,she attacked dogs out of fear,we managed to get her used to everyday life,she goes everywhere with us and gets plenty of socialization everyday,she adores dogs now (puppies not so much,but we're working on it).Her biggest problem are people,she absolutely loves everyone in our family,but is shy of strangers,it is fine if they don't pay attention to her.Today we were waiting for an elevator and there was a mother with a little girl.Kira wanted to sniff them and I asked if that is fine and she said yes,everything was fine until the little girl tried to pet Kira,first time she went straight over her head and Kira backed down as much as she could,I then said she is afraid,but little girl didn't care much she kept invading Kira's personal space so Kira snapped the air,
she could easily bite if she wanted,but she fortunately didn't.I think Kira's reaction is bad and shouldn't be tolerated,but again she was afraid and couldn't escape.We have an appointment with the only certified behaviourist in my country,but in the meantime I want to hear your opinions.I'd hate if she couldn't go to the city and malls with me
I haven't posted in a while,but today I had an incident on our daily walk which I would like to discuss here.Kira is now 17 months old,since my last thread I contacted behaviourist,she gave us some great tips and what to look out for.Up until today I was so proud of Kira,she became better with people (adults),she will even approach them on her own and interact,at home and with everyone she knows is great,loving and affectionate,dream dog really.I started doing more obedience with her,she also gets plenty of exercise.To get to the point,today when we walked home from our walk a group of kids walked on the same sideway.They were usual kids,laughing and being "goofy",Kira minded her own business and just as we were passing next to them she lunged and acted pretty aggressive.Although I'm more keen believing it is fear rather than aggression.Luckily she was on a short leash so I managed to pull her as fast I could.The moment kids passed she acted normal towards adults.Usually she couldn't care less about people passing next to us whether they walk,run,bike or whatever.She came to us fearful and unsocialized.I made sure to expose her to everything as much as I could but I guess I couldn't make up for the lack of early socialization.She is usually fearful around kids and some people if she met them for the first time,but she rather runs away than acts aggressive.I tend to keep things under her threshold and remove her from the situation if it is stressful for her,but today she was fine until it quickly escalated.I will contact my behaviourist again,but as holidays are here it will have to wait for a while.
Bold mine. Now, please...THIS is why I am telling you to take your dog's behavior seriously. Again, I do NOT think you are seeing her issues as clearly as you need to. She is just hitting maturity. Her behavior is only likely to escalate. I have not quoted the posts you've made about her aggression toward other dogs, but I could.
Please, PLEASE do not continue to minimize these issues. I AM NOT BLAMING YOU FOR THEM, I AM MERELY SAYING YOU NEED TO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY. She clearly came to you with temperament deficiencies - it is clear from your very first post. However, continuing to put her in situations where she is a risk to people is dangerous.