Berkeley

I have a serious issue that I believe could be dangerous. How do I fix this?

I just adopted a five year old Weimaraner named Kai from a woman who no longer had time for her four days ago. She was very sweet to my three year older daughter and I after about five minutes of being shy. I also have a ten week old puppy and a six year old neutered male, both golden retrievers. Kai is also spayed. She and my six year old golden growled at each other a lot at first and still do occasionally. They are always supervised and I am easily able to correct this with a firm "No" and sometimes a nudge if needed.

Beau has never been allowed on the furniture, and neither was Kai at her previous home, but when she decided to get on the couch I allowed it because I liked the cuddles. I allowed Beau to join us. Two days later, Kai took my spot on the couch and when I asked her to move she growled and showed her teeth. I stopped allowing her on the couch after that but have had her growl and snap at me for other things and almost bite me when she wanted my food. Please help.


Asked by Berkeley on Apr 28th 2016 Tagged aggressive, weimaraner, alpha, dangerous, adopted in Aggression
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Kali earned her wings 10/21/14

Sounds to me like the woman either lied to you about why she re-homed her or she's testing her boundaries. I would contact a good trainer/behaviorist that is experienced with aggression. The fact that you have a 3 year old daughter and a puppy is a problem if any of her behaviors worsen. I would NOT let her near your daughter or the puppy until you get her behavior under control. It could be the boundary thing/adjustment period, but I don't think having your daughter or the puppy getting hurt is worth guessing. Also, keep in mind, Weimaraners are working/hunting dogs. Generally, working dogs are not content being just couch potatoes/house pets. Maybe long walks and games of fetch might help diffuse some of her energy that she's using to push you guys around. At least it might help until you find a good behaviorist. Good Luck! Please keep us posted in the behavior forum on this site.


Kali earned her wings 10/21/14 answered on 4/29/16. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer