Following up on Bing’s question in last week’s comments sections, the Scottie News wants to know about your Scottie’s behaviour. Is he or she aggressive and, if so, under what circumstances?
I’ll start. Bridget is now 20 months and has never been passive. Even as a four-month-old she would snap back at dogs that were bothering her, although she would never initiate aggressive behaviour. That is until just after she turned one.
First, she started being possessive of toys that she stole from other dogs at the park, growling and going after any dog who tried to take them back. Then she started picking on puppies, including a Rottweiler who now towers over her. And in another recent act of sheer stupidity, she was walking along the sidewalk on her leash when we encountered another leashed dog, who appeared to be part pit bull, and she lunged at his neck, teeth bared.
When a bigger dog becomes aggressive with her on occasion, she will back off very fast.
Update: In the comments, KK makes a good point about distinguishing between aggressive and dominant.