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Old 05-29-2008, 09:12 PM
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Default Scared that Ruckus is becoming aggressive

Ruckus has always barked and raised nine kinds of hell when ever someone walks into the house. It doesnt have to be a stranger, just if its not me or my fiance he flips out. Well.... a friend was over at the house. He completely ignores Ruckus because usually if he does Ruckus will jump on the couch with him and want some attention. Ruckus was being buddies with him, but he decided to change his mind!

I went into the back room (its where the dogs play and rough house mostly) to get something so my friend followed me. Ruckus jump off the couch and walked up to my friend. Ruckus walked slowly right behind him and was about an inch away from his leg and he starts growling, barking, and really throwing a fit. If i didnt notice how close Ruckus was getting to his leg and interrupted him I think he would had bitten Tommy (friend)

I am scared now. Ruckus has always been reactive but never like this! And a time before he acted like he was about to snap at my mom, but mom always try to pet him and she knows to leave him alone and let him approach her not the other way around!

I am getting so fed up with this poor dogs issues. I wish i knew what to do.
We have been through obedience school, we do agility, I have many training books, but i am still clueless what i should do! We have even been to a behaviorist once who recommend to put him on prozac (and i did)
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:18 PM
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He's on "prozac" now???
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:20 PM
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yes, he has been for a while now.

12 weeks i think.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:28 PM
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do you have any plan of action to get him off of the prozac, or is this supposed to be a permanent fix?
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:31 PM
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No, I have not been back to the behaviorist yet, because the prozac needs to "kick in"
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how long should that take?? Did you get a vet's opinion?
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:42 PM
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The vet said about 8 weeks. but i have not seen much improvement.
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Sounds like time for another call to the behaviorist.

(Sorry I'm not being much help)
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:14 AM
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And what is your training plan in conjunction with the Prozac? I would be in contact with your behaviorist and let them know what is going on. I would be proactive in a big way about this one, even if it's just management for the time being, because if he bites somebody, everything changes.
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I agree with elegy. You don't seem to be doing much to manage the situation. If he gets so worked up why aren't you crating him when people come over? You need to do what's best for Ruckus, and letting him get worked up over everything is not helping. You need to manage your lives to give him the least amount of stress possible.

Prozac will not turn him into wonder dog over night. It will still take hours and hours of work from you.
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