Location: Glasgow, UK
Joined: Jan 2008
Originally Posted by Tassle
Also checking that she is not displaying signs of a phantom pregnancy?
Why do you ask this? Is aggression something that can occur with a phantom pregnancy?
A friend of mine has a Beagle that developed aggressive tendencies at a similar age. In her case it started at the same time as a phantom pregnancy. She started attacking puppies for some reason. Yet when another friends dog had two pups she mothered them - so only older puppies seemed to get attacked.
We all used to meet up together in the park and the dogs all got along brilliantly. But this little dog started pinning down young dogs for no reason. They'd be minding their own business and she'd run up and attack them. She'd draw blood occasionally and one dog actually needed stitches. Although mostly she'd just pin them down and growl.
She really seemed to like my dog who was probably 10 months old or so at the time. Yet she'd still attack her out of the blue for no apparent reason.
She went to a behaviorist that blamed it on other factors (She claimed that the dog had been allowed to spend too much time playing with other dogs - doggy daycare, play dates etc.). But it always seemed strange to me that the problem should occur out of the blue at exactly the time the phantom pregnancy started. The little dog virtually doubled in weight overnight and was definitely severely affected. I think this dog had had two seasons and had phantom pregnancies after each. The second was more severe than the first.