Newly Aggressive APBT
(Houston, TX, US)
Starla with our Shih Tzu, Molly
I am trying to help a young woman who has just adopted a very sweet, scared 6-month-old Pit/Akita female pup (Starla) I fostered to overcome her extreme fear.
The problem is the adopter has a 4-year-old female pit (Skye) that has, apparently, always been very sweet and non-aggressive. However, with the introduction of the Starla to the family, she has become aggressive to the point of having to keep them separated because she has attacked Starla twice now.
They have two young children who love Starla and she is very gentle with them. But they are now becoming afraid of dogs altogether. She just sent me a message that the Skye had attacked Starla to the point of her having a bloody nose.
The first time, their 3-year-old son was watching cartoons with Starla asleep on the couch beside him. He reached over to pet her and Skye charged across the room snarling and baring teeth, and Starla ran and hid.
She doesn't know what to do about the situation now, and at this point, neither do I.
Can you offer any suggestions?