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Aggression

We took a bit of a break from the blog the past week and a half.  Our computer time was limited after a long trip back to Chicago from Virginia, 5 days in Southern Illinois, and a lot of reorganizing at the apartment.

Of course that blogging break did not mean that Link and Eve stopped getting bigger and more mischievous.  In fact, they’ve gotten a bit too confident with all of their cross-country travels.

Eve in particular has gotten us a bit worried.  She’s obviously a big puppy who will grow into an even bigger adult dog.  Her size plus the fact that she is pure black (even her eyes are like midnight) makes her a scary looking beast to many creatures–including others dogs and small children.  Lately Eve has been getting a bit aggressive with those others.  While in Southern Illinois, she barked a little too much and played a little too hard for the 2 and 3 year olds who were meandering about.  And she has gotten noticeably more agitated at other dogs, particularly ones smaller than her.  During a puppy play date last night with Indy (an adorable duck-tolling retriever pup), she had to be restrained nearly the entire time.

These developments have obviously gotten us concerned.  Many  possible explanations exist, so it is way too early to make any broad assumptions about her being a naturally aggressive dog.   Link is still as easy-going as ever…willing to roll over on his belly for just about anything that moves.  So it may be simply a breed difference, with Eve coming across as particularly aggressive only when compared to Link.

She still is getting readjusted to the Chicago apartment after more than a month away.  Also, she underwent the most traumatic experience of her life earlier this week–she was spayed (more on that in a later blog post).  And in the end she is sill less than 5 months old, so she still has many different puppy cycles to go through.  We shall see how she develops these next few weeks.

Regardless, she remains the best cuddle-buddy in the entire apartment.

-Paul

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