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Who is this dog, and what did she do with my Molly??

Well, after 1 month of having my sweet, quiet, mellow Molly, someone secretly snuck into my house in the middle of the night and replaced her with this new doggie! They look exactly the same, but boy are they different!!

My parents were over the other night for my daughter's birthday, and my father was playing with my son. He started making barking noises, and Miss Molly started going nuts!! Barking at him and jumping all around him like he was another dog! Now, I don't know if I've ever said this, but Molly never barks! Not at the doorbell, not at the dog next door, not at anything (I loved it!) My mother was laughing saying that I was gonna kill him if she becomes a barker now!

WELL! Fast forward a few days, and she's now barking at the back door whenever she sees the neighbor's dog out, then she goes racing to the fence and barks her head off at her. I'm waiting to see what she does with the doorbell. I'm kind of wondering if she needs a playdate.

She's also RLH-ing a lot more (which I love!). I thought I was going to miss out on having a funny little Hav, but she's definitely coming out of her shell!

On a more serious note though, one of my husband's employees was here yesterday working, and she went for his ankles! She also went for my husband last night--I don't know if she was playing or not. She never seemed fond of men, but now she's getting a little aggressive. What do I do about that one??

Also, what does the digging mean? She digs on my bed, and she kept doing it in her crate last night. Is it just a nesting thing?

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Susan, I think you have just described my Jackson to a T! He has always been super rambunctious and has now turned into a barker/nipper/digger!

We are thinking about getting a bark collar (the one that sprays citronella - the groomer recommended). Now that it's nice outside and everyone is working in their yard, Jackson has gone crazy barking.

He also likes to nip ankles, especially when we are playing . . . I think it is partially the "herding instinct" when I am running or kicking a ball with him. I read that they are great herders, especially with chickens LOL. I stop when he does that and make sure he knows that is a big NO. He also digs in his crate and even on his favorite spot where he sleeps on the tile . . . I do think it is the nesting . . . my lab digs a place outside before lying down.

I think your Molly is very normal sounding . . . just growing up! I'll let you know how the collar works.

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So good to know Molly is just being a dog. Shelby goes for the ankles too.


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YUP, I recognize all of those behaviours.....Marley did the ankle biting as a sign of wanting to play, but we discouraged that one with a stern "NO" since it didn't feel that great, even if done in play (and I am assuming it's not a full on trying to bite, bite but rather a nipping at the ankles)

Sounds like she is coming out of her shell and really feeling at home now!!

The digging still cracks me up, like is he trying to dig to China or something????
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On a more serious note though, one of my husband's employees was here yesterday working, and she went for his ankles! She also went for my husband last night--I don't know if she was playing or not. She never seemed fond of men, but now she's getting a little aggressive. What do I do about that one??

Susan and the "new" Molly!
Hi Susan. Aggression is something I'd get on top of quickly. The first thing I'd do is take Molly to the vet and talk to him about it and see if something is going on.

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Susan,

Both my boys dig. It cracks me up. It is almost as if they're preparing their nest. Thank goodness it doesn't extend to the lawn. Cagney, when she was little used to dig all around the backyard. It looked like an 18 hold golf course.

I wish I could help you with the nipping at the ankles, but mine never did that (yet). There's no doubt she's feeling more at home and free to be a little hav girl.

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Sounds like she's finally decided this is "home" and she's got to protect her area. I would immediately discourage the nipping - that can become a lifelong habit. One command to teach might be "sit to visit". And before she's allowed to play with anyone (dog or human) she's got to sit first.

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I would not let her nip at all. When she does this,I would recommend a firm no,and flipping her over on her back in a submissive posture. You need to be the boss.....and not allow this behavior or it'll get worse.

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Oh wow. You just described both my dogs! The nipping is annoying and as I currently live with my parents again, no one trains anything around here. Just tell her to stop. I ignore them and leave when they start being nippy. The aggression thing is not good, you might need someone to help you with some behavior training for that and to identify if it really is agression.

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Yeah, I would nip this in the bud right away too. If it isn't to you, I would try and put her on a long line with the people she is likely to do it to and correct.

Sounds like someone is trying to find her place in the pack though- congrats on that part!

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