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Old May 16th 04, 06:32 PM
Perry Templeton
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My youngster mixed breed, mostly Rat with some Boston terrier (terrorist)
was spayed 2 weeks ago. At 5 months, one week of age. We pushed it up
inside the age 6 month mark because we are going on an extended vacation and
didn't want to delay. Our vet gave the ok, and did her surgery. Textbook
outcome, no complications, stitches out, healed up fine.
I know, I know, she's a terrier. But in the last couple of days, she has
been particularly aggressive. She and our other dog play constantly, and it
has always been good natured banter and bitey face, one or the other laying
on top of their playmate.. lots of tumbling, running and general
rough-housing. But in the last couple of days, the youngster "tone" has
changed. And especially since we threw new toys in the mix. The little
one, gets snitty, raises her upper lip in a ugly, aggressive expression and
doesn't back down. The playmate, a Boston, who is usually top dog, replies
with a "I'm really going to kick your ass in lightning speed" kind of tone.
I'm wondering if
A. the youngster has a surge of hormonal activity since her surgery. (kind
of the body adjusting and not getting it quite right yet)
B. Is she just trying to move up the rank?
C. or is it just some adolescent behavior, and just like any "kid" she's
pushing her luck every which way she can.

How much should I intervene?

Perry


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Old May 16th 04, 07:18 PM
Tee
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"Perry Templeton" wrote in message
.. .
My youngster mixed breed, mostly Rat with some Boston terrier (terrorist)
was spayed 2 weeks ago. At 5 months, one week of age. We pushed it up
inside the age 6 month mark because we are going on an extended vacation

and
didn't want to delay. Our vet gave the ok, and did her surgery. Textbook
outcome, no complications, stitches out, healed up fine.
I know, I know, she's a terrier. But in the last couple of days, she has
been particularly aggressive. She and our other dog play constantly, and

it
has always been good natured banter and bitey face, one or the other

laying
on top of their playmate.. lots of tumbling, running and general
rough-housing. But in the last couple of days, the youngster "tone" has
changed. And especially since we threw new toys in the mix. The little
one, gets snitty, raises her upper lip in a ugly, aggressive expression

and
doesn't back down. The playmate, a Boston, who is usually top dog,

replies
with a "I'm really going to kick your ass in lightning speed" kind of

tone.
I'm wondering if
A. the youngster has a surge of hormonal activity since her surgery.

(kind
of the body adjusting and not getting it quite right yet)
B. Is she just trying to move up the rank?
C. or is it just some adolescent behavior, and just like any "kid" she's
pushing her luck every which way she can.

How much should I intervene?


It may very well be all of the above. The age is right for challenging
behavior. The hormones are still leaving the body and, as a woman I think
most of us can relate to hormonal changes & their behavioral effects. I'd
let the Boston handle the youngster except for things that you feel are
general household rules that need to be reinforced. If she's trying to
adjust her position in the home then you'll have to let her work that out
with the other dog. Give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.

--
Tara


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Old May 16th 04, 07:18 PM
Tee
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"Perry Templeton" wrote in message
.. .
My youngster mixed breed, mostly Rat with some Boston terrier (terrorist)
was spayed 2 weeks ago. At 5 months, one week of age. We pushed it up
inside the age 6 month mark because we are going on an extended vacation

and
didn't want to delay. Our vet gave the ok, and did her surgery. Textbook
outcome, no complications, stitches out, healed up fine.
I know, I know, she's a terrier. But in the last couple of days, she has
been particularly aggressive. She and our other dog play constantly, and

it
has always been good natured banter and bitey face, one or the other

laying
on top of their playmate.. lots of tumbling, running and general
rough-housing. But in the last couple of days, the youngster "tone" has
changed. And especially since we threw new toys in the mix. The little
one, gets snitty, raises her upper lip in a ugly, aggressive expression

and
doesn't back down. The playmate, a Boston, who is usually top dog,

replies
with a "I'm really going to kick your ass in lightning speed" kind of

tone.
I'm wondering if
A. the youngster has a surge of hormonal activity since her surgery.

(kind
of the body adjusting and not getting it quite right yet)
B. Is she just trying to move up the rank?
C. or is it just some adolescent behavior, and just like any "kid" she's
pushing her luck every which way she can.

How much should I intervene?


It may very well be all of the above. The age is right for challenging
behavior. The hormones are still leaving the body and, as a woman I think
most of us can relate to hormonal changes & their behavioral effects. I'd
let the Boston handle the youngster except for things that you feel are
general household rules that need to be reinforced. If she's trying to
adjust her position in the home then you'll have to let her work that out
with the other dog. Give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.

--
Tara


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Old May 16th 04, 07:18 PM
Tee
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"Perry Templeton" wrote in message
.. .
My youngster mixed breed, mostly Rat with some Boston terrier (terrorist)
was spayed 2 weeks ago. At 5 months, one week of age. We pushed it up
inside the age 6 month mark because we are going on an extended vacation

and
didn't want to delay. Our vet gave the ok, and did her surgery. Textbook
outcome, no complications, stitches out, healed up fine.
I know, I know, she's a terrier. But in the last couple of days, she has
been particularly aggressive. She and our other dog play constantly, and

it
has always been good natured banter and bitey face, one or the other

laying
on top of their playmate.. lots of tumbling, running and general
rough-housing. But in the last couple of days, the youngster "tone" has
changed. And especially since we threw new toys in the mix. The little
one, gets snitty, raises her upper lip in a ugly, aggressive expression

and
doesn't back down. The playmate, a Boston, who is usually top dog,

replies
with a "I'm really going to kick your ass in lightning speed" kind of

tone.
I'm wondering if
A. the youngster has a surge of hormonal activity since her surgery.

(kind
of the body adjusting and not getting it quite right yet)
B. Is she just trying to move up the rank?
C. or is it just some adolescent behavior, and just like any "kid" she's
pushing her luck every which way she can.

How much should I intervene?


It may very well be all of the above. The age is right for challenging
behavior. The hormones are still leaving the body and, as a woman I think
most of us can relate to hormonal changes & their behavioral effects. I'd
let the Boston handle the youngster except for things that you feel are
general household rules that need to be reinforced. If she's trying to
adjust her position in the home then you'll have to let her work that out
with the other dog. Give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.

--
Tara


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Old May 16th 04, 07:47 PM
Sionnach
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"Tee" wrote:


The hormones are still leaving the body


To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



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Old May 16th 04, 07:47 PM
Sionnach
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"Tee" wrote:


The hormones are still leaving the body


To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



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Old May 16th 04, 07:47 PM
Sionnach
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"Tee" wrote:


The hormones are still leaving the body


To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



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Old May 16th 04, 10:07 PM
Julia Altshuler
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Sionnach wrote:

To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



I'd like more information on this. Where is the testosterone produced
in a spayed female's body? Could someone put this in lay terms for me?
I won't understand anything too technical.


--Lia

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Old May 16th 04, 10:07 PM
Julia Altshuler
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Sionnach wrote:

To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



I'd like more information on this. Where is the testosterone produced
in a spayed female's body? Could someone put this in lay terms for me?
I won't understand anything too technical.


--Lia

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Old May 16th 04, 10:07 PM
Julia Altshuler
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Sionnach wrote:

To be precise- at least according to what I've read- the *estrogen* level
is dropping, which means the proportional level of testosterone is rising.



I'd like more information on this. Where is the testosterone produced
in a spayed female's body? Could someone put this in lay terms for me?
I won't understand anything too technical.


--Lia

 




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