Here is the situation.....10 mos old sweet, demure little Fergie who has learned to love playing with other pups, and safe strangers, has suddenly(within the last 3 mos) gotten very aggressive when I apply her monthly heartworm/flea tick preventative. Aggressive to the point of trying to bite me. This is the same dog who tolerates my 7 year old wrapping her up in an Ariel blanket on a daily basis. She has also gone from willingly letting me clip her toenails, to now having them clipped at the vets because this also makes her ornery.
The vet has recommended that I seek the advice of a behaviorist, and I have an appt with one who owns shelties this coming Wed. Based on the information I gave the behaviorist on the phone, she feels like maybe I "over-socialized" Fergie, and the poor, shy girl is just tapped out. I am willing to do whatever it takes, but I'm curious if anyone else out there has experienced something similar. I want to be prepared with as many questions and possible reasons for the aggression as I can be for the appt.
Any input would be appreciated.
Also - just thinking...if any of you have a good memory, you will recall my blog regarding Fergie and a bad initial vet experience. The vet basically threw her into a submission hold when Fergie got snippy during a mouth exam. But that was what, 7 mos ago? We since have changed vets and Fergie has been fine during all exams and vaccinations. I am hoping that ordeal has not scarred her, but as said I want to be able to give as much info as possible.
thank you all