Can you recommend a behaviourist that covers Chichester area of West Sussex? A friend of mine has just taken on a six-year-old collie cross bitch, who behaved very well with other dogs for the three months she was in kennels, including being in the rescue ambulance with other dogs when taken to the vets.
They have had her 10 days and are very pleased with her, except that she has started to lunge and growl at other dogs, including mine. I popped in to meet her few days ago and she greeted me nicely, very friendly, but when I opened the tailgate my little elderly Lhasa Apso who is great with all dogs, took one step towards the bumper and she was trying to jump in snarling at him, and Holly.
We moved the car out into the lane and let her calm down and I quietly walked Holly on a lead, on the other side, whilst my friend had Gypsy sit and give her treats. It was going quite well, when a local lady appeared with her three very well behaved Labradors, all on leads, when she did exactly the same thing to them. None of the dogs reacted to her.
We really don't want to see her go back into kennels, especially now that we will have to tell them about this, it will mean she will almost certainly never find a home, as although she seems very sweet with people, she is just a black crossbreed, that most people will not find particularly pretty.
Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Lynn, by email