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Hello,

I am part of a guardian home program with my pomsky, where in exchange for the dog, she is part of a breeding program and is required to go back to the breeder up to 4 times to have puppies. She was born in May 2020 and we have had her since July (which makes about a year and three months old as of now). She has always been very calm and happy with us. She is never aggressive towards anyone and we THOUGHT she was well socialized. She is taken on walks and goes travelling with us and has never displayed any type of aggressive behavior with anyone. However, when we took her back to the breeder to be bred in July, she became very scared and aggressive with her and would not allow anyone to touch her. She was there for about a week and was just starting to warm up when we picked her up. Fast forward to now, she went back to whelp her puppies and is going to stay or 8 weeks. Again, she is displaying aggressive behavior towards them and is extremely stressed. It is obviously fear aggression but I never had any warning signs to think that she would react this way. I'm really concerned that we are doing something wrong with her and the breeder is obviously very concerned at this point and I'm not sure what to do. The only thing I can think is to try and get her some one on one training for aggression but it's hard to correct behavior that I don't see.

Does anyone have any experiences with anything like this? I know it is kind of a unique situation. The only thing I can think of that would be close would be a dog who is only aggressive when in a boarding kennel. We have never left her by herself without us besides the scenarios described above but she is frequently exposed to new people on walks, etc, and is always happy and excited to see people.

Please help.

TIA
 

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So she's only 14-15 months old and they're breeding her? In her shoes - pawprints - I'd be unhappy too. Any chance you can convince the breeder to let you buy the rest of the breeding obligation out since by her behavior with them her temperament is faulty? (Not that it is, just thinking that might be a reason you could use.) I've got to tell you between breeding pomskys, starting that young, and requiring you to commit to that many breedings, this isn't a good breeder at any level. Squirm out of it any way you can.

P.S. Get physical possession of your dog back before you start to negotiate.
 

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Oh gosh, she's just a baby herself. She shouldn't be bred this young (think of a12 year old human having a baby, and you'd have a rough equivalent), and four litters is a lot. I agree that once you have the dog back in your possession, start negotiating with the breeder to purchase her outright.
 
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If the dog has fear aggression she should not be bred as that temperament is genetically based. I also agree that she was bred pretty young.

She is also a mixed breed dog to begin with so really should not be bred but that is a whole 'nother basket of worms.
 
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