One of Lacey's nicknames is Savage. Hard to believe with a cute face like this eh?
I think she got it while she was still coming to daycare. When she was about a year old (?) she started to guard me from dogs that jumped or even just came over for a scratch. It was cute (in a not so funny way) to watch this little pip squeak lip curl and snarl at other dogs. Hence the nickname Lacey Savage. It didn't take long before she was too busy protecting to play and frankly wasn't welcome anymore.
Since then we've been going to the dog park almost every day. The dog park we go to is never very busy but we usually run into a dog or two and Lacey was always the one who would want to play.
This past month, that has changed. She has started to get snarky with other dogs. It is at the point where I can't trust her around them. She even snarked at my sister's dog Micah the other day and Micah LIVED with us for months just this past winter. They used to play together on every walk and they had spent the previous four days before this recent incident happily co-existing.
I'm not sure what to think or do. I don't think it is a physical problem manifesting as a behavioural one. She never acts out at home, she isn't short tempered even when Jack is biting her head, she eats well, she poops well and she is her same old self... except when meeting dogs.
At the moment, I'm going to the dog park when it won't be crowded and I can easily avoid running into people, and on weekends, we are sticking to the unofficial dog run near our house where everyone leashes their dogs when you see other people.
But just to cover my bases, I've made a vet appointment for her later today to rule out anything physical and I guess we'll go from there. Maybe she is just a bitch but I want to make sure something isn't making her act out.
Another nickname of hers is Swamp Thing. I can't for the life of me remember how she ended up with that one! ;)