A Bad Day Earthdoging...

We got up early this morning and drove to Iowa for the Central Iowa Dachshund Club's fall trial.  To make a long story short, Moe got disqualified...for fighting.  It was almost the same thing that happened in California (except this time the other dog was completely innocent).  Moe had his head inside the false den, the other dog tried to squeeze in beside him, and Moe turned and snapped and snarled.  It got broken up quickly, but as it was definitely more than just a "hey back off". 

I spent most of the drive home psychoanalyzing.  I wouldn't call Moe an aggressive dog.  He's great with people--even kiddos--but even I have to admit he's developing a real problem with other dogs.  He doesn't seek fights, but if he's already excited (doing earthdog, playing fetch) and another dog goes after something he wants, watch out! 

He hasn't always been this way though--when we did his early obedience classes he did well with other dogs--which really has me trying to think about when exactly it started.  Was it because of what happened at the last trial?  Bad habits learned at doggie daycare?  Bad habits learned from squabbling over toys with Porter?  Just him growing up and into a more dominant dog?  All of the above?

But in the end, I guess it doesn't really matter.  Regardless of the cause of the problem, we have some serious socialization and obedience work to do before Mr. Moe gets to play at earthdog again.