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Old 11-19-2012, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
wolf1728
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Default I own a reactive German Shepherd - what do I do?

Hi,

I was told by a friend of a friend that someone was giving away a German Shepherd because of an upcoming move. I did not know this person at all but I nonetheless "adopted" my 2 year old German Shepherd. From what I understand, this person just kept him in one room (during the day) and just left him in the yard at night, which I believe led to his becoming a reactive dog.

If he sees any dog, he'll bark as loud as possible and for as long as he sees the dog. Do I want to keep the dog? Of course!!!
So, I'd like some advice as to what to do.

In the 5 months that I have owned him, his behavior has improved somewhat. I even sent him to a trainer for a full week. I formerly used a gentle leader collar for him but the trainer advised using a prong collar. In spite of the 5 months I have spent, his barking is still uncontrollable. Any advice is welcome.
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