Sabo acts like kujo!
Sabo is a great dog--Let me start out by saying that! Very well behaved, his obedience is great, listening is great...however, he has an issue with other dogs. I realize that it's fear. I work my hiney off with distraction with treats around other dogs. "Sit, Stay" when they are coming by us, and treats when he's not reactive as they are passing and a fun release when they have passed. Sometimes he does great, other times people look at me like I have a destructive beast on my hands.
I know one solution is to get him around other dogs, however, we know NO ONE who has other dogs! The neighbors have dogs, but their dogs are awful! (one even bit my daughter)...so I do not want him around them. We have tried group class, but he was barking like a mad man around them, and with another reactive dog, they would go nutso! After 10-15 min he would calm down, but it would be the same thing over and over at the begining of class. *sigh*
What can I do? I do NOT want to risk it at the dog park. We went a week or so ago and another GSD/husky came in. The owner said the dog was ok with puppies and wouldn't mind...so ok, there Sabo went...and amazingly he was doing well with the puppy bark and bow and trying to play. I noticed the other dog would turn and hit him with his butt, tail was NOT wagging and the dog was trying to turn from Sabo---the owner was saying "Oh, he's ok!"...and I said "NOPE! He's not! My dog is annoying the heck out of him!"...so I grabbed Sabo and booked it before that dog taught him a not-so-nice lesson!
What else can I do? Does Sabo need to be playing with other dogs to see that they are ok? At the group class (Which I've stopped going to because of work and not completely agreeing with the philosophy) they would either (1) tell you to spray bitter apple in the dogs mouth for barking or (2) tell you to grab them by the harness, yell NO and force them into a sit, once they were quiet, praise for quiet....was #2 wrong?? Seemed rather heavy to me. I'm so confused!!!!