Circling and Air Snapping on 1 Dog Exclusively
For those of you that haven't stumbled upon my various threads of late, I added a working GSD to my family a few weeks ago. Our honeymoon period is over and she is in FULL FORCE! She has insane drive. Fighting is over, so now it's down to brass tacks.
Juno has abandoned any pretense about ball drive. She does not subscribe to the ball anymore. Now when we go outside and play ball in the yard, she has 100% unwavering focus on one of my other dogs. She locks onto this bitch and does not stop marking her every move. She's herding, and doing it well. When Lexi (the target bitch) stands still she circles her tight, 'air snapping' at her back legs and chin to try to get her to move. Lexi doesn't acknowledge her unless she gets in the way of her retrieving the ball, at which point she extends a courtesy "GTFO" snap and returns to play. She's taking it very well.
I'm worried Juno will turn this 'fun' into obsessive behavior. The air snapping was not happening when she first came home, and there has been a marked increase in that action since she's been here. She'll air snap to get somebody to drop a toy (doesn't work), when she wants petting (doesn't work), or when she's trying to initiate play with another dog (sometimes works). I'm not a fan of it. She did it to the cat once and caught his tail, which resulted in a whole lot of hissing and yelling.
How do I correct the marking/herding behavior outside? When she's on a drag line everybody gets so tangled that it doesn't make any sense to leave it on. Is this a situation for an e-collar? She WILL NOT redirect with anything (toy, treat, squeaky, whistle, clap, stomp, yell). On one hand I'm pleased that she has proven that she does at least possess the ABILITY to focus, now we just have to control WHAT she focuses on, lol!
How do I correct the air-snapping, or is that just something that we'll learn to love? It's cute, but she occasionally catches things in her snap (like my arm skin, or a dog, or the cat's tail) and makes trouble.