Originally Posted by Sarah Wolfie
We have just added a new addition to our family, he is a 2 an a half year old, male German Shepherd. We got him from a kennels as his previous mum and dad split up and couldn't look after him anymore.
We have had him a week and he's great at home, apart from a few separation issues, and begging but this is something we are dealing with. What I would like your help with is his issues when we are out for walk. He's not great on the lead generally as he pulls, but I have bought a 'stop pulling' harness and it seems to he helping. The thing I can't seem to stop is the barking and lunging at other dogs while on the lead. I didn't think it was aggressive but today a lab was being very nosey and our boy ended up showing his teeth and trying to bite him. Its was such a shock as he is so soft and lovely around people. As of yet we haven't tried him off the lead as I'm very nervous.
Can anyone relate to by problem of suggest anything.
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I can say that not all dogs who show teeth will bite. I have two dogs who show teeth regularly to dogs, as a warning. One of which is fearful of other dogs and tries to act tough then runs away. The other is elderly and doesnt like to be bothered by energetic dogs. It will depend on your dog where he goes from that. I would recommend walking side by side with trust worthy dogs to get him used to the idea of them. Once he's used to the new dog, get them together and play play play. You can also do obedience with him and work on that when he's acting out on his walk. Find what compells him and use it as a distraction (treats maybe certain toys) And remember, never praise or comfort him for unwanted behavior. If you're still uncomfortable in anyway, get a trainer. I also recommend prong collars if your lead isn't giving you as much as you'd like out of it. Good luck.