Hello, all! I am new to these boards and a first-time dog owner (but I've been reading threads without posting so I can learn from all of you)
My GSD (female, spayed) is about a year and a half. We got her two months ago from a friend's friend's coworker's sister's uncle etc. who heard we were looking for a dog. She's been perfect in every way... except one.
Addie is really, REALLY interested in other dogs. It can be a problem because she loves to sniff and sniff and sniff even when the other dogs are no longer interested in her. But she's very friendly and playful off leash (seems like appropriate playing, doesn't bully other dogs) or when she's on a loose leash and being allowed to greet and play.
But when we're out on a walk and come across another dog, it's like night and day. She turns into a barking, lunging nightmare. She's very loud and won't stop until we finally drag her back into the house. Even when the other dog is out of sight she will continue to whine.
Everyone in the neighborhood crosses the street when they see us coming! I feel terribly because she's not really DA (or at least I don't think so), but she definitely seems that way to everyone else.
How can I get the neighbors to stop hating us and stop my arms from being torn out of their sockets?
Thank you to all!