Hello everyone! I was looking into a matter concerning my lovely german shepherd and found your forum, so i decided to register and take my inquiry to you all
I hope this isnt out of place. Anywho
Ive had my german shepherd Jenova to close to four years now. She was born with an enlarged esophagus, and therefore a pain to deal with. Her breeder didnt want to give her the attention she needed, so they passed her off to a good friend of mine and his family. This friend's mother has been dealing with dogs her entire life, and trained Jenova to the best of her ability. Things between her previous became tense, as she was rather unruly as a pup, so they decided to pass her on to me and my family, as we had just lost our husky to old age. Things were rough at first to say the least. We did everything we thought was right, and the bad behavior eventually stopped.
Fast forward to 8 or so months ago. We were anticipating the passing of our beagle, who's teetering on 14 at this point, so we got another puppy. This time we got a pitbull. The pitbull's progress is still shaky, but that is not the purpose of this thread. Our pitbull thinks he's in charge. End of story. All of the treats are his. All of the toys are his. All of the attention is his. We are trying to deal with this, but i fear our poor shepherd is being left by the wayside. Anytime we do anything with the pit, shes on top of us and vice versa. But she doesnt do anything! When we play with him, she walks up, and flops on the floor in front of us. Ive tried playing with the both of them, but she just won't do it. I try throwing the tennis ball for them, because she usually loves to play catch, but with him around, she just wont do it. She'll run a few feet with the ball, and then drop it, never touching it again. She also wont eat with the other dogs present, nor will she accept treats. I know she likes them, because ive given them to her when the other dogs arent around.
I fear in trying to correct Jenova's erratic behavior as a pup, we've made her into a submissive dog. I understand that she's supposed to submit to me and the rest of the people in the family, but i dont want her to be that way with the other dogs. I want her to stand up for herself and show my pit whos in charge. I think we left it unnoticed for so long because we assumed it was just good behavior. She's terrified of me. When she knows shes done something wrong, she finds a corner and wont come out, no matter what. Sometimes she even pees on the floor. I feel so bad for her because shes my baby, my little angel, and im afraid that ive messed her up for life. Can anyone help me?
Im sorry for such a long post, i was trying to be as thorough to the situation as possible.