Since you cannot see her behavior in person. I will try my best to describe it well! I apologize if i dont!
The four dogs:
: 7 years, in the middle will bark and growl at other dogs, but will not actually hurt any other dog and does not care for other dogs in general.
: 2 years, dominant to other dogs, good with other dogs, resource guarder.
: 8 months, Very submissive to dogs and humans, loves other dogs and humans, only is reactive to people when jogging or running.
: 11 months, very dominant to other dogs and tests her limits often with other humans, high prey drive, does not know how to communicate with other dogs well. (This is the dog i am asking of her behavior)
(All were on leash)
So the GSD and the GSD/golden have been on walks other and will sometimes go at each others necks for fun. The GSD tends to want to be with the GSD/golden at all times.
The GSD, GSD/Golden and the aussie shepherd went on a walk together the other day. The GSD did sharp barks in the other dogs face, eventually I was able to get her to walk alone side without any other barking and they did a good walk together.
, we took all FOUR together. The GSD behavior was: When the aussie and the beagle were in the front, the GSD would pull suuuper hard and do a very high pitch bark the whole time no matter what i did, when the aussie and beagle were in the back, the GSD would keep checking in with them and bark in the their face. Also wanted to be sure that the GSD/Golden was in the front with her and that the aussie and beagle were in the back. Even yards away this both behaviors would happen.
I tried calming her down, i tried correcting her, i tried keeping her at a heal, i tried redirecting her. She was very worked up.
At first i thought she was trying to be dominant to everyone
, because of recent things that have been happening and to keep them in line?
However, near the end when everyone was "in place" to test out my theory, she stopped barking and walked perfectly on leash. Was she herding everyone in the place she thought they should be in?
Personally to me, both are rude things for her to do. And at that point, since i was unsure of what her behavior was, i tried my best to keep her from doing it and to keep her as calm as i could-while keeping myself centered so that i can reflect and figure out what i need to do next time for training. (She also wears a harness, perhaps she shouldn't anymore? Maybe this is making her more worked up some how?)
I really don't know a whole lot about this type of behavior, dominance or herding.
Which is a whole other thing..
When she is worked up and i ask her to sit, she wont. And so i reinforce it by simply putting my finger on her rump which will usually get her to sit, if not than i run my hand down her back and put slight pressure (its really nothing much). Lately, if i do this, she will put her mouth on me. She also will put her mouth on me if i put her in the "calm hug" that a trainer taught me to do when she gets worked up (basically its wher ei sit, she sits on me and i put one arm under her leg and the other arm around her head and i pet her. And it to me, feels different than a normal playful mouthiness, its different for sure.. Is this her testing me? Is this the warning mouthiness before a bite comes?
And if you have nothing nice to say, please don't say anything at all. I appreciate people who have helpful ideas, suggestions, thoughts as i have been getting lately and really appreciate it- i know im not a very good dog-mom, but thats why im trying to utilize things including this forums as there are some great people here with lots of experience with this breed. I want to be a good care taker. And I need help!
Please feel free to also private message me, any help is appreciated.