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post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by enh811 View Post
Hello everyone,

I have a 4 month old german shepherd. I also have a 9 year old black/lab blue healer mut. Our older dog is packed full of energy & really loves playing with our little one. The issues we are having is with our little one. She is obsessed with jumping up & biting/snipping at our bigger dog then does her "big girl" bark. I'm pretty sure it's one of her "playful" barks, & she doesn't do it ALL the time. It's usually just after we let them out of their crates. She also will bark and jump forward at other dogs at the pet stores, now it's NOT EVERY dog at the pet store. She really isn't an aggressive puppy. She loves kids & dogs & loves giving kisses. Part of me thinks she might grow out of this & she is just wanting to play with these other dogs?? I just don't know how to get her to stop barking at the other dogs & deal with her behavior towards our older dog. I also know we need to socialize her more than what we are. Please help with any ideas or suggestions.
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No she won't grow out of it if you don't address it. Mentioning the crate part makes me think it has to do with when she gets too excited. Maybe if you don't let them both out at once to get her energy lowered before they are released might help. Giving her stern corrections when this behavior happens and making her sit and get to a calm state before starting play again might help. Same when you have her out in public, exercise her before hand to lower energy and when she does flip when seeing other dogs take control, have her sit and relax before you keep moving. Even making her sit with her back to the dog so she can't stare at them. Just work on lowering energy. And since she doesn't do it all the time, be sure to reinforce every single time she does play appropriately. If she starts doing the rough play you don't want, immediately step in and correct her and try to lower her energy.

Hope that advice helps!
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