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Old 02-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #111 (permalink)
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Nickyb said " I'm going through some similar issues with Zoey now but when Princess (my last gsd) was Kira's age, she went through the same thing and even BIT 4-5 people. "

Please don't repeat the experience that you had with your Princess . She bit 4 or 5 people ! You are lucky that she lived to achieve maturity !!!
This time with Zoey - do this first "with some training, she became the most wonderful and sociable dog I could ever ask for." Train . Understand the true nature of your dog and provide an environment where the dog can be at its best .

" keep socializing and putting her in situations where she can learn right from wrong. "

except that the dog does not have a moral compass , there is no right or wrong -- there are thresholds for tolerance though . Don't set the dog up to fail .

" I see Kira excelling, I wish the same for my Zoey. "

Kira will be what Kira is . Recognizing this is the secret to success . There is no wishing , but there is reality , recognizing potential and limitations , and making it work out . Allow for the best to emerge within that range and it can be a beautiful thing.
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but when Princess (my last gsd) was Kira's age, she went through the same thing and even BIT 4-5 people.
I freaked out over an accident, when a friend picked up a stick and my girl went after the stick and caught his pinky and she had to go in quarantine. Ever since then I make sure that I won't let anyone play with my dogs, nor do I set them up into a situation where they could bite someone and I go as far as putting a Nylon Muzzle on my Malinois because she IS a Maligator and her mouthing could be interpreted as biting by inexperienced people. Heck, the reason I got kicked off the Farmersmarket was because one of the Ladies thought that Nala was biting my hand because she nibbled on a treat in my hand.

Four to five people? That is a lot of people...

Accidents happen. I can see one, maybe two throughout the lifetime of a dog. But 4-5? That's negligence. Pure and simple.

Now the question is...what do you understand as biting?
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Yes I think herding dogs have a bossy side to their personality on certain situations

Delgado was at the dog park with my sister and she was talking to another lady there who had a black pug. The pug was jumping over and over again at Elise who was ignoring it. Delgado walked up and grabbed the dog by the scruff and moved it a few feet away, no growling from Delgado and no yelping from the pug. The jumped again and Delgado intervened again. Over and over it went

I wasn't there and personally I would have intervened but my sister and the other owner thought it was hilarious. Needless to say we had a bit of a talk afterwards
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:53 AM   #114 (permalink)
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I agree with a little bit of what everyone's been saying. Now, I haven't actually read Anthony's other threads, with the exception of one I skimmed a few months ago, so I don't know Kira's history or much about her temperament at all. But here are my thoughts after reading this thread:

Anthony, you seem to expect more out of Kira than you should, especially at this point in her life and training. From your posts, it sounds like you have certain definitions of how a dog should react to certain stimuli and situations, and when Kira acts otherwise, you overanalyze and scramble to find an explanation and a "solution". Sure, sometimes you set your dog up for failure (happens to the best of us), but I think you wind up doing it more to yourself! In your recollection and your following responses/posts, you sound stunned, perplexed, resigned, disappointed, and a myriad of other emotions. Take a breath. You are making it too easy for yourself and others to blow it out of proportion. Stop scrambling to dissect your dog and start grabbing hold of situations like this.

There isn't always a solution, at least not the one you're looking for. Sometimes it's about proper management, whether it is because it's not something you can "fix", or because there's absolutely nothing that needs to be fixed. Don't expect anything of Kira right now, she's a young dog still growing in a brain. Just remove her from any situations that may trigger an undesirable response.

And for the record, I've had my dog tethered to me for two hours to three hours when guests were over. In between chores we practiced heeling, keeping focus, impulse control, and mind games.

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I don't think Kira is fear aggressive, but may be a bit weak nerved. Anthony is very brave to weather the beatings he's recieved from folks who have never personally met his dog. FWIW I do think most, if not all, dogs go through stages when they're young. This may or may not be something she grows out of, but I think Anthony is well aware that greater management is needed until then.
I agree with everything said in this post.

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Easy enough. Put the dog up. Give her a special treat in her crate so that friends coming over are a good thing for her and be done with it.

My dog usually are put up unless it is "dog friends" .... and no issues, just do it out of habit.
This is me as well. People coming over? When he was young we would give him a raw knuckle bone or a bully stick and keep him in a room upstairs. Now the moment he sees who it is at the door, he will run up the stairs automatically, no cue needed (depending on who the guest is - he recognizes a few people who are okay with him).

With them, all he wants to do is squeeze into the couch with them and smother them with kisses. Couch time is snuggle time in his book, and he loves taking advantage of his favorite visitors. But out of habit and respect for the people in my house, I keep my dog out of the area. It is no inconvenience to me, and hardly any effort, and my dog is fine being out of sight. There is no reason for him to be hanging around, although we have quite a few friends who request it!

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How many of 'our' (general our), dogs would have stopped Or would have continued on and bitten?
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I think it's very easy for people to jump on the "you're not dealing with your dog's fear aggression properly" bandwagon - especially when they themselves have what they would consider a solid nerved dog and have a tendency to have a go at those who are brave enough to ask questions on a forum like this.
Mine would stop. My dog is a dog with the potential to be "protective", the defensive drives are prevalent, and I would not put it past him to show aggression towards a perceived thread.

But I'm very sympathetic towards Anthony's situation. My dog's charged more people than I can count. He's rushed at my younger sister with hackles up, snarling and barking in a low rumble. He's shown my mother hard eyes and put himself in between me and her to bark in a very low and serious display. He has given a serious warning bark and growl to a few teens running at me in the middle of the night. But given both context and the fact that I know my dog, I found his reactions acceptable.

Why? He charges people who walk through the door unannounced. And promptly parks himself in front of them and stops. They try to move past him? He'll most likely just give a cursory sniff and bounce around saying "hello". He rushed at my younger sister twice in his adolescence, when he was all instinct and reflex and drive and absolutely no brain - the only two times I was truly upset. She threw the door open to a pitch black room, not knowing my dog was/we were there (first incident was just the dog in the room, second incident was both of us).

Next scenario - he stood between me and my mother because he perceived a threat when she shoved a large metal object at me and I backed away screaming. In reality, she was giving me a thermos to pack (I was in the process of moving), and I screamed because I was 90% sure there was year old caffeine lingering at the bottom and it grossed me out. But hey, my dog didn't know that. Last few incidents are self explanatory - it was late at night, we were in an area with no street lamps. A couple of teens/acquaintances thought it'd be fun to spook me. Dog responded appropriately. I know his thresholds and what is a warning, to what degree the warning is, and what triggers him.

He is not a fearful dog - he turns off quickly and calmly at my reassurance and is more than content to leave it to me. In fact, he understands that any perceived threat is not his to face. A warning is sufficient, and then it is mine to handle. Someone could kick me in the face or shove me off a cliff and he'd dance around in circles, tail wagging. Raise a stick over my head? Time to play catch! Tackle me to the ground? He loves rough housing! But he is almost four years old now...he sure went through a fear stage in his adolescence. At Kira's age, he may have reacted in the exact same way to a petulant, upset teen (...hey, that sounds like me! ) and a stranger reaching out.

Kira may have some nerve issues, or she may be going through a phase. As I've said, I haven't really read your other threads so I don't know the whole story. Outside the context of Kira's past issues, I wouldn't call her behavior surprising or inappropriate given her calm state immediately afterwards and the fact that she stopped herself. My own dog never did have any problems with strangers (he was people crazy, he loved them all too much) but the two times he ran at my sister was worse than anything Kira seems to have done. And he is my first dog! Nevermind my first German Shepherd...

Difference in my case was that the second time (first time I figured it was a fluke and foolishly ignored it), I recognized myself as the problem and left it at that. My dog was surprised, reacted, and his crazy little instincts kicked in before his brain could. It was dangerous and my fault - I should not have been lazy and left the lights off + door closed with him in the room. My dog did what he did and it was unnecessary to diagnose his problem when all I had to do was prevent it. I knew what triggered him and I knew how to avoid it, and that was all I needed.

In addition to prevention, we worked on management and encouraging behaviors through a sort of self rewarding negative reinforcement: he offers a desired behavior (quiet focus, a sit, etc.) and the negative stimulus that was bothering him (perceived threat/trigger) is removed (by no longer being presented as a threat).

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Is this something you've seen?
Is it common, or unique to my situation?
As everyone's already said, German Shepherds are fairly notorious play police. Big time party poopers and professional killjoys. My dog makes it his job to moderate other dogs and also to let me know when he thinks I've given another dog enough attention. He is still learning the "everything is my call so back off, please" rule. We end up practicing a lot of "down, stay"s around here.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:57 AM   #115 (permalink)
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Is this something you've seen?
Is it common, or unique to my situation?
It is something I've seen, and as others have already posted, not uncommon. What's unique to your situation (and I've made the same mistake - I'm not being critical) is that Kira's actions have gone uncorrected. Therefore, she thinks she's doing what she's supposed to do. I'm just going from memory here, so maybe I'm off base, but I'm thinking about the incidents with: your daughter's friend, your play wrestling session, the party guests, and now this. You two are a team, and she's taking her cues from you to shape her behavior. Obviously I don't know "why" she's doing this, but it makes sense to me that she probably thinks she "ought" to do it, because every time these situations come up there's no clearly defined 'this is unacceptable' coming from you. Instead of seeing her as nervy or reactive or whatever, I'm seeing her as being trained to intervene.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #116 (permalink)
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I think most of you have the wrong impression of ME. I don't post to flame or troll. I don't over-analyze or look to stir things up.
If I see unrecognized behavior, I ask if others have experienced the same. From the replies of this thread, it seems as if her behavior was not unlike what many others have experienced.
NOW,... how I handle this, is the learning experience. Kira has shown in the past, that she tends to be uncomfortable around raucous guests. I knew this, and have been watching her, and trying to desensitize her. She hasn't acted out in quite some time, and led me to believe that she may have just gone through something, and had gotten past it.

Does that mean I set my dog up to fail? I don't see it that way. I read all the "I told you so's", and "haven't you learned yet" responses, and wonder if you think I sit here and do nothing. I do keep an eye on my dog. Her behavior has been fine. I go with what I see. She's now shown me that it's not as fine as I thought. So now I go from here.

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[quote] As everyone's already said, German Shepherds are fairly notorious play police. Big time party poopers and professional killjoys. My dog makes it his job to moderate other dogs and also to let me know when he thinks I've given another dog enough attention. He is still learning the "everything is my call so back off, please" rule. We end up practicing a lot of "down, stay"s around here. [quote]

IMO, this could have been the only reply. It's obvious that I didn't know about this behavior, and I do now.
Not sure why the condescending comments, and insults, but if you read the OP, I kinda expected it.

Sometimes a straight answer goes a long way.

Oh, and BTW... the ONLY reason why I keep writing abut similar issues, is because I'm the only willing to write about it. I'm sure many others (like myself), have not gotten through their issues overnight.
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First, thank you for asking the question. Second, what is the answer? Fiona as of late has taken to barking at random people. A person at work claimed she lunged at her. I was holding the leash and there was a barrier between Fiona and the lady she barked at. I don't think Fiona lunged, but I understand she has a fear of dogs so it might seem that way.
So how do I fix this? She wears a prong collar and I gave her a correction when she barked. She stopped for a minute, then started again.


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First, thank you for asking the question. Second, what is the answer? Fiona as of late has taken to barking at random people. A person at work claimed she lunged at her. I was holding the leash and there was a barrier between Fiona and the lady she barked at. I don't think Fiona lunged, but I understand she has a fear of dogs so it might seem that way.
So how do I fix this? She wears a prong collar and I gave her a correction when she barked. She stopped for a minute, then started again.


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If you're working her then she won't have the time to react / bark.
There are usually signs leading up to barking at someone-- they usually stare and lean towards the person they're barking at.
As soon as you see these signals, make her busy. Sit, down, touch, heel, shake.. Something I like doing is pretending to drop my wallet or keys and having the dog pick them up and give them to me.

Right now she has formed a habit of barking at people because.. ?? ( fear, cautious, excited, suspicious, .. )
This habit is reinforced each time she gets to bark or react. But if you distract her before she can follow through then you are forming a new habit.
So it goes from:
See person --> Bark

to:
See person --> look at owner
she will be waiting for your command because each time this stimulus (person) presented itself you asked for her attention (sit, down, etc)
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i don't know if anyone mentioned this but you can always leash her when people are at your home, then you have more control over her and can catch this behavior and correct right away. it does sound like she has made a habit out of doing this, and dog do repeat what they think works. it might just take simple corrections and over time she may learn that you are in charge, not her.
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I think Kira acted appropriately to the situation as she perceived it.
She is a dog.
It is our job, as owners, to know our dogs and anticipate (be prepared for) situations that will cause an unwanted action/reaction.
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