Many thanks to Kira's Mom
Thank you for sharing your story.
I just joined this forum. I'm looking to be as informed as possible. I have a 9 month GSD, Zeke. He is not my first GSD and I have six other dogs in the house. We also rescue dogs and have found homes for three other dogs who are very sweet and loving companions to their new families.
I love him to death and we are very bonded. The video of Kira is nothing compared to how insane he reacts. When he is in attack mode I can only pull him off with great physical force and great risk of being bit. He is incredibly focused on whatever he is after. I know some of his behavior is consistent with his breed. He is very protective and super vigilant. He has bitten me a number of times, but nothing serious. He is also afraid of everything( diagnosis fear agression). He has attacked all of our small dogs, two had to go to the vet. Most recently he continued to attack even after the other dog showed her belly and was submissive. He grew up with these dogs, they are not new to him. We've been to the behavioral clinic at OSU and I've been in frequent contact with the behaviorist. We've been to basic training, which back fired. I need to get him in to a desensitzation program recommended by the behaviorist. I've read numerous books, websites, talked to "experts".
For safety he now must be kept separate from all other dogs/cats. He must be crated when ever any children are around, or any friends come in the house. He must be kept on a very strict routine which includes DAP collar, Prozac and distraction (Kongs and the like). I can only exercise him late at night or early in the morning when there are no other people/dogs out. I'm training him to get used to a thundershirt and a muzzle.
I'm now to the point, like Kira's mom, where I think I need to build him a large run so I can be sure he can't get out and hurt anyone or anything.
Supposedly, we will be able to desensistize him over time. It just seems like no way for a big healthy dog to live. All of this intervention goes against everything I've always believed about dogs. I never in a million years thought I'd agree to medicate a dog. Training definitely, but medication? I was critical of friends who did medicate their dogs.
I understand what you are going through. A year ago, I would not have understood. I've had to live through it myself.
Last edited by hopper65; 03-12-2013 at 12:52 PM.
Reason: Ooops! I mean Kira's Dad!