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Sasha86 01-18-2014 09:48 PM

First eval with new trainer- no bueno
 
So Sasha just turned two. After many classes and a lot of money. I felt that still Sasha still has some aggression problems with certain people and certain dogs. We went to an eval and boy I was so embarrassed. He walked in and immediately Sasha hated him. She barked lunged and jumped. He got a sleeve to see what she would do and she would back off scared and shaking. He pushed her to her limit and she nipped a little. This completely scared me, she has never acted this aggressive before. She has met this trainer in a different setting and was not aggressive. This training company is pretty expensive but seems to know what they are doing especially with this particular breed.
Any reason why she would react like this?


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boomer11 01-18-2014 10:02 PM

yeah she has weak nerves. most likely you are NEVER going to be able to completely get rid of her aggression/reactivity. the dog was acting super fearful. its clear. why does the trainer need to push her all the way to biting? what was the point? just manage her and keep her out of situations that she is not comfortable in. if she has made progress pushing her past her limits might set her back quite a bit

Sasha86 01-18-2014 10:14 PM

Well he said he put the sleeve on to see if she would make any contact. He said we need to build up her confidence and make her look at us like pack leaders. It was weird because she has never been this reactive towards anyone. If she doesn't like some one on a walk, she barks but we keep our distance or they walk away. I never thought she was this bad. And makes me feel disappointed because all of the work I have done has not worked.


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Kaimeju 01-18-2014 10:20 PM

It is also possible that she really didn't like something the trainer was doing, or was feeding off your nerves.

I am not sure that putting pressure on a nervous dog is the right way to build confidence. But I'm no expert.


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crackem 01-18-2014 11:01 PM

there is ZERO need to push a dog that is already fear avoiding to the point it will bite just to see if it will engage and "build confidence" It's disaster waiting to happen.

Dogs with confidence are taught bitework. Dogs that are fearful, and from your description I don't have much doubt your dog has weak nerves and is very fearful, should absolutely NOT be taught to bite.

Think about it. IF a dog is scared, they bark to get you to move away and when you don't, they try to get away. Ie, your dog backing off scared and shaking. Then some "brilliant" trainer decides to push further with a sleeve to get them to bite. You didn't build confidence, he's teaching your dog that when it feels scared it can turn off whatever is scaring it by biting whereas now your dog puts up a front then hides when it's too much. Much safer for people and the dog.

Some dogs need to be managed, they need to managed their entire lives and all the expensive trainers in the world aren't going to give strength to nerves that aren't there. You can socialize, make comfortable in some situations, but YOU always have to be aware of minor changes that will immediately take your dog out of its comfort zone.

Any dog that is lunging and jumping and has unwarranted aggression to non threatening people is a dog that needs to be managed and socialized heavily with constant supervision from their owners. Absolutely NOT a dog you push to the point of biting so it can learn to turn off pressure or deal with stressful situations by biting. Great deal huh? These trainers aren't near as good as they've led you to believe. Save your money.

Twyla 01-18-2014 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Sasha86 (Post 4859833)
Well he said he put the sleeve on to see if she would make any contact. He said we need to build up her confidence and make her look at us like pack leaders. It was weird because she has never been this reactive towards anyone. If she doesn't like some one on a walk, she barks but we keep our distance or they walk away. I never thought she was this bad. And makes me feel disappointed because all of the work I have done has not worked.


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Confidence is built by her being successful in each encounter no matter how far away it has to be, not setting her up to fail as this guy did to her.

As far as all the work you have done not working - where would she be if you had not done the work? Fearful dogs are just that - fearful. You can train them to have different responses, but the underlying fear is there. You have to be prepared to manage and work her through the encounters she has problems with.

Baillif 01-18-2014 11:50 PM

You guys are misunderstanding what was happening. The trainer pushing the dog to bite threshold was to see where the threshold was for his own knowledge and probably to see how big a threat that dog was to people. It was not an excercise to build confidence. That we need to build confidence comment was directed at how to fix the behavior long term.

howlk9 01-18-2014 11:54 PM

You shouldn't be embarrassed. Your dog needs to build its confidence and you don't do that by immediately putting her in a spot where she feels threatened. That doesn't make you look like a pack leader, you look like you're unable to protect her in this situation. This wasn't a training session, it was intimidation. Another idiot out there wrecking dogs and taking money to do it from what it sounds like to me.
I don't know what work you've done, but look at it like a building block. You need to go slow and help her get mentally stronger. Boomer11 may be right and she may never be a very confident dog, but that doesn't mean she can't be a good dog for you.

Sasha86 01-19-2014 12:28 AM

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Yes this experience really frightened me. He won't be her trainer, she was pretty uncomfortable about the environment. It seemed like the program excels very well with Malinois and bully breeds. He won't be the trainer, so I don't know how much that will make a difference. Please check them out and tell me what you think. Attachment 167833
Calik9 from San Jose ca
Maybe you guys can review and tell me what you think
I wanted to do some hard trainer because she is still a teen who often does what she wants. My only aggression problem to begin with was in my house towards strgers, I didn't trust her. She is the sweetest dog. The positive training I have done only work with treats and they have helped with her reactivity. He said that with private classes that increase our bond and being pack leaders will help with her confidence building. I am torn


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Kaimeju 01-19-2014 02:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Baillif (Post 4860521)
You guys are misunderstanding what was happening. The trainer pushing the dog to bite threshold was to see where the threshold was for his own knowledge and probably to see how big a threat that dog was to people. It was not an excercise to build confidence. That we need to build confidence comment was directed at how to fix the behavior long term.

Can you explain to me the point of pushing a dog further when they've already backed off scared and shaking at the sight of a sleeve? Any dog displaying that kind of body language may bite, why is it important to actually make them bite?


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