Impressive. How did you train them to do this? Details appreciated.
well you asked:
I didn't train for that response directly...he just moved when I went down. I still had the leash in my hand and that kept him from hitting the dog, I'm funny like that!
I'm just a regular "pet" guy with very high standards for how my dogs behave. They never had "any" negative experiences in there lives. With any dogs...(outside the pack) or people. No bolting out the door of home, cars or cat chasing was ever allowed! If I go in the house for a second they stay by the front door if outside. And of course "NO DOG PARKS" I can control my dogs, I can't control other peoples dogs.
All of my friends had badly trained out of control dogs so I kept my guys away from my friends dogs. No doggy visits to homes, I have zero tolerance for badly trained if at all dogs!
My guys always knew I was there first line of defense. The first two Gunther the BullMastiff/Mix and Struddell White Boxer both loved people and company so it was easy with them. Rocky the GSD...not so much! The first instance I got that Rock did not much care for company was when friends came over and he growled!!
That was a new experience for me! So he was told bed,down and stay ! I sat by him that evening and I knew he was going to be different!
He was the first dog I ever used a muzzle on. I didn't trust him, I just saw something different in him.
He never gave me an issue directly (another story) but clearly he was not a people fan! He was the first dog I would stand between him and people and say "I'd rather you 'didn't pet my dog. First dog I ever muzzled at the vet.
Because with him I had to add another possible bad experience...biting someone! The first dog that I was extremely worried about that happening with. And I wasn't going to give him the chance!
I always used the soft fabric muzzle (which he could remove if given the chance) he had no objections to it so it was a none issue. After awhile I stopped with the muzzle on walks but still never let anyone touch him. Just the usual step in front..and the rather you didn't pet him line.
We'd go for walks and just avoid people. I'd stand in front of him or cross the street with people or dogs on leashes! After awhile dogs, people and stray cats became lawn furniture to him...of no regard.
Took him to get shots at a low cost day without the muzzle, dogs howling, dogs biting techs all kinds of insanity, kept Rocky by my side on a loose leash and he just stood there ignoring all the madness around him and looking at me! Comes his turn and he ignores the tech and looks to me. Best behaved dog there!
I could read him now but had it been necessary I was prepared to intercept his teeth with my hand if needed,it wasn't .
Then one day a GSD guys sees us and I across the street like I always. But he crosses the street and approaches. I step between him and Rock (loose leash like always) and he asks if he can see my dog? This was his first meeting of an actually on the street civilian! (It's been maybe two years of working with him?) I look back at Rock he's standing there like always when I stop and talk . Softly wagging his tail and I say, yes and ...Nothing happened!
Anyway maybe this explains my somewhat irrational tirade on the little dog thread? I put a lot of work into my dogs. And it's my job to see that nobody screws with them! But yeah maybe I wouldn't kick the little dog “that” hard? But..he'd think twice about charging me and mine more than once!