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Amurphy26 06-04-2014 12:53 PM

Double Trouble - is he a bad influence?
We have a Huntaway and a young reactive GSD.

This is my Huntaway - 10yrs old, loves people, dogs and children. Can be over enthusiastic when he sees people and will run up to them with tail wagging. I don't let him do this but we live in a small place and unfortunately people who know him encourage this. Huntaway's very often bark when running or moving forward so when he does run up to people he's usually barking. He's totally non aggressive.

Now add this to my reactive GSD and I think he's causing me a massive problem. I take her out on her own a lot to get her used to people and places and she's much better when he's not there. He seems to make her more anxious. We've moved house recently and he's struggled with the move and panics when left alone. He's also going deaf and I think this is adding to his anxiety.

My husband had said he was going to take over the GSDs training. She responds better and quicker to him and the Huntaway can now come to work with me so it made sense but he works really long hours and it's just not working out.

I'm in need of a bit of friendly advice or comments. Writing it down makes it seem so obvious that he's definitely a problem but has anyone else been in this situation and what have you done?

Rehoming either dog is not an option.

Thanks in advance.

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Jax08 06-04-2014 01:00 PM

It's very possible he could be making her anxious with his barking and quick movements. I have a reactive GSD and do not take her places with my GSD puppy because I don't want him to learn from her. Work them separately and see how that goes.

carmspack 06-04-2014 01:08 PM

OMG , a Huntaway , didn't know you had any in Scotland.
Fantastic working dogs primarily in use in New Zealand .

looked into them because of the "genetic obedience" interests and herding ---- very strict "
Bred solely for performance
The NZ Huntaway is one of the few animals that has been selected solely on the basis of 'performance'. Human 'fancy' and silly notions were never involved. If the pups from a mating didn't show any working instinct by about 6 months of age, they were euthanized as nobody wanted them for pets."
Woolshed 1: New Zealand farm working dogs. The NZ Huntaway

although the Huntaway is bred to bark to move the sheep and to help locate the dog who is a distance away , or even over some hill , from the handler, YOU have to teach you dog when and when not to bark.

Chip18 06-04-2014 01:19 PM

Amurphy26 06-04-2014 02:00 PM

Thanks for the advice, I'll look up the links. I'm thinking of taking the Huntaway to work with me and separating their daily lives.

Carmspack he is from NZ but they're becoming quite popular over here now. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old and brought him over when he was 18mths. He's my first Huntaway and I had no clue what I was getting in to, I thought it would be like having a collie! How wrong was I! He's farm bred and the most intense pup I've ever had. Much harder than our GSD. Anyway, 10yrs on and after masses of research on the breed I've trained him for film and TV, he's been my running and cycling companion and he's a great therapy dog. The way I trained him was to give him his work/training time and his free time. Free time involved allowing his barking when running in fields and it suited us all fine until we got the GSD. In NZ most people thought we were mad having a Huntaway but he has the best temperament I've ever known in a dog. Having said that the next will have a lot more training put in to stopping the barking!

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