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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Fear Aggression?

Helloo, I'm a new-ish member to this forum and i was looking for some help and advice!
I have a 3 year old White German Shepherd called Alfie..
He's a beautiful boy, totally trained within the house, walks pretty well on the lead, comes back when called, sits and stays and what not.
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We did have up until a few months back our first German shepherd called mac who we had from a puppy also, sadly we had to have him put down at the age of 7.
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And i'm wondering if this could be why he seems to have gotten worse.
Alfie never used to be bad when out but we never really socialised him with any other dogs.
(Big mistake and very irresponsible on my part, i now regret it tremendously.)

When we take him out if i see another dog approaching i'll shout him back and put him on the lead, he seems fine.. wagging his tale and looking playful as we walk past but then he will then suddenly lunge towards them and growl.
This doesn't happen with every dog it just seems to be at a few dogs.
But then on the other hand if we run into a dog and he's not on the lead, he will run in the total opposite direction from them, to the point where i have to run after him before he makes his own way back to the car.
Is this all out fear?
My vets useless, he just advised me to not to walk my dog where other dogs will be.
But it's difficult to do and i don't want him not to be able to go near other dogs, i want him to socialise. He's only 3, surely this can be corrected?

I have been suggested by another owner to muzzle him and take him a long to a dog socialising group, or a reactive dog group.. do you agree?
If so do any of you know of any in the UK - midlands?

Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
Many thanks!!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 03:31 PM
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So sorry for your loss of Mac.

Your vet is kinda funny, he has the do know harm down pat! Not sure how avoid other dogs works out for him when you and your dog are in his waiting room??

Most of what you know to know can be found here in post 8:
New Dog, Very Challenging

There is a link on loose leash walking, your dog has to be able to walk on a loose "before" you have any chance of correcting dog reactivity!

Here is a link on dealing with a reactive dog...notice the leash

Tons on Dogs Park..just say no for now anyway, you don't need more problems!

This one is simple and you can do it today:

Post 19 has a link to an article and here is what it looks like:

That should be enough to get you started.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-07-2014, 07:19 PM
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Don't muzzle him and take him around other dogs. If you're saying he'd rather run away when not on leash then i'd probably say he's reacting out of fear. He can't get away so he's reacting to scare them off.
You put a muzzle on him and he will be even more anxious because he will realize he's even more vulnerable, with another defense taken away from him
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Get him in some obedience classes. That can hopefully give you and him confidence. I would not allow him off leash for his own safety. If he is truly afraid, his state of mind is not a good one.

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