I posted recently about how I feel I'm having some break through with my GSD. I just can't believe the difference in her over the last month or so. She gets very stressed when she sees another dog and will bark and lunge at them. She hasn't bitten a dog but I wouldn't trust her not to. It's all reactive and after she has met and walked with the dog she reverts to a normal young playful dog.
This summer we've moved to a house where she has more outdoor space and can enjoy off lead runs. We also dog sat a friends retriever for nearly 3 weeks and after the usual reaction they were great mates.
The retriever has gone home and she is missing him but she's also now behaving differently when she sees another dog.
Today we walked her in to the local village and she had another GSD go mad at her twice through a fence and a Lakeland walk within 10 metres of her. Each time, she did bark and lunge but I could snap her out of it almost instantly and she responded to me! I've realised that she responds best to calm positive training and commands. If I'm in anyway harsh, her reaction increases. I have to keep a positive upbeat tone (which can be hard) and she stops what she's doing and looks at me! I've been told she has an 'automatic watch' which I'm trying to build on and use her 'leave' command which we've been developing. I can't believe I stopped her reaction after only a few seconds! I know one day I'm going to be able to stop the reaction completely and I'm so excited!!!
Thank you and I think you're right llombardo. I think she's remembered that not all dogs are scary. Her whole demeanour seems to have changed lately. She's so much more relaxed. We get our new pup in 3 weeks so hopefully things will continue. Can't wait for her new friend to arrive!