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Old 08-16-2014, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Incident occurred today at the dog park (I know spare me your opinions please). I have a 3 y/o female. Generally a good dog, not dominant in any way. We were at the park for about an hour and a half. We must have come into contact with 30-35 others dogs of all breeds and ages. No problems. My dog is not dominant at all, if anything she is a little on the submissive side. She gets along with everybody at the park. At home she's more reactive and protective, but out and about she's generally a perfect angel.

Today a lady brought another gsd to the park. A year and a half male who was taller and a little leaner than my girl, which is saying something because she's pretty large. Talking to this lady I found out that our dogs shared the same grand sire. After a period of sniffing each other and running around my dog started to go after him very aggressively something that is not in character for her. After separating them she did it again. Paying no attention to other dogs as she made a beeline straight towards him.

If anything it reminded me almost of the aggression a female can produce to a male when she is not yet ready to mate but this dog wasn't trying to mount her or anything. Both of these dogs have been fixed. I packed up and left. The dog park has been essential to both my dog and I in having a good time and we both have many friends up there. I've been thinking how odd this is. What are the odds that the one dog out of hundreds that she would show aggression to is basically her male mirror image from the same breeder and lineage? Does anyone have any ideas??
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Adolescent male GSDs tend to play rough and she have disliked his behavior since he seems to be on the submissive side. I am only trying to picture this so it is just a possibility.
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No that wasn't it he was perfectly fine. Also it wasn't her reacting to him being to rough she was actively seeking him out pursuing (even chasing) him to attempt to attack him. It was very bizarre. I guess I should mention that she's not really a super playful dog. She'll chase other dogs and let herself be chased but she doesn't really playfight with other dogs. She'll run with the pack but rather than getting in the middle of it and playing she often breaks off and comes back to hang out with me.
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Maybe it is time for her to end the dog park outings and spending more time with you playing and training?
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I play and train with her often. I'm in physical rehabilitation for an injury right now so the park has been instrumental in getting her the stimulation and exercise that she needs. I'm probably a few months off yet from being able to provide her with the physical exercise she needs. I'm definitely going to be careful/conservative about taking her up there. I'm just trying to understand WHY this happened out of nowhere like this. It'd be a shame to no longer have that resource since we both really enjoy it. I can't say any other words that will make the dog that happy and excited than 'dog park'. It literally makes her day.
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