Ready to expand our GSD family,have minor aggression, need some help and information!
Hi there, My fiance and I are feeling that it may be time to expand our pack.
We have had Shadow, our 2 Year old male sable Shepherd (not neutered) for about a year and a half. He is a fantastic dog, has given us little grief. He is trained well, great with kids, other adults, and for the most part other dogs.
The little grief he has given us would be owner dominance, and food jealously.
Our old neighbors had 2 dogs, a boxer (female) and a pit (male) (both very submissive to us and our dog )
When we would look out the window they would be playing like no other, Rolling romping chasing tugging, and eventually laying exhausted next to each other. looked like great fun
When i would walk outside shadow insisted on being between myself and the other dogs, if the got too close he would give a warning snap. went from friend to foe quickly. i was never able to really pet them when shadow was around.
The food dominance occurred when i would treat shadow, i would every once in a while toss a fancy biscuit to the female. once shadow saw he would flip. deciding that it was his biscuit and would take it from them, forcefully if need be.
My question is what sex age and temperament should we be looking for. i am also suspecting that most will wonder why we have not neutered shadow, personal preference, we would rather not and eventually breed him, but we are open to neutering him. i know it will calm his temperament, so if we decide to how long should we wait after before selecting a new member of the family.
Also suggestions to correcting this horrible behavior would be great.
Thanks so much!!! All and any information really helps!