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12-20-2013 05:35 PM
alexg
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Originally Posted by David Taggart View Post
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Huh?!
12-20-2013 05:14 PM
MadLab A fabric muzzle can work to stop the barking.
12-20-2013 05:10 PM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by pets4life View Post
I dont get it a dog should not consider another large dog as prey

Prey drive kicks in and the dog can treat another dog in prey and hurt that dog but the dog knows its not real prey. ITs just not respecting the other dog and just being a jerk. Dogs are picky who they will treat as prey, my female never gets treated as prey but I know dogs her size that do, its like they pretend the other dog is a deer or something. seems like a rough bad game.

A goat is prey, chickens are prey, sheep, to some dogs horses also.

But another dog should not be seen as prey
No, they can. When we first brought home our foster dog my boy definitely saw her as prey at certain times. They'd be running around and all of the sudden his demeanor would change and he was definitely hunting her. He would catch up and try to grab by the neck very aggressively. It was corrected within a few times and now they play very well together, but he for sure saw her as something to hunt instead of playing nicely with her.

He'll also do it to random dogs that he meets at a dog park (we don't go often due to that). I really have no idea what sets it off, I think many times it only happens if the other dog is unsure about itself.
12-20-2013 04:58 PM
pets4life I dont get it a dog should not consider another large dog as prey

Prey drive kicks in and the dog can treat another dog in prey and hurt that dog but the dog knows its not real prey. ITs just not respecting the other dog and just being a jerk. Dogs are picky who they will treat as prey, my female never gets treated as prey but I know dogs her size that do, its like they pretend the other dog is a deer or something. seems like a rough bad game.

A goat is prey, chickens are prey, sheep, to some dogs horses also.

But another dog should not be seen as prey
12-20-2013 01:35 PM
Twyla
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
Generally I like Twyla's recommendation but I wouldn't add the muzzle.
You are right, I wouldn't add the muzzle in the context it appears in that post either Good example of being in a hurry and not typing fast enough.

To add what should have been there the first time; condition her to wearing a muzzle for those times you just can't avoid closer contact with humans, such as the vet etc.
12-20-2013 12:56 PM
Castlemaid GSDs do not have the basic instinct to hunt humans - please disregard some of the advice.
12-20-2013 10:33 AM
MaggieRoseLee Generally I like Twyla's recommendation but I wouldn't add the muzzle.

Other thing is the FASTEST way to work thru this, and clearest to you and the dog, would be to contact a great trainer and work with them. Dog classes in a group may not work initially, but that should be your goal. Getting into group classes and then continuing the training you need to then teach the dog.

I've found when we get into the

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I understand she's a working/ protective breed
it's a slippery slope that has us making excuses and not FIXING stuff. Because what you are seeing isn't protection from a thinking and calm place but instead 'crazy' from a reactive dog.

Have you started clicker training? Great help for clarity in training.

Also this is a great video and the dogs behavior may seem familiar


And I'd use a Gentle Leader Training harness (not a regular harness) too

12-20-2013 10:26 AM
Twyla Agree this isn't protection, this is fearful behavior. Locate a trainer very experienced with GSD and aggressive behavior.

While you are finding the right trainer... When out walking, avoid the head on meetings with people. Instead, walk in a curve keeping you pup's focus on you - be silly, use a toy, practice obedience. The idea is to keep her attention off the person. I would suggest also introducing a muzzle, condition her to using it. Be sure to keep a loose leash, not tight - which may be hard to do because you are already expecting her reaction. Main thing - a good trainer.
12-20-2013 06:53 AM
David Taggart
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She's actually a very submissive dog, when I take her to the dog park she is the first to roll on her side and get down, but when it comes to people they could be ignoring her walking the other direction even and she goes after them barking.
From that I understand she is still a puppy (?) Or, if she is over 2 years of age, she must still playing, she is playing a hunter. Later on she would include other dogs in her list of prey. In your case here you can see two behaviours, two instincts and two drives: predatory and the urge to protect. Every GSD has a potential to grow agressive and hunt humans ( decoys mainly), or become choosy, prefering a ball only and tracking of different kinds. Tell her by using your calm low voice and your body language, that the person she wants to hunt has no value, only to ignore, and involve her with that precious ball, the best thing to prey on of all.
12-20-2013 03:40 AM
Safzola hi i had a thread on here not so long ago about the same thing.... zola our 19 old female gsd is perfect in many ways but when it comes to meeting other people she barks shows her teeth, and also launches at people. she is better of lead coz she can keep out there way, she is also a very submissive and from the protective working line,she is great with our little toddler boys loves them. we are still trying to gain zolas trust with people sometimes if they dont look at her she is not so bad.
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