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01-11-2014 02:05 PM
Stosh Take him herding
01-11-2014 01:24 PM
Sp00ks Our now 9 week old pup has done this from day one with his aunt (Jack Russell mix) In his case it is a playful expression.

As usual, I agree with MaggieRoseLee.
01-11-2014 01:14 PM
Kaimeju When he is wagging his tail, is it above his back? Is his body stiff and straight or curved and loose?

He does not trust the other dogs and is gearing up to defend himself if something goes wrong. If you can start getting him to make eye contact with you instead of staring at the other dog, start rewarding him heavily for that so he makes the association "dog appears + look at handler = get food." If you do this enough times he will start looking to you automatically. If he is VERY fearful and can't focus at all, it might be worth taking a class with someone who has experience with reactive or aggressive dogs.




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01-11-2014 01:00 PM
misslesleedavis1
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
I agree you may be seeing this. My Glory still bellys down to the ground when meeting some dogs. Also a non-threatening behavior.

Without seeing the behavior, it's always hard to really help.

But, as usual... going to dog classes usually makes a huge difference to help! And you have 'dog' people there to really see what's going on and give instant feedback and suggestions.

Well to give you a better idea, he usually ends his "chase me" spring with him on his back pawing at her face and making little cooing noises lol, oh and he starts class in Feb!!! so excited
01-11-2014 10:21 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
My dog does that too and in my opinion he is doing it out of play and herding because he springs up on his girlfriend and rtries to make her chase him.
I agree you may be seeing this. My Glory still bellys down to the ground when meeting some dogs. Also a non-threatening behavior.

Without seeing the behavior, it's always hard to really help.

But, as usual... going to dog classes usually makes a huge difference to help! And you have 'dog' people there to really see what's going on and give instant feedback and suggestions.

01-11-2014 10:18 AM
SuperG "Once he was stalking a small(ish) dog who turned around, barked slightly at him and he jumped behind me.. "

Another thought to add to the mix. A dominant dog will present themselves as 'large" as possible while a submissive dog will do the opposite at times. A submissive dog looks very similar to a frightened dog because he makes himself look small to convey that hes not a threat. If your dog is submissive, hell lower his body or even cower on the ground. His head might be raised, though, if hes greeting a person or another animal

Your observation of "stalking" may in fact be body language to convey submissiveness.

SuperG
01-11-2014 05:02 AM
sarah1366 Gsds are a guarding herding breed and it's quite the natural for them to do this you never really stop that cause it's genetically built in like there guarding instinct sometime shepherds will do it if not quite sure of what's approaching but if not barking or anything then doing it when getting ready to play mine always do it when up to some thing lol or about chase each other playing

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01-11-2014 12:08 AM
KZoppa its not fear based. It's a herding behavior... part of the breed...
01-10-2014 11:03 PM
Bear GSD Bear is a stalker as well. He's been doing it since he was 6 months old. I agree it's part of natural herding instinct. While I know Bear only wants to play, at his size it's very intimidating to other dogs and when he goes down when he sees another dog I immediately put him in a sit stay. I still have not broken him of it, but he's gotten better about it, I swear Bear's demeanor is more BC than GSD
01-10-2014 10:49 PM
Liz&Anna
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stalking is a part of the herding instinct. It isn't usually fear based.
I saw this thread and was very curious- my 4 month old will stalk my other dog, it's normally followed by a pounce! My poor other dog (Sam) but its really interesting she looks like a border collie she will get so low and sorta crawl as close as she can get before he notices her....she hides behind the furniture and slowly creeps out lol and she will crawl half the length of the living room like this, I think Sam pretends not to see her because I don't know how he couldn't see her...SHE'S HUGE
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