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04-07-2014 08:46 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
You have to teach the dog that the only way it gets through the door is by being calm and focusing on you. You have to stop the behavior before it escalates into aggression. I guarantee there are points where excitement escalates before it turns into aggression.

I would recommend finding a trainer to show you the steps of teaching the dog to be calm. Many methods can work, from positive reinforcement to positive punishment. Find someone that trains in a way you are comfortable with.

I would use a slip lead or DD collar and show the dog that the only way to get what it wants is by remaining calm. I would stay away from prong corrections for this as they can raise the excitement level of the dog, where a slip lead will slow it down.

JMO.
Hmm calm "out" the door? I never did achieve that! Two dogs it wasn't a problem three dogs apparently it was!

Sit and wait and then "every dog for himself!" I was always worried about the cats getting out so getting the dogs out fast worked for me...till I had three dogs!

Turns out however that you can threshold train cats!!! Who knew?? Snap your fingers and Tssss sound and the cats run like rabbits!

But new dog "calm" through the door it will be! Lesson learned!
04-07-2014 07:44 PM
David Winners You have to teach the dog that the only way it gets through the door is by being calm and focusing on you. You have to stop the behavior before it escalates into aggression. I guarantee there are points where excitement escalates before it turns into aggression.

I would recommend finding a trainer to show you the steps of teaching the dog to be calm. Many methods can work, from positive reinforcement to positive punishment. Find someone that trains in a way you are comfortable with.

I would use a slip lead or DD collar and show the dog that the only way to get what it wants is by remaining calm. I would stay away from prong corrections for this as they can raise the excitement level of the dog, where a slip lead will slow it down.

JMO.
04-07-2014 07:35 PM
scout172 Have her sit and stay and let the other dog roam around if she is ok with you then slowly leave the room when its just her and the other dog if she starts barking then scold her firmly.
04-07-2014 06:17 PM
gsdsar I have a similar issue with one of my dogs. My Labrador "attacks" the other dogs as they go outside for first morning potty and after work potty. It's excitement and redirection of said excitement.

I have tried just about everything, nothing has worked. So now she goes out last by herself. Once that initial time out had happened she is perfectly fine every other time.

Sorry. Instead of stressing too much about it, and putting lines on dogs and harsh corrections, I just manage. Although with my Lab, a long line and stern correction would probably work. Have not tried that, hmmmm. Love it when a solution comes to you out of nowhere.


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04-07-2014 06:13 PM
Harry and Lola Having 2 GSDs myself, this sounds like over excitement (it's always the girl too!). If it were me, I would leash the female until she is calmer and then release her. Once you release her in a calm state, if she still goes for the male, put her on leash again. She will soon realise you mean business and if she doesn't stop her bad behaviour she won't get to enjoy the yard etc. It shouldn't take too long for her to figure this out, you must be consistent in taking control and showing her that her behaviour is not acceptable.
04-07-2014 06:06 PM
woody Thanks so much for the feedback guys, Chip18 - great articles & some good DVD's on the leerburg product page that I will check out.
04-06-2014 08:53 PM
my boy diesel this sounds like redirected aggression borne of excitement or overstimulation

i agree with the others
leash the female

however this is probably only a temporary fix and she may start amping up when the leash comes out so be aware of that

i really dont know how to permanently fix this issue and have been largely unsuccessful with fixing this type of aggression and i have found management is the key
04-06-2014 04:40 PM
Blanketback I stumbled upon the solution: give the release word and then walk back into the house, lol! Really, this worked for me - my pup was flying off the deck and I didn't want to use a leash (ahem, lol) to slow him down, so I tried getting him to focus more on what I was up to, rather than what thrilling new scents were out on the lawn. Try it!
04-06-2014 04:34 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by Blanketback View Post
Ouch, your poor ankle! I've noticed my pup gets riled up going into the back yard too, and gets overexcited with our other dog. He's trained to stay and wait at the front door, as a safety precaution, and he has to wait for the release word. But I'm also using that at the back door these days, so that our older dog doesn't have to deal with him bashing past her and waiting to charge her while she goes down the steps. This works perfectly!
The door dash I think was the source of my issues, on walks I have them wait and then I did a "go for it release".

Yeah..that did not work out to well for me in the long run!
04-06-2014 04:30 PM
Blanketback Ouch, your poor ankle! I've noticed my pup gets riled up going into the back yard too, and gets overexcited with our other dog. He's trained to stay and wait at the front door, as a safety precaution, and he has to wait for the release word. But I'm also using that at the back door these days, so that our older dog doesn't have to deal with him bashing past her and waiting to charge her while she goes down the steps. This works perfectly!
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