|03-30-2015 06:14 PM|
|03-30-2015 05:58 PM|
|Stonevintage||So what would you make of this? My pup has no interest in other dogs. It's the dogs owner she wants to get to for a pet and a hello. She is almost 11 months old and her beef with other dogs is if they are standing between her and their owners. She will stand an inch away from a dogs face with her back legs braced and bark and bark. If this garners no reaction, she will try to go around them to get to the owner.|
|03-30-2015 05:55 PM|
However that last part in bold raises a few questions on my part. I have first-hand experience with a secure/confident male GSD, who does not go looking for trouble or try to chase/attack strangers passing by...but has a bite incident and several aggressive incidents with people who tried to approach him for a pet. He is curious about everything, gets along fine with dogs that want to play, and is perfectly at ease on walks just as he is at his home.
I just don't think all GSD aggression (or dog aggression in general) falls within that black and white category of being either fear-driven or protective-driven.
|03-30-2015 05:32 PM|
If we read the body language, there are always subtle clues to let us know the dogs emotional state....and most often random reactive aggression is fear based. A dog that is secure and confident does not go looking for trouble.
My female doesn't always show stress or fear when she reacts, she is forward and stealth, but it is a display of emotions due to the fact that she is unsure, so takes the proactive stance. Her tail is high, her head is up, she doesn't hackle, but I know her well enough to see she needs to feel like the 'big dog' when she is insecure.
My male who is always confident and secure, will watch and discern before ever reacting.
|03-30-2015 04:00 PM|
I don't think we can diagnose all GSD's as either "fearful" or "protective" when they exhibit aggressive behaviors. I have dealt with some that are just looking for a fight, others that have a strong pack mentality and will keep strangers away from their perceived pack members (owners), and there are many other reasons for an aggressive outburst. It's best to analyze these incidents on a case-by-case basis.
|06-14-2014 10:48 AM|
|GSD Shepherdess||We use the Don Sullivan training method. Since we began using this method, we have had great success in bonding, training, and helping others.|
|05-23-2014 04:36 PM|
Very interesting opinions and I myself cannot comment on what is right or wrong behaviour. I do know my dog does not like dogs coming up to me if they are loose and will come up to chase them off. People he has no bother with,unless they approach the house then he barks and barks but never attacks.
Hes greta out walking but again if we meet a dog he barks and pulls on his lead. He never had other dogs around growing up as people were afraid of him
|05-20-2014 10:07 PM|
Greetings, I'm relatively new to this forum, but posted last year when our GSD male contacted lymphoma. Dino is gone, but I have a question regarding our 5 year old female adopted last fall through the GSD rescue organization. Bella is wonderful in the house, responds to commands, but is very protective if anyone comes to the door- until they come inside. We have no issue with this behavior, but need to do something about the same behavior or worse when confronted with another dog when on leash during a walk. Lots of barking, snarling, and an apparent readiness to fight.
Obviously, we are far past puppy training, or even knowing her background. The foster people said she was very well-behaved with other dogs in the house but she has really become hard to handle around other dogs. I'm looking for any training or conditioning suggestions.
|12-02-2013 02:04 PM|
Thank you for your reply and assessment based on the circumstances. I just mentioned that it was out of working lines as it has siblings trained and actively working on police forces so it's out of dogs with good strong drives. I did mention the liability issue to her... and even told her about a person in my neighborhood who adopted an adult GSD with a bad attitude that ultimately ended up being ordered to be euthanisized after getting loose and attacking people in the area...
But I will try to pass on to her sound suggestions from anyone willing to offer them... it's not acceptable behavior to me especially out of a dog that technically is still a 'pup' at 13 mos of age.... just wanted other opinions/suggestions. thanks!
|12-02-2013 01:15 PM|
definitely fear and definitely not ok. a protective dog only watches people and doesnt bark at everything that moves. a protective dog is ok with 99% of the people it comes in contact with and will only bark and lunge and maybe bite if they feel the threat is real. my dog has barked his deep bark when startled but he's never lunged at anyone.
a fearful dog will huff and puff and bark and lunge and maybe bite at everything that its unsure about. if this behavior isnt corrected then the dog thinks that this is how i get rid of the danger. the dog thinks its ok to bite and lunge and bark because it works! it has nothing to do with working line. sounds like the dog needs lots of leadership and training. if your friend is proud of this behavior it'll just be a matter of time before she gets sued.
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