|08-15-2013 10:20 AM|
|Diesel and Lace||
|08-14-2013 10:52 PM|
[QUOTE=Diesel and Lace;4025753]THis is kind of my thought, he has never tried to be protective or acted in any type of aggressive manner with a human but it kind of threw me off the first time it happened then I started to pay attention the second time and third time I realized there is something going on. I dont "think" he would bite someone but I know my one friend is terrified of him, says she does not like GSD because unlike other breeds they are not easy to read their expression is always the same which I kind of agree with but I am not afraid of them (clearly lol!). He is normally pretty "bouncy" so for him to get so quiet and lay down like that just tells me he is uncertain of something."
Yes, now I can understand why Diesel acted that way. He sensed your one friend's fear and that put him on the alert - made him anxious. Then when he repeated the behavior, it made you anxious which he picked up on. I would try yawning which is a calming signal. Also you may want to change the routine when you have visitors - have Diesel on his leash and go out and meet them together -have him on heel and have him sit by your side while you greet your guests- I would also curve - and circle so it is not to go directly up to them, the idea is not to wait for them to approach and Diesel crouching and becoming anxious. By going up to them, Diesel can see that they are harmless and you are in charge.
|08-14-2013 09:58 PM|
|08-14-2013 05:05 PM|
|Diesel and Lace||
|08-14-2013 04:53 PM|
My 9 week old pup does that. Since I am new to the breed, I thought it was a normal characteristic of them. He does it while playing with my 4 yr old shih tzu who can out run him now... he crouches low until the shih tzu gets close enough the pounces at him... or he will sneak up behind him very low to the ground and pounce on him... its cute.. reminds me of a lion in the wild..
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|08-14-2013 04:40 PM|
|Mary Beth||A dog's distance vision is actually poor compared to humans, so it could be that Diesel is not sure who the person is (friend or foe) which is why he crouches and waits until the person gets closer and then realizes the person is a friend. I would still be careful and be sure to greet the person as he comes up so Diesel knows he that you have seen the person and it is okay.|
|08-14-2013 04:22 PM|
I think his response is nice, personally. IMO, it doesn't sound like he's going to jump on anyone but rather waiting eagerly to greet them.
If we are talking about people coming to our home Rusty lets everyone know someone has arrived by barking. It's the equivalent of someone announcing something using a megaphone w/ a bull horn He will stop when I say "ok, thank you. Quiet".
|08-14-2013 04:00 PM|
|Diesel and Lace||
Does not bark at strangers?
I try to read as much of Diesels body language as possible esp since he is Dog aggressive I watch him like a hawk. Diesel will bark his head off at another dog, animal, or movement in the weeds / woods. When a person stranger or not approaches the house / pulls in drive way or passes through our property he is completely silent he watches them if they approach him, he crouches down not quite in a lay position almost like a pounce position. He is SUPER people friendly will lick someone to death given the chance so this behavior is a little strange to me. Most recent example: A friend of mine stopped over the house to chat Diesel came up on the porch where I was sitting and stood at the top of the steps he watched the car come into the driveway and park as my friend approached and got about 15 feet away he crouched down silent. I told my friend (who met Diesel 2 times before) to talk to him and I talked to Diesel as well. Once my friend was a few feet away Diesel hopped up and started going crazy happy! The time it took for him to close that 13 ft gap seemed to go in slow motion as I was convinced Diesel may attack him. Anyone elses dog do something similar or can I get some opinions?