|08-22-2013 01:26 AM|
|Darth_Ariel||Have you tried having a friend/neighbor approach her with their dog and telling her to leave it and turning around and going the other way? I'm sure your trainer can help, we've been doing it with a few dogs in my class to try and lessen their re-activity.|
|08-20-2013 09:20 PM|
|kjdreyer||No apologies needed! Thanks for responses. It does make sense that this was fear, she just reacted when I wasn't paying attention to her and keeping her focus on me. Usually I am working to prevent this, so I guess I got a look at what she would do if I wasn't on her every second. Whew, this dog is a handful sometimes. We are working with a trainer, but I think I expect to see more improvement than I'm getting. We'll keep at it!|
|08-20-2013 06:31 PM|
|Darth_Ariel||Apologies, I assumed playing from the "flying at him, pretending to go for his throat" thing. For some reason that screamed playtime to me, but Raven is probably spot on.|
|08-20-2013 10:01 AM|
Reactivity. It has nothing to do with guarding or protection. I havent read your oher threads that might give more clues but if she has shown fear with other dogs then I would assume its just leash reactivity which is not uncommon.
There is nothing you can do AFTER it happens. By then it is too late and she will not understand that your discipline is related to the way she reacted. You need to be proactive and deal with it BEFORe it happens. Good resources for that would be Look At That (LAT) from Control Unleashed or Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) by Grisha Stewart at www.functionalrewards.com
I would also get in a reactive dog class or hire a trainer that can help you work on this and better read her signals.
Also, hackles being up just means arousal. It could mean excitement, nervousness or aggression and the only way to determine which is by looking at the whole picture.
|08-20-2013 09:51 AM|
Thanks for replying! I wish it was playful, but her hackles were up, and although it was clearly bluff, I didn't see any sign of play. She's very playful with the dogs in one or our classes, and she's a big goofball with them, totally different demeanor.
I hope this gives this post a bump...
|08-20-2013 12:09 AM|
|Darth_Ariel||I'm sure someone with more experience can say for sure how to handle it but I would assume she might have wanted to play if she didn't look like she was being aggressive? Vader's a rough player especially with other shepherds and frequently dive bombs them and aims for the throat. I've heard it's common for some of them to play like that and his "friends" seem to understand what he's doing. The other GSD clearly wasn't having it, but her backing off all happy-go-lucky says to me she wasn't interested in any sort of fight.|
|08-19-2013 10:26 PM|
What on earth is this behavior?
OK, confused about this new show of idiotic behavior! Jedda (now 9 months) and I were on a hike we frequent, had played a bit of fetch, walked quite aways, passed by two other off leash dogs and kept her focus on me, all good. We were sitting on a bench when a lady with a GSD and a Chi approached, not paying much attention to us. I was watching the GSD, trying to figure out how old he might be, because he had a funny gait. In a fraction of a second, Jedda was flying at him, "pretend" going for his throat but of course not actually making contact. Lucky for her and her slow-witted owner who was still sitting on the bench, he simply lifted a lip at her and kept going. She turned around like nothing and came back to me, looking kinda pleased with herself. I made her sit then down stay with a harsh voice, and apologized to the other owner, who acted fine even if she was rolling her eyes at the irresponsible GSD owner.
So what was that? Resource guarding? Protection? I've made other posts about her fear/bluster with other dogs, and we've been working on focusing on me while socializing, and I definitely dropped the ball in this encounter, but I'm still confused and curious about what she was doing, and how I should have handled it AFTER it happened - I know I wasn't managing her as I needed to. Thanks in advance!