|10-06-2013 03:26 AM|
Thank you I am sure you're right
Eko did something pretty concerning to me today, I asked him and Xena if they wanted to go out and when Xena got up he went after her. I caught him before he did anything and as I was walking him to the back door by his collar he suddenly lunged around me and snapped at her again. There was no growling, seemed sort of out of the blue. They have always gotten along so well I don't know what got into him. I'm calling the trainer on Monday the sooner I get a handle on this the better it is definitely escalating.
|10-05-2013 10:26 PM|
|llombardo||I think once you find a good trainer and see signs of improvement it will change for the better. You will gain confidence in yourself and in him, that will make a world of a difference.|
|10-05-2013 07:12 PM|
|Sarah~||Thank you that was nice of you to say. I love Eko very much I think that even if he acted like this the rest of his life I could never give up on him. But he won't be like this forever we just need to work on it. He has already taught me so much in just a year and a half I totally agree in 8 years I might be the one giving advice. He wants to be a good boy I just need to help him out better.|
|10-05-2013 02:31 PM|
Stick it out with this dog, and in eight years, you are going to be the person on here giving all the advice. He will teach you a ton. And it will also be very rewarding to look back on his time with you, where you've been, and everything on up.
But right now you are in the thick of it. Kudos for dealing with a tough boy. Just plan on being in training with him forever, and he might surprise you one day, when the two of you are totally comfortable in all situations.
|10-05-2013 11:49 AM|
|Sarah~||It could be that he smells food, but then I'm not sure why it would only be male dogs that set him off. If I had to make a guess I think he is trying to be dominant, but that could be wrong too. He isn't neutered so there have been times where he has been the one that is being targeted, not so much lately though he has become a bully.|
|10-05-2013 08:58 AM|
At petsmart with all the food around and employees handing out treats and the dog can smell where one has recently eaten. He may be more aggressive? I know my guy was always well behaved until an employee gave him treats and then a couple dogs came around the corner and he started to act up. He would have been fine otherwise. Might be something to consider as well. I'm working with a friend at feeding our dogs a few times a week at the same time outdoors where they are supervised and safe. I think this is slowly correcting this behavior but it might be a long process.
Again, I have limited knowledge and experience. Only had my guy for 4months now so just some observations. I have no idea what I'm talking about.
|10-05-2013 08:47 AM|
|Sarah~||He is EXTREMELY aggressive around food when animals are involved. I can get near his food no problem but if Xena or my cat get near him he will snap. He even guards the water bowl from the cat, he'll drink water til he pukes because he doesn't want the cat to have any.|
|10-05-2013 08:00 AM|
Does your dog happen to be aggressive over food?
I ask because my guy is around other dogs but not people. This is something I'm working on correcting and making some progress. I ask because in a store like that with so many treats and food around maybe that triggers the aggression? Just a thought. I know when at petsmart with my guy and an employee offers him a treat its a NO because once food is involved and other dogs around he gets a little excited.
|10-05-2013 06:31 AM|
Until your contract is up, consider muzzling your dog. I'd also invest in a prong or a easy walk harness or SENSE-ation harness to physically control your dog. With the layout of a store it's impossible to prevent your dog from coming into contact with other dogs who may be coming around a corner. If you can't manage your surroundings or physically hold back your dog, it sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Also, unless something has changed since I worked there, I believe petsmart has a sign on the front doors that says only vaccinated and non-aggressive dogs are allowed in the store. It's perfectly reasonable for people to assume that all the dogs that enter the store are not aggressive, because they shouldn't be. It's not smart for them to ignore your request to keep their dog away from yours just because his tail is wagging and they think that means he is friendly, but I think the amount of knowledge the average dog owner has about dogs is equal to the amount of knowledge your average TV viewer has about programming their TV. Just because they have one doesn't mean they know a thing about it.
|10-05-2013 03:34 AM|
|Sarah~||I am not sure about the GSD club, the trainer I had over to my house said he had trained GSDs before. I live in Wichita Kansas, when I looked online for a trainer I didn't see very many options in my area but I haven't checked for a club yet.|
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