|10-16-2013 09:39 PM|
|10-16-2013 10:18 AM|
|fuzzybunny||Although your pup was most likely playing and doing what puppies do, you really need to ensure this doesn't happen again. It could have serious repercussions for you. As a runner, perhaps I take a little bit of a different stance on this. I try to be respectful of dogs as best I can by giving them space and not startling them but maybe that's because I have a dog so I'm more understanding or knowledgeable of dog behaviour. I don't know how scattered this group of dogs was but perhaps they were spread out enough that she thought there wasn't a danger going through them. In a couple of months your pup isn't going to look like a pup anymore and people may react a lot worse than she did. She has every right to go on a run and not have a dog nip her.|
|10-16-2013 05:42 AM|
I would still be a little cautious here. Phantom, my white GSD used to love to chase runners and cyclists, snapping at them. For her, this was along the same instinct lines of the greyhounds chasing the rabbits. With people walking etc. she was totally fine. For this chasing, reward based training did not work and she needed a very firm hand to teach her that it was not OK to snap at people. I did not like being so firm on my baby girl, but would have sooner that than risk her being destroyed.
While your doggy may have had every right morally to snap at the stupid runner ploughing through the middle of a group of dogs, sadly that wont matter if your dog gets reported.
While this is a fairly typical puppy behavior, it is probably the most important behavior to break, for your dogs good.
All the best - James
|10-16-2013 04:52 AM|
|LondonKetchup||Thanks. I was wondering the same thing about the woman running through the pack. And yep, they were all of leash. I think you are right about the ''that which runs, must be chased'' thing. She definitely likes to run after anyone that runs by unexpectedly in the street. We haven't had problems with this because she listens very well and always stops if tell her to.|
|10-15-2013 06:24 PM|
|angryrainbow||Sounds like your girl was herding and having fun, that is what she was bred to do, afterall. :P|
|10-15-2013 05:51 PM|
Lisl would one of the little predators.
That which runs must be chased.
I am working with Lisl on this, but at least her recall is outstanding. She has the highest prey drive I've ever seen in any GSD I've owned.
Someone passing us on the street at a walking pace will be ignored, but let that same person pass at a run or jog and it must be chased and hunted down.
We're working on it though.
|10-15-2013 05:18 PM|
Who does that?
Who runs around, through a group of dogs close enough for one of them to bite their bum??? That is just nuts. Were the dogs all off-lead?
You really can't ask to see someone's bum. But I would pay close attention to the pup so that you can watch your puppies reaction around joggers, particularly. He might have an elevated prey drive, or some herding dogs will nip when they feel someone is encroaching on their pack, or if they want people to go in a certain direction. Both things require for you to let the dog know, with clarity that this is unacceptible, but you have to do this with good timing -- no point now.
Could be, "that which runs, must be chased."
Could be, "hey, move out, move out, go that way."
Watch for either scenario in your puppy. Little herders will sometimes try and herd children together, and herd outsiders away. And little predators will run after anything that runs. So it could be natural drives/instincts that caused the behavior, but that doesn't mean you cannot channel the drives in a better way or control the behavior spurred by the instinct.
|10-15-2013 05:07 PM|
|LondonKetchup||I guess bums are just too tempting when they are finally big enough to reach them! I will just pay more attention to her from now on when there are runners around but thanks for sharing. I definitely feel better after hearing that other dogs her age are also bum biters.|
|10-15-2013 04:55 PM|
|Neko||Zeus at 6 month chased my mother in law and bit her bum lol. It was all play not aggression.|
|10-15-2013 04:52 PM|
|LondonKetchup||Thanks for the reply. Now that I've thought about it after calming down a bit, I think she was probably just playing and because the woman ran up behind her like the other dogs were doing, she might have been scared or thought it was a dog|
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