|10-19-2013 09:36 AM|
Also food times should be enforcing your pack structure and general obedience of your dogs.
I call my dogs, get there food bowls filled and wait and watch for the most calm dog. They will all sit and give me eye contact. I decide which one is getting it first and hold the bowl over it's head again and wait a few moments and just look it in the eye. I'll wait if the dogs gaze is hovering between my eyes and the bowl. Then put the food down and go on to the next dog.
Basically the most excited dog gets the food last. The dogs soon learn to be patient and calm around the food.
I always supervise and pick up the bowls as they finish. If a dog is finished and is getting too close to another dog I'll move them away and sit them like 5 feet away and crouch between it and the other feeding dogs.
After doing this a few times the dogs can all relax during their meal time and eat their food with out any hassle from another dog. I never separate dogs during meals or any time really except peak heat time.
|10-19-2013 09:18 AM|
dont walk her offleash
shes really submissive it sounds, she needs to build conf like the other poster said
|10-19-2013 08:59 AM|
Walking a dog off leash is a bad idea.
If it sees a cat and runs or runs from an approaching dog then it can get hit by a car.
|10-19-2013 12:49 AM|
Thank you so much for the quick replies!
In truth, these replies are very reassuring to me. My Shepherd is very obedient, and ive been trying to spend some extra alone time with her recently. I walk her around my neighborhood(she walks without her collar, is this ok? she walks right next to me unless i give her the ok do sniff around). And when my pitbull starts to harass her, i seperate them and correct him, but i want her to stand up to him on her own.
Again, thanks for the help!
|10-19-2013 12:37 AM|
First off, good fir you for taking a GSD with special needs!!! It is obvious you love her.
Now for the question, it is NOT your dogs responsibility to stand up for herself. It is YOUR responsibility to not allow another pack member to bully her.
She has been forced into a submissive position by a puppy and by your lack of intervention. A very submissive dog won't eat around very dominant dogs, they won't attempt to play it Hain control if an object if the dominant dog is there.
You need to step up and step in between your pit puppy and CORRECT the pit puppy for being a bully. No dog has the right to decide who YOU pet and interact with. You pay the bills, you buy the food, you decide who you let and for how long. Period.
Next, you girl needs to learn some confidence. Obedience training, agility, hiking, with her alone will let her find herself and build confidence. She needs to figure out how to be a strong dog without the bullying of a housemate. They need separate time with you.
Next. You need to get control of the pit puppy. They are already a strong pushy breed. Your pup needs to learn deference and self control, or when the time comes, and your GSD does assert herself, your pit will push back harder and fight will ensue. It us not a breed that can be allowed to make the rules.
All dogs in the house need individual training, interaction and appropriate direction.
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|10-18-2013 11:59 PM|
|Nikitta||Doh; I don't know enough about this to chime in. I hope the experts here can tell you more. You did come to a good place though. These people are great and know this breed better then anyone.|
|10-18-2013 11:53 PM|
|selzer||How long have you had the pit bull puppy? eight months?|
|10-18-2013 11:44 PM|
My perfect little angel isnt so perfect :/
Hello everyone! I was looking into a matter concerning my lovely german shepherd and found your forum, so i decided to register and take my inquiry to you all I hope this isnt out of place. Anywho
Ive had my german shepherd Jenova to close to four years now. She was born with an enlarged esophagus, and therefore a pain to deal with. Her breeder didnt want to give her the attention she needed, so they passed her off to a good friend of mine and his family. This friend's mother has been dealing with dogs her entire life, and trained Jenova to the best of her ability. Things between her previous became tense, as she was rather unruly as a pup, so they decided to pass her on to me and my family, as we had just lost our husky to old age. Things were rough at first to say the least. We did everything we thought was right, and the bad behavior eventually stopped.
Fast forward to 8 or so months ago. We were anticipating the passing of our beagle, who's teetering on 14 at this point, so we got another puppy. This time we got a pitbull. The pitbull's progress is still shaky, but that is not the purpose of this thread. Our pitbull thinks he's in charge. End of story. All of the treats are his. All of the toys are his. All of the attention is his. We are trying to deal with this, but i fear our poor shepherd is being left by the wayside. Anytime we do anything with the pit, shes on top of us and vice versa. But she doesnt do anything! When we play with him, she walks up, and flops on the floor in front of us. Ive tried playing with the both of them, but she just won't do it. I try throwing the tennis ball for them, because she usually loves to play catch, but with him around, she just wont do it. She'll run a few feet with the ball, and then drop it, never touching it again. She also wont eat with the other dogs present, nor will she accept treats. I know she likes them, because ive given them to her when the other dogs arent around.
I fear in trying to correct Jenova's erratic behavior as a pup, we've made her into a submissive dog. I understand that she's supposed to submit to me and the rest of the people in the family, but i dont want her to be that way with the other dogs. I want her to stand up for herself and show my pit whos in charge. I think we left it unnoticed for so long because we assumed it was just good behavior. She's terrified of me. When she knows shes done something wrong, she finds a corner and wont come out, no matter what. Sometimes she even pees on the floor. I feel so bad for her because shes my baby, my little angel, and im afraid that ive messed her up for life. Can anyone help me?
Im sorry for such a long post, i was trying to be as thorough to the situation as possible.