|10-24-2013 03:19 PM|
What will happen, is eventually your GSD will learn to avoid your other dog when it becomes frustrated. That will make him a moving target. OR your GSD will begin to challenge your other dog when he gets to that level of frustration. Your GSD will learn to raise it's level of frustration when outside distractions occur.
The trick is to either avoid the trigger - put up a solid fence, keep your dogs crated when you aren't home, etc. Or try to find a different source for your dog to redirect it's frustration on. Or train your dog(s) not to react to the outside trigger.
|10-24-2013 03:05 PM|
|10-24-2013 03:05 PM|
|BMWHillbilly||My sister's female GSD does this to my female GSD when someone is walking down the street. Dolly is alpha and does the protecting and doesn't like Jazzy or my lab, Cisco to be too close to her when she is in her alert/protective mode. Both my dogs bark too but Dolly is the yard/house sentinel. :-) If Dolly is not outside then Jazzy takes over sentry duty.|
|10-24-2013 02:52 PM|
My roommate's dog does this to my GSD when someone walks by the fence.
IMO I think she is redirecting her aggression. She get's frustrated and lashes out at the thing closest to her which is usually my GSD or my roommate's other dog.
|10-24-2013 02:48 PM|
The reason why Cudi is snapping is because he is frustrated. A lot of dogs will re-direct their frustration to other objects / animals when they get to the level where they have to find an outlet for thier frustration. It's the same thing with dogs who fence fight - one dog on one side, one dog on the other. They go at it like maniacs. But take both dogs out into society and they are quiet and friendly (but not always with eachother at that point).
Training helps. My GSD and my Golden are enemies. I have to keep them seperated 24/7. When my GSD is in the back yard and my Golden is in the outdoor run, they'll fence fight. They don't when I'm home...but I'm not always home. I noticed a big tree by the outdoor run had chunks missing out of it, high on the trunk. I finally figured out that my GSD and Golden would fence fight and then my GSD would take his frustration out on the tree. Bad idea. I don't want broken teeth.
So - I leave large rope toys - rubber jolly balls (for horses) and on a branch on the tree I have a large jolly ball tied off. Now when he gets frustrated he'll kill the ball or snatch a toy and shake it. Saves his teeth and the tree.
|10-24-2013 02:27 PM|
|Bear L||I'd be curious about people's opinion on this one. I've two dogs - a female GSD and a male 9 lbs dog. The little male dog will bark at the gate and if the female GSD goes up to do it too sometimes the little male dog will tell the female GSD to bug off, like he doesn't want to share the role of guarding or something. It's not a problem as my female will back off and stare at the little one (instead of people outside) while the little one continues to bark off his head of which no one pays attention to because it sounds more cute than threatening.|
|10-24-2013 01:37 PM|
My Dog is snapping at my other dog and it's worrisome (to General Behavior)
I have Schatzi my GSD and Cudi my malamute. They get along, both are trained and socialized. When someone approaches the gate or the door Schatzi starts barking and I have no issue with that. My issue is when Cudi does it. I have noticed that every time he starts barking, howling, or sometimes growling and Schatzi gets near him he snaps at her and they get into a confrontation. It hasn't gotten to a point where they get into a fight, but Cudi has pushed it a bit and I am getting worried that I might get home one day and find them hurt because of it. Cudi only acts this way at home when someone is getting near the gate or our house. Never has he shown this type of behavior outside with people and/or dogs. Now my question is how can I prevent this from escalating. Nobody is home during the day. I have no issue with them barking when someone gets close to the house, I just want to find away to stop Cudi from snapping at Schatzi.
I don't know how to tackle this problem. When it happens and I am home I go outside and Schatzi runs towards me and Cudi snaps out of it. I just stand there and making him sit/stay until the person is gone. I don't know if I am doing it right. If you guys have any suggestion I would grateful.