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04-08-2014 03:47 PM
spinkamor
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Originally Posted by SunCzarina View Post
I would enroll him in a CGC or Therapy dog class, whatever you've got. The trainers there can do 2 things for you, work through the issues of him lunging at other dogs and also get him to a point he can pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Then you've got a piece of paper that certifies 'This is well behaved dog' That piece of paper comes in handy in many situations just like yours.
We're starting an intensive training program this Sunday for his dog-reactivity! This trainer is known for his rehabilitation for aggressive dogs, as well as other training programs like tracking and protection. During our assessment, he said Pumpkin isn't even that dog-aggressive, very easily fixable! I'm so glad.
I looked up the Canine Good Citizen, and they offer testing at a centre really close to me Once we get rid of his dog-reactivity, I'm sure he will pass with flying colours, he's a great dog.
Thanks for the advice!!
04-08-2014 03:42 PM
spinkamor
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Originally Posted by Ellimaybel View Post
Luckily I didn't have my GSD when I lived in my apartment (got him right before we moved to the house) but I can still totally relate. I had a downstairs neighbor that would bang on the walls when my 11 pound dog ran across the floor. I would pick up the furniture and drop it down on the floor and walk heavily the whole next day. I don't recommend this, it's a really immature approach and I'm not proud but it worked for me. Anyway, he would bark like crazy when people hung out in the halls talking and such and when they complained, I told them they rented out the inside of their apartment, not the common areas and if they didn't like the barking to move inside their own homes. I would tell them the same thing if Gunther were barking at them. Besides if you aren't there, how do you know this person isn't intentionally antagonizing your dog by knocking on the door as they walk by? I totally agree with you letting it go but still think you should set up some sort of recorder by the door to see what is really going on. It could be your dog is feeling threatened by someone who may be trying to get your dog kicked out.

So very long reply short, I've been there, done that. Good luck!
You're completely right! There actually is no need to complain since it's not affecting them inside their unit. "The dog barks behind the door when we walk by" How long does it take you to walk by?! I'm sure this person just wants him out because she's afraid of him. I feel a lot better knowing I'm not alone in these battles!

The last condo we were in, our downstairs neighbour kept coming up to complain that we were walking too loudly. Once, we were on the bed watching tv, and he STILL came up and banged on the door
Some people just need to understand that you have to adjust and adapt to condo/apartment living. If you're so peeved about little things like that, you should go move to a house!
04-07-2014 10:57 PM
SunCzarina I would enroll him in a CGC or Therapy dog class, whatever you've got. The trainers there can do 2 things for you, work through the issues of him lunging at other dogs and also get him to a point he can pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Then you've got a piece of paper that certifies 'This is well behaved dog' That piece of paper comes in handy in many situations just like yours.
04-07-2014 10:43 PM
Ellimaybel Luckily I didn't have my GSD when I lived in my apartment (got him right before we moved to the house) but I can still totally relate. I had a downstairs neighbor that would bang on the walls when my 11 pound dog ran across the floor. I would pick up the furniture and drop it down on the floor and walk heavily the whole next day. I don't recommend this, it's a really immature approach and I'm not proud but it worked for me. Anyway, he would bark like crazy when people hung out in the halls talking and such and when they complained, I told them they rented out the inside of their apartment, not the common areas and if they didn't like the barking to move inside their own homes. I would tell them the same thing if Gunther were barking at them. Besides if you aren't there, how do you know this person isn't intentionally antagonizing your dog by knocking on the door as they walk by? I totally agree with you letting it go but still think you should set up some sort of recorder by the door to see what is really going on. It could be your dog is feeling threatened by someone who may be trying to get your dog kicked out.

So very long reply short, I've been there, done that. Good luck!
04-07-2014 07:57 PM
spinkamor thanks for all your replies!!

I actually don't know who posted the note, they didn't write who it was. I have a feeling I know who it is since it's pretty rare to run into people in the halls. So if they know he's a shepherd, I must have seen them. I've only met one girl who looked terrified when we were waiting for the elevators and my boy was making whining noises and tiny impatient barks (not at her though), but I don't know which unit she lives in. Everyone else pets him and comments on how cute he is. I was going to post up a reply on my own door, defending myself, but since I can't give it to a specific person, I think I'll just leave it. I'll probably look crazy to my other neighbours who had no idea there was a problem to begin with.

He does bark when people stay outside my door and talk/laugh, I don't crate him, and I don't really want to, so I've resorted to putting all my chairs near the door to block him from going too near it. I also leave music on for him, to drown out noises from outside.

I agree, his barks SOUND aggressive simply because of his size/breed.

I'm doing my last semester in summer school and I'm ditching the condo. I can't wait!
04-07-2014 05:24 AM
kreese323 You have every reason to be upset. First of all, people need to realize that just because dogs bark, does not mean they're agressive. My dog barks at everybody but she's a very loving dog. It's natural instinct. I would reply back. They could have came and talked to you and been more polite about it. You have every right to defend yourself and your sweet boy.
04-07-2014 03:13 AM
Amurphy26 I was in a similar situation. I spoke to other neighbours and asked if my dogs were noisy when I wasn't in and explained about her dog reactiveness. The one who complained was terrified of dogs and didn't even have to walk past our house but just wanted the dogs gone. All my other neighbours said the dogs were fine and there were no problems. The complaining neighbour even got our local council to come round and check for noise pollution! In the end the council were happy, particularly when they knew I had spoken to others and was willing to work on any problems.


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04-05-2014 07:41 PM
cethlen1621 Do you know the neighbor and if they might be fairly reasonable? If they might be, I would approach them diplopmatically and ask specifics of if they walked by with dogs, explaining your dog's reaction to dogs and that you ARE working with it, and see if they'll participate as a witness in an experiment where you "leave" and have them walk by without then separately with the dog (if they have one) to see if your dog does react to either situation. If they ar poopheads, then you can explain if you'd like just in case, but maybe talk to the Association if needed to let them know what's going on and that you are working on things. Hard to say, but good luck!

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04-05-2014 04:09 PM
huntergreen the recording at home would be ideal. isn't less than 8 weeks till school is over?
04-05-2014 10:00 AM
Gwenhwyfair Does he bark at people when they walk by your door? If so I'd look into ideas to stop that. If not I'd set up some video to record that he isn't barking as people walk by should your neighbor push it.

Also have a friend record him while you have him outside showing that he is friendly and calm around people.

Then maybe stick a note to your door that you've got recordings and multiple objective witnesses to verify that your dog is not human aggressive in any way...if you so desire to take that last step....just to let the unknown neighbor know you are prepared to defend your dog and won't be an easy target.

Definately get evidence of your dog being friendly to people in multiple places and situations just in case...
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