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04-10-2014 01:18 PM
Chip18
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Personally.. I would stop taking him to the dog park if those are the issues you are having. Research, Resource Guarding, if you haven't already, and it might help to consult a trainer just so they can help.

Is it necessary to be able to go to the dog park?
Yep that's a problem looking for a place to happen!

Leerburg | Dog Parks: Why They Are A Bad Idea


An attack or two and your dog will 'feel" you can't protect him and you'll be starting a "My dog was attacked at a Dog Park and know he hates other dogs" threads.
04-10-2014 12:33 PM
Hunter4628
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Small incidents lead to larger ones, trust me on this one. I watched my dog "mature" and small scuffles quickly turned into "I'm going to murder you."

You shouldn't allow your dog to play with their toys in front of other dogs. If you want to keep going to the dog park, you keep toys out of there UNLESS you are using that toy to interact with your dog. I don't mind a tug toy at a dog park if you're playing tug with your dog and its not around other dogs. It's a great way to reward your dog, and many times a great way to get them to come to you when something is happening.

You're young, and a little na´ve, I was the same way when I first got my dog. I knew what I had, a powerful GSD and there weren't many dogs in the dog park that scarred me. I knew my boy could take care of things. Problem is, one day, he'll run into a dog that can do way more damage than that husky did. You have a young male, who if he had run into MY male and decided to resource guard something my male wanted, would've had a lot more than just a cut below his eye. This is why I rarely go to dog parks, and when I do, I rarely allow him to interact with other dogs. The park is for us to walk and be able to work on some things with distractions. I take it upon myself to not only protect MY dog but to protect the other dogs from the damage that my dog can do.

Dog owners love to say "they'll work it out." They usually only say that until they see blood, or a dog truly pissed off and going for the jugular. You'll get it one day when you see people not want your GSD to play with their dogs, probably not understand why, and come on this forum and tell us all about how he's the "sweetest boy in the world." Where in truth, he's a dog capable of doing a lot of damage, and until you realize that and accept it, you're going to put a lot of dogs in danger.

thanks.. I'll take your word
04-10-2014 11:44 AM
martemchik Small incidents lead to larger ones, trust me on this one. I watched my dog "mature" and small scuffles quickly turned into "I'm going to murder you."

You shouldn't allow your dog to play with their toys in front of other dogs. If you want to keep going to the dog park, you keep toys out of there UNLESS you are using that toy to interact with your dog. I don't mind a tug toy at a dog park if you're playing tug with your dog and its not around other dogs. It's a great way to reward your dog, and many times a great way to get them to come to you when something is happening.

You're young, and a little na´ve, I was the same way when I first got my dog. I knew what I had, a powerful GSD and there weren't many dogs in the dog park that scarred me. I knew my boy could take care of things. Problem is, one day, he'll run into a dog that can do way more damage than that husky did. You have a young male, who if he had run into MY male and decided to resource guard something my male wanted, would've had a lot more than just a cut below his eye. This is why I rarely go to dog parks, and when I do, I rarely allow him to interact with other dogs. The park is for us to walk and be able to work on some things with distractions. I take it upon myself to not only protect MY dog but to protect the other dogs from the damage that my dog can do.

Dog owners love to say "they'll work it out." They usually only say that until they see blood, or a dog truly pissed off and going for the jugular. You'll get it one day when you see people not want your GSD to play with their dogs, probably not understand why, and come on this forum and tell us all about how he's the "sweetest boy in the world." Where in truth, he's a dog capable of doing a lot of damage, and until you realize that and accept it, you're going to put a lot of dogs in danger.
04-09-2014 03:09 PM
MaggieRoseLee The smart thing we all do when a problem starts is being PROactive and getting help BEFORE the issue gets worse (and they usually do). When what I try isn't improving the situation, or if I just don't know what to do, I have to get help.

The best and fastest way is to 'use' someone who's worked with hundreds of people and their dogs. Hey, I'm raising puppy #5 and though each of my other 4 were wonderful dogs I'm already into week 3 of classes with my 12 week old puppy. Smart training is faster and less frustrating for my pup and for me.

Plus it prevents many situations from ever even coming up!
04-09-2014 03:05 PM
ApselBear
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By the way he never got into a scuffle with another dog.
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Whenever we are at the dog park he will get mad if any dog tries to play with me. He would try to chase the dog away and nip at them...
Sounds like other scuffles to me, minus injury. You will benefit from working with a trainer.
04-09-2014 02:55 PM
Hunter4628
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http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post5350201
Looks like we've had an incident. I'd definitely recommend you find a trainer/obedience class.
By the way it was caused because he got mad at another dog taking his favorite toy he was just playing with.. He dropped the toy and the husky picked it up and they were fighting and I broke it up

By the way he never got into a scuffle with another dog.
04-09-2014 02:50 PM
ApselBear http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post5350201
Looks like we've had an incident. I'd definitely recommend you find a trainer/obedience class.
04-09-2014 12:53 PM
Blanketback Be very careful with the high value rewards around a dog that's having guarding issues already. More than likely, your dog will get snarky with the other dog in close proximity.
04-09-2014 12:21 PM
martemchik Actually...right now is the perfect time to solve this. Avoiding the problem is not always the best solution, and at the moment your problem isn't that huge.

You have to show the dog that its YOUR choice when and with who you choose to interact and its not his decision to drive other dogs away from you...especially friendly dogs.

Since he's currently not being extremely aggressive, you can correct this behavior. Just don't allow him to chase away the other dog. Put him on lead, make him sit, and pet the other dog, then pet him, then pet both at the same time. If he tries to go at the other dog, correct him. If he tries to get in between you and the other dog, correct him and put him in a sit or a down next to you while you pet the other dog.

Start out slow, and only do this for a second or two with a dog you're noticing your dog is having problems with. Of course after a few pets, reward your dog with something of high value to him.
04-09-2014 12:16 PM
MaggieRoseLee To me, shows he's in charge of your relationship. Who you say hey to. Who you relate with.

In my life, my dog isn't in charge of my relationships. I am.

Leadership isn't something many of us naturally have in a relationship with our dogs. But if we don't get it, there can be alot of problems when the dog has been led to believe they are the leader in the relationship with their human. Funny how it makes them more insecure and fearful cause they don't actually have the skills and knowledge to be in charge when we leave it to them.

One of the many reasons many of us go to dog classes is it's such a simple way to shift the relationship back to normal with us as the leader. Fun, easy, clear to the dog.

Another good resource is The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell. Great book and an easy read, not an obedience book so I always love that!

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