I'm new to this forum and would really appreciate advice's and tips from all GSD owners. I am a first time GSD parent and had thus far have had no problems with my daughter, Eva (18 months now), until she starts displaying an aggressive alter ego.
I will try to elaborate from the time I bought her as a puppy hitherto.
I bought Eva when she was 12 weeks old from a breeder in Rayong (Central Thailand). I already have a male (22 pounds) neutered 10 year old Miniature American Eskimo, Simba (almost 12 now).
Simba had been my only baby until Eva came along. He is a very loving and adorable boy but he never plays with other dogs or pets nor show any interest towards other animals. He's tolerant but can be aggressive when other dogs are too much in his face. Very loving towards people.
When Eva joined our household Simba accepted her but not once played with Eva the playful little pup.
I started training Eva with the basics commands which she excels in. I was then living in my Bangkok house in the very heart of the city. We had a front and back yard but we took both Eva and Simba to the only dog park almost everyday to socialize with other dogs and people.
Eva was a hyperactive little girl (the reason I picked her among the litters). She's very intelligent and had progress from verbal commands to also understand hand signals and gestures. She was doing great and socializes well with all dogs and people.
3 months later I bought 2 Shihtzus, Tia and Hotdog to be additional members of my family. Eva was a very good big sister to them, tolerating the 2 little ones with gentleness.
I thought it was all well and perfect so I bought a poodle, Look Jeen, to be our latest family member. Then Mocca, a Thai Bangkeaw Dog joins us as the youngest family member.
As I wanted them to have land to roam free, we moved to my estate in Northeastern Thailand. With acres of land and 2 ponds they were happy and free. All of them except for Simba (who remains aloof), will wrestle, tumble and swim daily. Our nearest neighbours are 2-3 kilometres away on all sides.
Except for Simba, they will all roam my estate farther afield but never failed to come home, on their own reconnaissance or called.
I never leashed all my babies at our estate. Just a collar on each. They all have perfect recall.
First problem started when Mocca came home with a neighbour's prize fighting rooster in his mouth. Then it worsens, Tia was next, then Hotdog and finally Eva.
The first 3 incidents were bad enough as compensation had to be made. But Eva's incident was not just a killing but rather a rampage on someone else's property that police were called in.
I started fencing my estate and it temporarily solved the problem. Then Eva strikes again
In Thailand, monks collects alms every morning but they had never come near our house as I had signs stating 'Beware of Dogs' at the entrance of our private road.
Well, Eva (16 months then) was not a guard dog material as she never barks at strangers though protective of us, so I thought. The guard dog duty falls upon Mocca, our TBD
. Popular guard dogs amongst us Thais.
One morning I heard screams and rushed out the house to find Eva attacking a monk while Mocca attacks another. It was a traumatic and costly experience. It was an incident with much exaggeration on the monks part saying things like we trained our dogs to kill.
Anyway, since monk's are revered here we decided to moved to our other house for some time, also in the Northeast but in a province well known for being the most dog friendly in Thailand. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere here.
All was well again until 4 weeks ago, Eva attacked Simba viciously. I had to grab on to him while he bit down and shakes Simba like a toy. My wife eventually prised her jaw opened with a metal spatula. It happened in our living room on the first floor. Simba suffered 2 puncture wounds just under his neck that required 3 stitches each.
Simba was hospitalised for a week. We did not anticipated another attack because when we brought Simba home, Eva was wagging her tail but 10 minutes later without any provocation, Eva attacked Simba again. This time around, Simba's got 2 puncture wounds and his neck was fractured. He was discharged from the hospital yesterday and still recuperating at home.
From the time we moved to this city, I took Eva along with the others to the park twice daily (2-3 hours each time). In between the time Eva had first attacked Simba, she had attacked a Siberian Husky, a Doberman and a Labrador at the park. The Siberian Husky was badly hurt while the others not serious though.
During the attack on the Husky she accidently bit me on my head when I dove to break them up. She was apologetic and kept licking my wound after the incident.
I almost forgot, when I bought Eva I had gathered some history of her mom and dad. Her dad is a big docile male but her mom had histories of aggressive behaviour and had once seriously attacked a vet while being treated. Also Eva's alter ego never barks or growl prior to an attack thus making her unpredictable.
Please...please! Can anyone help us to sort Eva out. Giving her away is not an option for us but we need her to be able to live with Simba again without fearing another attack on him, our other babies and other dogs or people in general. All advice's are greatly appreciated.
I apologize for the lengthy explanation to my predicament. Thanking all in advance!