Is my dog showing signs of aggression?
Ok. Since I'm working on breaking focus when she's fixated on her shadow chasing, she's getting much better at it btw, how would I break focus on prey drive? She's 15 months.
Here's what I'm doing so far, I've been doing the "look" command and working on her name. Unfortunately, I wasn't home yesterday (2nd shift rotation) and my wife took Abby for a walk around the apartment complex. As they're walking, my wife hears a *jingling* sound... The sound of dog tags. She turns around and it's a small weiner dog off leash with no owner in sight. My wife tells Abby to be a good girl and the weiner comes up and they do a Sniff exchange. Everything was calm until the owner showed up running towards them. I understand that his dog is off leash, I'd be running too but it triggered Abby to have a high level of excitement and she was pulling hard while the owner picked up his dog. Abby barked twice (from the way DW describes it, it was a whiney bark, as if she wanted to play). From that point, how do I break that focus? How would you correct your dog? I've never used a prong on my girl because she walks just fine with a flat or harness.
The owner apologizes then talks to his dog, "Are you looking to get eatin boy?" What my wife did was she grabbed Abby by the collar and pulled up while pressing the body down. Abby went to a sit position and my wife put her arms around Abby to keep her from pulling again.
Another incident, we were walking at night and in the distance, a young woman was walking her 2 small dogs. She pulled them to the side so we can walk pass them. I told Abby to be a good girl and we were just passing by them. All of a sudden, the small dogs bark and Abby turns around and pulls to the point where she's almost in a standing position (upper torso in the air). My girl doesn't bark much but she pulls when excited. Through all that, I had a high value treat in my hand and trying to get her attention but in the end, I just pulled her and we walked away telling her to "leave it". Just from my point of view, it didn't look like aggression to me but then again, this is my first dog. Honestly, she was poorly socialized with other dogs and I regret it so much but she doesn't bark or show teeth to other dogs. Would you say this whole incident was aggression or what's your opinion and what can I do to better everything? She's never been to OB classes and everything she knows is from everything I learned from this forum. Do you think it's time I got a trainer or is it still manageable by me?