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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-08-2017, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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I just adopted a black German shepherd and he recently lost one of his back legs. I have a chihuahua and a cat. He usually does good with my other pets but He went after my chihuahua when she tried to play with a toy. How can I get him to pay attention so he doesn't walk on my other pets? How can I get him not to attack my other pets?
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Since your gsd is recovering from the loss of one of his legs, it is natural for him to be cranky and out of sorts. I would suggest trying to keep his toys in his kennel or crate, so he can play with them there and not be disturbed.
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Step one ... take a deep breath and relax! You can't help your dog in "Freak out or mode" or in seriously ticked off at this freaking dog mode. As was the case with me ...many years ago. Neither approach is to useful ... trust me on that.

I'm gonna guess that "because" your dog lost his leg and so sorry that happened! But it tugs at your heart ... but took him in and you'd think ...he'd be "grateful??" Forgot that it does not work like that, your dog has forgotten about it and you should to. My Rocky was a foster fail ... and he was a "Wobbly Dog" when I first saw him "Wobble" unto my lawn as a foster ... I cried and I thought to myself "there is a dog that will never find a home! Little did I know ... he already had!

But you know that episode aside ... he was the first Dog that sent me to the ER for stitches (breaking up one of five packs and H/A was to follow) so much for gratitude! But ... lessons learned and it all worked out in the long run.

First step is as you have discovered ... no more toys ... "if" this dog is not under control and right now ... he is not! You have a Cat and a Tiny Dog. Either of those alone is more than enough to send him back to rescue ... if it does not work out so well! But I'm gonna "assume" that is not what you want to happen??

I don't know how long you've had him?? But it does not matter start over and try again ... see the first link here. :

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/5296377-post8.html

That is not what I did when I got Rocky ... most likely I did what you did when I first got Rocky, here's the food and water there's the couch and the remote ... make yourself comfortable. He was dog three of two and that "laissez-faire" approach ... did not work out so well for me and Gunther ... lesson learned!

He (Rocky" needed more rules/structure and limitations then my "other dogs" once I clearly understood that ... it worked out fine.

The goal ... is gonna be "Self Extinguishing Behaviours." No free roaming in the home in doors he should be in "Place or in his Crate!" He should not be allowed to make "independent" decisions on how he "chooses" to deal with issues!

Train "Place" and no free roaming in the home details and walk him! And a lot of your "issues" will self extinguish.

He really does not sound that bad ... you just have to help him ... "make better choices." I got more if you'd like and Welcome aboard ... sorry it's a bumpy ride so far.
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Train "Place" and no free roaming in the home details and walk him! And a lot of your "issues" will self extinguish.
Hmm I messed up that should have been details on "Place available upon request."

But since I had to come back anyway ... Cat stuff is here. :

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/6715746-post2.html
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Thanks, he lost his leg about 2 months ago before I got him about a month ago. He is adjusting but has lapses into doing what he wants instead of listening to me. I do not allow him to run the house he has places he can or cannot be. He does well with that. I know loosing my temper or freaking out on him will make it worse so I watch to make sure I'm not making it worse. I have him on a schedule and training. I take him out on walks until he gets tired. Thanks for the links.
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