Beginning Dog Aggression
Hondo will be two next month. He is a well behaved, aloof dog who is still intact. He has a high tolerance to most things. I haven't found anything (besides a toothbrush) that he is afraid of. He is a very confident dog. On leash he is non reactive to everything. He might focus on a cat, but will not attempt to chase. On a leash, he will not acknowledge another dog and stay focused on me.
We are in the country. Occassionally there will be a stray dog who comes on to our property. In the past if a dog comes on our property I could control Hondo off leash. Once the dog sees Hondo and hears the other dogs barking it'll high tail it.
Within the past few weeks, Hondo has now started to become reactive. Only off leash, and only on our place. He will chase and ignore the recall until the dog is off the property. Only then he'll turn around and come back to me. It is only a matter of time before he'll continue the chase.
More suprising to me is yesterday he attacked my older Golden during a thunderstorm when the Golden (who is afraid of thunder) jumped up and tried to hide behind me while I sat on a porch swing. I was between the dogs. Never has he done this before. Hubby was there and snatched him before anyone was injured. Remaining on the porch, with the Golden hiding behind hubby, I worked Hondo...hard. Not allowing him to focus at all on the Golden. I provided a lot of rewards to Hondo while hubby hand fed the Golden.
I spoke to my trainer, and she wants him back in training. Which is what I'm leaning towards. He does have a foot injury that requires for me to limit his exercise.
Can anyone see anything that I might be missing? Taking him back to training is a win/win for both of us. But I want to make sure I'm not missing something.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
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Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA