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Hey there I have recently joined the forum but have been a reader for some time, I recently re homed a GSD/BC mix although I would definately say the GSD is more in him due to his size and temperament although I could be wrong. I have had jack for around two three months now and in most ways is a fabulous dog. He is around 5 from what I am told neutered and I am his third owner he currently lives with myself my partner our 9 year old collie cross and 6 years old Border collie. To give a little background information he was a dog walkers dog for the most part is quite good with other dogs although can err on the side of dominance and does not like to be challenged by other dominant dogs. My BC bitch is very dominant and always has been in our household towards my older cross. I introduced all dogs on neutral territory gradually introducing from a distance passing by and playing follow the leader from a distance as my other two dogs aren't very well socialised due to being rescues although they are improving. On meeting my older collie, (Jack GSD) showed a little dominance which was easily resolved as my older boy is happy to take the submissive role 9/10. And will submit even now if (Jack GSD ) so much as sniffs at him. My bitch BC is as I previously said very dominant over other dogs and will challenge them for coming near me which I do not tolerate. Jack will avoid me if BC has challenged him as she will attempt to nip him away as I say I don't allow this behaviour but not sure if I should allow the pecking order to form properly without too much intervention aslong as no serious damage is done. The dogs are at this point never left alone unattended but are exercised together.
I have two issues with Jack (GSD) I would like to iron out.
1, when he is unsure of a new situation or of a person or if he feels bored if we stop for a break on a walk he will bark very loudly which doesn't bother me although other people have commented on it as they find it a bit intimidating.
2, I just resently allowed the two male dogs to excercise of lead together for the first time as I had found a secure field for them both dogs played very nicely at first but when it came to shouting them back in Jack started to chase my older dog down which I feelwas in full hunt mode I have never seen the dog act like this was as if a switch had went off with him it made me older boy very nervous to run near him luckily he is faster and got away which was a shame because it was a breakthrough to see them playing. Also when playing fetch he becomes quite hyped up over it where as the other two love it but its very much controlled. I look forward to people's opinions and ways of improving the behavious and chaneling the prey drive more appropriately.
 

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Jack does have an a very high drive and when he gets in drive (which he does very quickly) he shuts everything out so he needs to have to have daily practice training sessions with him alone with you and not with your other dogs present. At these sessions he can learn to concentrate on you and also that at the end he will get a reward that will be very fun for him. You may also want to sign up for a class if available in your area. I would practice his heeling, sit/stay, down/stay, and the quiet command. When he barks because he is bored, he needs to be taught to be quiet and that you will not move until he is. Putting your hand over the top of his nose will help him stop barking. The practice training sessions should end with a reward that will channel his prey drive. An excellent outlet is fetch/tug (I use 2 tugs tied to leashes and my Sting has to wait on the down/stay - when I give the release command he comes charging at one tug which I have "made to run" on the ground - he pulls - I drop it and grab the other one and so on. It ends with Sting winning (that is the important part because that is what satisfies the prey drive) - I praise him for being the winner and when he brings the tugs to me - he gets a treat. For your other dogs, I would not have him play especially with the male because of the risk of injury to the male. But I would walk them side by side - on leashes - start with your partner walking one dog and you the other - keep a distance of about 15 ft. at first and don't have the 2 dogs on the same side - as they get better you can reduce the distance, as they improve more - they can walk on the same side and you may be able to walk them together. This helps because when a dog is going for a walk he is on a hunting expedition and by walking the 2 dogs together - it tells both dogs that are hunting together so Jack begins to learn that your other dog is not prey.
 
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