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Hello everyone! I have been reading comments on this website for ages now and needed to join! Our Nala is 7 months old and has definitely hit the teenager mark. She is a great girl has been a bit of a handful recently with leash pulling, very selective hearing and a bit of what we think is on lead aggression to other dogs. When we are on lead she will see another dog, stalk low to the ground like a cat but looks playful then if allowed over to it will sniff but we can tell she's tense, hackles go up slowly then she will sometimes growl and or bark but calms down and just watches when taken away. I trust her behaviour and don't think she'd snap in the situation but we want her to know it's not okay so she leaves the situation when she does it. We noticed it happens more frequently when the other dog is off leash but she is on. She's fine with other dogs when off leash but likes rough play and is very vocal. Has anyone else experienced this?
We have tried coaxing her with a really good treat like cheese or raw mince to take her focus away from the other dog. We speak very reassuringly and in a calm tone when she meets other dogs and praise her afterwards if it was a good encounter. We try not to tighten the leash but she is a strong girl! She has met lots of other dogs but we often think we may not have socialised her enough when she was young. She would play with dogs she met when out in the park (usually just one to one) but didn't arrange regular 'play dates' as such. Any help would be much appreciated, thank you and hello!!
 

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Hello, what a beautiful dog and setting!

I'm no expert, just a pet-owner, but my first GSD was reactive to other dogs. With the help of a trainer, he mostly learned not to react to other dogs. What helped us was to be calm and assertive when seeing other dogs(take a deep breath, try not to convey tension or nervousness. I might focus on being assertive rather than reassuring at these times, depending on what you are doing when you say you are reassuring--a bunch of pats and baby talk, ect, probably won't help her). Give a leash correction right when she starts to focus in on another dog, before a reaction, (the instant she starts to lower her head to zone in, for instance), then give a command like "leave it" or "sit" or "heel," or whatever gets her attention, and reward her for obedience. Anyway, that is just what we do. I've never really bothered with food/treats to get attention for things like this, b/c in my experience they're just not interested.

She is gorgeous, welcome to the forum.
 

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Gorgeous! Dog and photo! I visited your beautiful country a few years ago, had a great time!

The leash reactiveness is fairly normal and common. Best thing to do is to teach her that she doesn't get to meet a dog if she is acting up. Turn in the other direction and move away until she calms down. Then try again. Every time she acts up, repeat. She will learn that she gets nothing when she acts up.
 
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