GSD aggresive to other dogs when out.

Posted by Col
May 19, 2010

Hi all.
I am just reading through this forum for the first time .
I have posted this a sa reply also to another thread, so sorry to repeat it .
We got Chara ( Greek for happiness) a small GSD/collie/wolf???? from the RSPCA about a 1.5 years ago . She was a stray and was very scared of other Dogs.
She is approximately 2.5 now and a very good clever dog freindly with visitors and very gentle to people she has no other aggression issues and lots of energy, doing well with general commands and very bright.
She quickly became extremely aggressive to other dogs when out. Real red zone looking reaction.
We follow most of the tips in the guides and advice listed on similar threads .
She is not interested in treats when out but loves her frisby.
We can get about 15 yards from other dogs and she will lie down with her frisby and be calm as long as the dog does not approach or get excited.
She also has a strange curiosity to dogs in the distance happy to follow at a distance.

We have a Collie as well he is a great dog from a broken home had him a month. he is very freindly and loves all animals we hope she will learn all is well watching him.
After a very loud 5 mins when we got him all is fine and she loves being with him.She never turns on him even if another Dog sets her off.

She will play with another free range large sheepdog that wanders near us called Max (Do not worry he is well looked after and has loving owners) she is allways agrresive on seeing him but he puts her down physically ( its like a Ninja move) then she is fine happy to follow him about.

Our parents have a border terrier and he is crazy for play. Everytime we visit we have 5 mins of hell then she chills and turns into a puppy endlessly playing.
Our freinds have a older heinz she also puts Chara in her place and she is then happy and playful with this dog.
We put the muzzle on Chara when she first meets these dogs to avoid any potential bites.
She gives good focus on me and obeys commands off lead (leash to you Transatlantic cousins ) and and she will lie down when she sees dogs in the distance. I feel she may respond well without lead on but cannot take risk with strangers dogs. I have had some success when Max is about.

Any ideas folks .
It is dificult to consitently " time out " as both dogs need a good 1-2 hours a day and we have to work etc.
The "Alarm - no" works well but again not consistently ,we do try and time this well and look out for her level of aggression.