Location: Northumberland, UK
Joined: Jun 2009
LENE, I have posted below my problem (with paragraphs)......I was just so busy writing, I didnt think, sorry!
If you can offer me anymore advice, or have experienced similar problems, that would be great........
I would really appreciate any ones advice as my problem with my dog is beginning to get worse!
I got my dog 4 years ago from a shelter.
She has been to puppy socialization classes and also doggy creche when she was two. She is excellent at her commands....sit, stay, wait and walking to heel etc.
She is loveable and recalls when off the lead......unless there is another dog and she will go bounding over to play!! That used to be the problem we had with her but now it has strangely moved on to something a lot more serious!
For the past few months, we have been unable to walk our dog past any other dogs when she is on the lead!! She started by howling at the other dog and jumping up, crying too.....as if she desperately wanted to play, which would make sense as she loves to play when off the lead!
Now though, it has changed to a lunge at the other dog and growls, snaps and showing her teeth aggressively!! This continues until I have managed to get her walking on past the dog to which she is then instantly calm and happy, tail wagging again!!
The problem is she is a very large, strong dog....we think she is a Belgium Shepherd crossbreed.......and I have to use all my might to keep a hold of her when she is lunging! I have twice fell to my knees whilst hanging on to her and once got completely tied up in a knot with her as she lunged at every angle she could to get to this other dog.....ending with me standing on her paw and us both in a heap on the floor!
Her aggressiveness/dominance usually sets off the other dog too and then there is two dogs going for each other which only makes my dog pull even harder on the lead!
I dont know why she behaves like this. She lives with a cat, we can take food away from her without growls, we dont play aggresive games with her and she is walked about three-four times a day.
I feel so embarrassed when she does this and I fear for what might happen if I accidently let go of her or the lead snaps!
Is she trying to protect me perhaps? I honestly dont know........and it is with every dog, big or small, apart from puppies, for some strange reason!!..........
Sorry this thread is long, I just wanted to give any one who is able to respond enough information.
Any advice would be really appreciated!
Thank you all