GSD – JAKE
PROBLEM – DOMINANCE BEHAVIOUR AND HUMAN AGGRESSION
Rob and Tracey contacted me about the behaviour of their 10 month old GSD Jake.
He was a persistent and hard mouther, using his teeth to dissuade his owners from getting him to do things he didn’t want to.
He was totally hyperactive in the home, rarely settling down for a minute and he made their pet cat’s life a nightmare.
The cat could not be in the same room as Jake and life was becoming very stressful for all involved.
To add to that, he was a terrible lead puller, in fact Tracey was totally unable to walk him due to an elbow injury and worst of all, he would lunge in an aggressive manner at passers-by.
On attending to assess Jake it became clear that here was a dog of naturally high rank who was trying to impose his will on his owners. Despite his young age, Jake was already a big, powerful-looking dog who needed to have some boundaries in his life before things got much worse. I should add that Rob and Tracey were experienced GSD owners and no mugs when it came to owning a large guarding breed.
I observed his lunging behaviour at first hand when I approached Rob and Jake in the road near their home.
Rob, who is a physically fit rugby player was barely able to hold him as he lunged at me, snarling and growling with teeth bared. Imagine how frightening this would be to an unsuspecting pedestrian.
Problems in the home pale into insignificance when aggressive behaviour outside develops, with potential threats to the public and possible Police involvement.
Jake was only going to get stronger and the chances of him connecting with one of his lunges were just going to get greater.
Here was a dog who needed strong leadership and handling both inside and outside the home if he wasn’t to become a very significant problem to his owners.
Rob and Tracey followed my instructions to the letter and as a result, Jake’s behaviour was changed very quickly. This is what they had to say.
“Jake was mouthing big-time and we had the marks to prove it. He was becoming a nightmare in the house but things are much calmer now. The mouthing has stopped and we can now control him around the cat although we still have to be very vigilant. The cat can now come in the room on our laps and although Jake never takes his eyes off him, he isn’t jumping on him like before.
On that very first day you saw yourself how he lunges at passers-by in the street, but amazingly he has not done it since. Your methods have certainly worked and he is now much more under our control. We know we still have plenty of work to do with his recall, but that is down to us to put in the time and effort. We now have a dog who is much calmer and better behaved thanks to your help”. Tracey and Rob