AimeeM Posted September 14, 2012 Share Posted September 14, 2012 *Please don't flame! I'm just asking advice* We have a wonderful GSD (Luke). He is almost 3 years old. He is a joy to have around - so long as it's only *us* (our immediate family - myself, my husband, and our three children). He lays next to Baby Schmoo's moses basket every night, never leaving his side, plays calmly and is very tolerant of our 3 year old DS, attached at the hip to our 11 year old DD, cuddles on the couch with me during the day.... About a year ago we had to resort to using a shock collar (I know, it isn't popular); if he chased one more stroller down our road, or went after one more "perceived threat" in our subdivision (i.e. any old lady walking, any UPS man making deliveries) we were terrified we would have the Dog Police on the patio to take away our Luke (read: he was showing aggression and we were at our wit's end). Let me caveat with this for a second: He HAS been in obedience class - and he spent most of the time in "time out" for not playing nicely or growling at the other dogs (this was over a year ago). We left the class and decided he needed more one-on-one training. Fast forward to now. The shock collar was short lived and seemed to very nicely do the trick with the aggression issue. For quite a while he did wonderfully - he sat nicely when someone came to the door, walked nicely, etc. His only "bad habit" left seemed to be chewing - he was destructive if we left the house and tore up any blinds within his reach, furniture, etc; so we started muzzling when we left the house. Worked great. Eventually we would forget to muzzle here and there until it seemed to no longer be needed. Within the past several weeks it's BAD again. He acts homicidal towards anyone who comes to the door in a uniform (he has an issue with uniforms it seems). This becomes an issue because he weighs as much as I do and I don't usually have notice when a UPS man is going to walk up with something I need to sign for; it is difficult (sometimes impossible) for me to answer the door without him lunging at the uniform. This seems to be an "aggression" issue with him. Again, only really a problem with "uniforms". Now, when someone comes IN the house to visit, it's different. Still a problem, but different. He isn't "aggressive" - he's overly friendly. All 90 lbs of him will jump on said visitor and lick, often knocking down the recipient. The last several times I've had a visitor, I have to put him in our bedroom for the duration of the visit (I tried to let him out, but he promptly jumped in laps and on the children in a "hold me and love me" kind of way). The destruction. O-M-G. We left the house this morning to run to CVS. Across the street. Not gone for more than 20 minutes, tops. He managed to chew up my son's Mobigo and a ceramic lamb. Last week when he was left for a short period of time it was a remote. He seems to be regressing for some reason. His diet is fine (he doesn't eat as much in the summer, but it's always available and he DOES eat); he is exercised as much as he can handle (with his coat, the heat seems to get the better of him and he can't seem to tolerate any more than 10 minute increments outside playing; this corrects itself when it starts to get cooler, always). New baby? He seems to adore the baby, but is he reacting to that maybe? I miss my wonderful, protective but trustworthy pup. For the time he was good, he was very good and I never hesitated to allow our children to play with him in the front lawn, throwing a frisbee or chasing sticks, but now I feel panicky any time I take him out. We love him very much and want to help him. What do I do next? His breeder (small breeder - only Luke's single litter, otherwise he is a trainer) wants us to send Luke up to him for a couple weeks, but I'm not sure what good that would do - wouldn't he learn to obey the trainer, not us? He isn't local (at all), so we wouldn't be able to participate in the training really. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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