We bought Roxy (GSD, spayed bitch, approx 3yrs) home from a rescue centre on Sunday & she is settling in really well (I also have another dog; Toby, GSD/Lab, 7 yrs neutered).
She was so excited the first couple of days; panting all the time, jumping up, over the top behaviour & whining whenever she got any attention, etc. She has calmed down alot as expected & we have been very calm in our approach with her so things within the home are settlng down now.
I am most concerned though when we are out & her behaviour towards other dogs. She is not aggressive but is just so excitable when she sees another dog that the other dog becomes defensive & that's when they both start barking at each other, this can turns into aggression from the other dog which then triggers her & her deperately lunging to try & get to the other dog.
When she met Toby this was also the initial reaction but she did soon calm down when both dogs were let off the lead together. They play really well, when she is too much Toby tells her off which she accepts & she is a really lovely dog. This just doesn't come across all the time when we are out unfortunately!! As she can't always be let off her lead or around certain dogs then I need to start working with her behaviour now.
From reading her notes it seems that this is an ongoing behaviour & previous owners (we are her 4th!!
) have avoided taking her places where there are other dogs which has added to this behaviour.
I am currently speaking with the rescue shelter who are arranging sessions with their behaviourist but would also be really grateful for any tips of how to manage this problem in the mean time.
She is currently wearing a DAP collar is is taking Zylkene as recommended by the vet at the rescue centre.
At present I (becasue she has had no training & pulls on the lead ALOT) I am walking her on a walkease harness.
I know that she has not been with us long but I am keen to start working on this issue as she is such a lovely dog that I want her to enjoy our walks & not get stressed at seeing other dogs.
Sorry for the long post, just wanted to try & get all relevent info in!!!