Your Questions About Lab German Shepherd Mix Dogs
How do you know when you have established alpha with your dog?
She listens to me, follows me around the house all of the time pretty much. Have taught her all basic and some pretty cool tricks, and she listens thoroughly. She wont listen to anyone like she listens to me, I dont ever use violence ever!!!! I watch cesar millan a lot, and tried looking this question up on the internet could not find specific results. She has never growled at me and when i am around she does listen to everyone else. Just wondering if anyone knows if that sounds like i have established myself as alpha or not, she is german shepherd/lab mix and unknown other breed. Thankyou if anyone can help. Also, I get the most respect out of her than the rest of the household to the point sometimes when i come back home i get some complaints, but like i said when i am home she will behave.
For me to know when I’ve established myself high enough, I can take away anything and not get a reaction (food, toys, random finds) When I can walk through the door and not be bombarded, given my space to put things down and not have attention demanded from me and the dog will happily sit back and wait to be invited. I let my dogs up on the bed and couch, so once I have tought them to ask before getting up (give paw usually) and once up I can get the dog to move over or off with out any fuss.
What would your perfect mutt be!? or do you already have one ?
Great Danes are my favorite dogs ever but if i were to pick a perfect “mutt” well…i already have a perfect mutt…she is believed to be a german shepherd/rott/lab mix of some sort. LOL. BUT she’s AWESOME!
what would be the perfect mix for you?
I already owned my perfect “mutt”. She was a beagle/lab mix, beagle height and weight, jet black with a white blaze on her chest and some white on her toes.
She was my first dog and thanks to her, I attended a local obedience training club of basic obedience, where we met a lot of really great people and made some wonderful friends. Thanks to the trainers there, they saw the potential in her and her work ethic and encouraged us to go to matches and to eventually compete in obedience and then later, when agility came to my area, we trained and competed in that. She had a long career and was retired from agility at the age of 14. She passed away at the age of 17 in 2008.
When the time comes for me to get another dog, I will always consider a mixbreed, particularly hound mixes, but I’ll look at dogs that don’t have a similiar appearance to her.
Male dog attacks female when doorbell rings?
We have 2 dogs, a 2 year old male german shepherd/rottweiler mix & a 4 yr old female lab/terrier mix. Whenever someone rings the doorbell or even walks by the house, the male attacks the female. Any suggestions as to why he does this and how to break it?
This is called a redirected aggression;This is a relatively common type of aggression.
It often happens when the dog can see a person or another dog passing by .
For example,two family dog’s may become excited,and bark and growl at each other in response to another dog or person passing by the home,and because they are confined inside the home or confined behind behind the fence in the yard and are unable to attack,they will turn on each other or in your case the more dominant dog will turn on the less dominant one and attack it.
I would use the operant conditioning method….When your dog is attacking the other dog you could use the spray bottle the instant he begins to attack give him a squirt and say sternly NO BITE you may have to do this a few times but when he stops say Good NO BITE and either give him a treat with heaps of praise for listening and obeying….Repeat as much as it takes but he will soon learn what behavior brings the best results…which is no bite.
If for any reason your dog will not listen…time out is effective tell him three times no bite if after the third time he does not listen time out for 5 minuets….when he is released from time out you must ignore him for 5 minuets this is important because if you make a fuss of him upon time out he will associate time out with the attention he gains upon being let out and time out will not be effective.
Would this count are a form of harassment?
the other day I was outside with my German Shepherd/Lab mix, (who isn’t a social dog). He was tied up of course and then this lady comes walking down our street with her Pug. My dog starts to bark and his barks became more and more aggressive sounding so I peaked outside of my garage and noticed she had let her dog IN our yard to use the restroom and then proceeded to allow her dog to walk up to mine.
I sternly, but nicely asked her to get her dog out of my yard because OBVIOUSLY my dog wasn’t friendly. she then began to “cuss me out” saying her dog could walk up to any dog that he wanted to and go anywhere he pleases, and that I was in the wrong for having a poorly trained dog. She then left and came back 3 times, each time with her dog and made petty comments as she passed by, basically saying she was doing it to bother me.
Now today, I’m at my mailbox (at the corner of the street) and I noticed in the rear view mirror that she ran quickly back to her house. She then came out with her dog and walked by me, still running her mouth. I ignored her and got my mail and got back in the car, she then taunts me calling me “chicken” and praising her dog saying “what a good boy he is”
Can I do anything about this police wise? She literally goes out of her way to start altercations and all because I asked her to keep her dog out of my yard.
AS*** a form…not “Are”
I’m not sure it’s harassment, but she is guilty of trespassing, so I would suggest very obviously video-taping her. When she asks why you are doing that, tell her that you are gathering evidence.
She sounds like a loon.
How do I get two dogs to get along at meal time?
I have a sixty pound German Shepherd mix. Last night I found a stray dog (possibly pure breed lab) and took her home while trying to locate her owner. Both dogs are very sweet and the issues they had with each other ended quickly. They even began to play together. However when it comes time to feed them even though they have separate bowls in different places the lab will get very angry with the German Shepherd mix if the German Shepherd mix tries eating out of her OWN bowl. The lab does not want the other dog to eat any food out of either bowl. Aside from locking them in different rooms at meal time is there anything I can to to help them get along?
What issues might cause this?
It might be very difficult to find a solution to this one, I think you need to keep them apart if they eat their food in one go that shouldn’t be difficult.
Also be careful with longer lasting things like bones. I’ve seen dogs fall out with each other over one of those. As you say you are looking for the owner it’s probably only a temporary state of affairs anyway.
If you are going to be keeping her I agree, you have work to do.
Powered by Yahoo! Answers