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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) SebastiansMom's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brayjj View Post
    We were thinking putting wall hooks into the house walls, and getting our dog used to being hooked to it on his dog bed. Then bring the other dog, up, and get him used to being on his dog bed, tied to the wall... then slowly, put them in the same room, they will both be tied, in seperate locations (our home is really small), but then they can see eachother in the home, each have their "own space". With having small children, I think that may be the best solution with getting them both to the same floor. Everything is real baby steps.
    If you are going to do something like this, I would suggest starting with both dogs outside - one adult holding the Pyr boy, one adult holding the GSD boy, and no kiddos around. I would have the dogs close enough that they can recognize one another, but far enough away that neither boy is close to going over threshold. I would pair this exercise with lots of upbeat happy talk “Yay! It’s your brother! We love your brother! He’s so good, and you’re so good for not trying to rip his throat out! Yay! I love you sweet boy, and I love your brother, too!” I would also supply each dog with a jackpot of super high-value treats. A little fruit-cup sized Ziploc container with about 1/4 can of wet food has helped me perform near-miracles at my house. The important thing here is that they see each other, THEN they get the treats. Once they are done with the treats, the exercise is over.
    Slowly, decrease the distance between them, then work on taking your GSD inside while your Pyr boy watches and is treated. Eventually try and work your way up to short intervals inside the house. If it looks like a boy is going to go over threshold, increase distance. If either boy goes over threshold, end the session immediately, and go back a few steps for the next day’s session. Of course, when you’re doing these exercises, the kids should be somewhere else. I would also wear an overcoat and work gloves to help protect you in case of a redirected bite.

    When it comes to going to the vet, I call the vet’s office from the parking lot, tell them I’m there, and ask them to have someone come out to the car and get us when they have an exam room ready for us. If anyone is in the waiting room, they will bring us in through the side door.

    On her website, Patricia McConnel has a DVD series about treating Dog Aggression. I have not seen it, so I have no idea how helpful it would be. If you’re interested, here is the link: https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/st...ivity-DVD.html

    There is also a wealth of information in the Reading Room section of her website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brayjj View Post
    My son got near him with the stick and he growled at him too. When he did that all I did was say his name. He knew he did wrong, because he put his head down and looked at me, but now I have to be on guard for that as well.
    If you can even find the time, try working on trade up with him. When you see him with a stick, go and offer him high value treat and see if he would trade his stick for it. When you first try this, offer him the treat, if he wants to take it, use the treat to lure him away from the stick, then maneuver to put your foot over the stick and let him have the treat. Then give him back the his stick. You don't want to offer the treat and try to reach for the stick with the other hand because that could trigger a resource guarding response and you risk your arm betting bit. Using your body/foot to claim the stick is less threatening because you aren't sticking your hand in his face. You are trying to teach him that someone being close to him and his stick is a GOOD thing and giving up the stick is a GOOD thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brayjj View Post
    We were thinking putting wall hooks into the house walls, and getting our dog used to being hooked to it on his dog bed. Then bring the other dog, up, and get him used to being on his dog bed, tied to the wall... then slowly, put them in the same room, they will both be tied, in seperate locations (our home is really small), but then they can see eachother in the home, each have their "own space". With having small children, I think that may be the best solution with getting them both to the same floor. Everything is real baby steps.
    Before you try the tying up the dogs inside in view of each other, I really encourage you to have done plenty of homework with walking them into the house, walking them out like I described in a prior post. The pyr is super reactive inside so you can't just bring them both in and tie them up. That would be a monumental mistake I think. Being tied up brings out a lot of frustration in dogs. While in our mind it seems like the dogs should realize that the other one is tied up and therefore each one has its own space. But often the dog interprets this as "i am tied up, I can't escape, and therefore I must fight." So you end up starting the exercise with two dogs on red alert for combat.

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    Thanks! Those are all great ideas. I appreciate it! I will keep you posted on how things are going.

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    Hello everyone,
    He went to the vet today, and is fine. His ear was bothering him and it looked like it had never been cleaned. The product I got caused it to become red, but she said he had no mites, just really dirty ears...
    But for aggression, no medical problems. He was a big baby there my husband said and trying to hide behind him. I had him take him rather than me because I probably would of felt fearful to take him, and since dogs pick up on emotions, didn't want that! My husband just took him in, and walked in him. My husband is very confident person, who does not have fear at all, so probably because the dog has bonded so well to him.

    She looked him over and gave drops for the ear reddness from the other product and some cleaning solution. I don't think his ears had ever been cleaned. He had been shaking his head since we got him, but the vet said, no mites or infection, just angry ears from the solution I used. I did call the company to warn them, that in sensitive dogs, it could be a problem.

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    sore ears can make for a very cranky boy!!!

    believe me, I know....our Rudy sits outside most of the evenings in the summer, his ears get filthy and if I'm not diligent, cheat grass & other nasty clinging things can make their way into (deep into!!!) his ears....this year we have been lucky...and also quick to mow down all weeds...

    I hope that having the discomfort in his ears will help with his disposition....let us know!

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