|Barked: Fri Dec 21, '12 2:49pm PST |
|a) Not sure why CM comes up here as he is a dominance down, not "on his back." I recommend neither, but there is a distinction. Just a technicality , but I saw nothing in the OP's post indicating CM.
b) I agree with Selli, re one can't assume the neuter played NO role. It is perfectly true that neuters are well weathered, but it as not as if the neuter fairy waves a magical wand and the dog now lacks reproductive organs. There are hormonal shifts. This is why if I had to neuter, I would focus on doing so either when the dog was young and puppy-ish, or older. In rescue I of course deal with neutering puppies, in street advice I do so when the dog is nearing his second birthday. Either are preferable, IMO.
3. To the OP, I would be very curious to know this dog's pedigree. You could PM to me if you'd like.
You are not looking at anything unfathomable in terms of this behavior for a GSD getting a little older and entering a teenage phase. So part of this has the potential to fade hormonally in time.
One of the things you can start to do with this is to work on his control and then manage his situations. This is because the initial behavior was what is known as a prey response. For GSDs, it is VERY typical. For some dogs it may be joggers running or bicyclists biking, etc. Here, it was to dogs running past. So you had prey response probably mingled with a little social insecurity. Then you did the "on his back" thing, which now makes him more tense
At home, take a ball (hopefully he likes a ball....if not, say so and we can improvise)and work on a stay using the ball by arousing him then having him hold a stay when he holds position with the ball being thrown. You can do the same dangling a tug in his face and not having him grab it. If he knows commands, build his resiliency. You obviously reward and can eventually let him have his target as well, of course Then you can work on these things in more stimulating environments. If you can stage situations, where someone will jog past with their dog, that would be ideal also.
If you work hard, you can get him to drop or stop mid retrieve on your say so. This is where you have the bond to get him to collect himself when he gets riled, and it is a positive association, and thereby doubly beneficial.
Please let me know if you have q's.
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