|Barked: Sat Jan 12, '13 1:43pm PST |
|A few weeks back, my rescued GSD, Zimmer, was attacked at the fence-line of a dog park by another large (larger than Zimmer) dog. Ever since, Zimmer has been aggressive towards other dogs. If he's off leash, he's fine (if the dog is smaller than him), but when he's on leash and we're out for a walk, he begins to do his "scary bark" which turns into a borderline snarl. His tail is wagging, but I know that doesn't mean he's happy/excited about the situation.
While he knows "leave it", actually getting him to leave it when out on a walk is another story. I was told by my trainer to always bring his favorite squeaky ball with me to redirect his attention back to me, but this morning he paid no attention to me, or the ball. I had to actually grab him by the collar and turn him around to walk in the opposite direction. I know that his aggression could be a reflection of my feelings, so I always try to remain calm in situations like these, but it is a little nerve-wracking.
He just seems to be getting worse. It used to be just the big dogs he'd have a fit about, now he's become aggressive towards the smaller dogs. It's scary. I feel like I won't be able to take him anywhere without the constant fear that he may, one day, lunge and attack another dog...
Any thoughts on what I should/could do?
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