German shepherd aggression / Please Help
I have a question regarding my 2 and 1/2 old shepherd. This dog has been sweet, with a sound temperment until he began allergy shot and taking antihistmine,as well as steroids. Now he is being weaned off. My husband and I kiss the dog on the head all off the time. Now my GSD is growling at my husband and he even snapped at his face. Is this a reaction to being taken off the steroid or is it a dominant issue? Please Help this dog is like our kid
I would think the change in your dog's behavior is directly linked to the medication, or lack thereof, and will probably resolve itself as the meds leave the dog's system. Of course, I'm NOT a veterinarian, so you will want to ask your vet if there's something else that could be causing the problem.
Meds or not! No excuses here!
Keep pinch collar on the dog with short tab and whenever the dog behaves badly, give it a "sharp" correction supported by verbal admonishment. The correction must be given within 1-3 seconds from the moment of the misbehavior.
There could be several reasons for this type of "action" but whatever the cause, it can not be tollerated, period!
This has NOTHING to do with the medication. Your dog is maturing. NO growling should EVER be permitted toward you or your husband. AND STOP KISSING HIM ON THE HEAD! You are BEGGING him to challenge you, going face to face with him. Remember that he is a DOG, a pack animal. Any time he growls at either of you, a HARD smack on the head is in order. This stage should pass by the time he is about 3.
Our nearly two year old female GSD experienced a similar personality change weaning off steroids. I agree with a previous post that the reason does not excuse the behavior. With firm and consistent limits her aggession has decreased.
What ? the reason doesn't justify the behavior? Are you mad? This is DOGS we're talking about NOT WITH. You can not negotiate with your dog or explain to the dog why she is behaving that way.
IF it is steroids, why was she on them?
My question would be: Was this dog spayed recently?
here a link for your review:
http://kerschberger.com/Health.htm about early spaying/neutering.