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    Hello and welcome

    When it comes to the Sheps you are in good hands with Occy.

    I would just like to add that the growing signs of protection agression need to be dealt with swiftly. Things could escalate within days ( and I am not being over dramatic when it comes to this) and she could be a potential danger to any person who enters 'your' space .

    It's a common enough thing and often misunderstood behaviour in rescue dogs.
    She has had it tough.You found her,saved her,nurtured her.....you inadvertantly became hers .
    As you say,she is your shadow.She see's it as her job-her need- to protect you you at all cost.Understand also that jealousy is also a very real emotion in dogs,she will no doubt be beginning to feel this as well. Not only will she see Danial as a potential threat ,she will see him as a potential intruder into hers and your space/relationship.
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    its strange though i dont understand how she can be his best friend and then for 30sec when he enters a room she barks and growls and then goes back to being his best friend. she even prefers to play with him over me.

    and i know i need to get on top of the dog aggression but how??
    she ignores other dogs if they are on leads and is happy to play with them but tries to pin them if they approach me.. and she is not a treat orientated dog so its hard to create a positive environment when other dogs come up to me, especially if i am a bit stressed she'll try to stomp on them!!! also having a person who wants to put their dog in that situation is hard to find!!

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    I know how conflicting it can appear
    We had a rescue bitch here that was almost to a tee your girl ( Bull breed though) . The determining factor we found was treats and games was all fine a nd dandy between them - they wren't near me. But the minute he entered , or even appeared to be about to enter 'my' space again she went straight back into protection mode.

    The dog aggression is something that really cannot be done over the net . Some advice that could be offered could in fact be very dangerous if it turns out I've read your amount of 'savvy' or experience incorrectly.
    And then there is also the possibility that she will remain DA to a degree no matter the training.

    What do you do at the moment to deal with it?
    Does she see you as absolute alpha ? A good start is to strongly enforce her place in the pack . Simple things such as being fed last etc ...

    Have heart,you are doing ok and you're learning more everyday.Not many would continue to persevere.
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    you might want to look up Kaye Hargreaves - dunno if she still does stuff but she is shepherd savvy and very good at what she does

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    yeah well she does get fed last and is very obedient to both of us. she will play with dan and cuddle dan when i am in the room. she'll cuddle him and il be on the other couch or if he's siting next to me she'll still snuggle with him. its the leaving the room and re entering that stirs her up. with the dog agression ive been working with her with my lab i grew up with because i know she wont snap and will be submissive and because she's my dog (sorta) ive tried with my neighbours young staffyX but gyps tries to pin her and bullies her and the other dog doesnt take it and snaps at her. when i say pin i mean stands over the other dog and doesnt let them move if they try she growls. its hard because she's a shep and people dont trust the breed enough to let me socialise her. as for treats she isnt really interested, all her training was done with a toy reward. ive always had dogs and trained them myself as im very into animal behaviour and im doing psychology at uni, but ive never had a shep and ive never had a rescue...

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    When I'm next in town I'd be happy for her to socialise with Rufus - it's too bad the others are gone as they were ideal for this sort of stuff.

    Tell me - does he make eye contact with her when he enters the room?

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