Sorry i havent been here for ages, my computer crapped itself once again... time to get a new computer i think.
Anyway, im in this section to ask some advice. As some of you know about 2 months ago we adopted and 18month old Great dane - he was entire at the time (not so anymore - *evil laugh*)
When he came to us he had a mouthing issue, that thankfully seems to have resolved with plenty of pretending to be realllly boring as soon as he did use his teeth on any human skin - it does still arise whenever he is stressed out - i guess it is his way of coping.
Arrow has a problem with dogs while on the lead - while off the lead hes fine but he has absolutely no recall skills so the only time hes off the lead is when he is at work with me (vet clinic)
An explanation of what happens while walking on the lead:
Arrow is 50metres away from another dog - no reaction but plenty of staring going on.
Arrow is approx 40metres from another dog - this is where the barking and whining starts along with play bows and tail wagging.
Approx 30 metres - lunging, still play barking and whining and bowing but pulling like a steam train.
20 metres is when it all goes downhill (even more that the 40metre mark) this is where he reaches his "stress threshold" and turns into demon dog.. it goes from playful barking and whining to hackles up - full on growling and lunging - massive distance increasing signals.
It doesnt normally get to the point of the 20 metre mark because we sit back at about the 50metre mark where we just get the staring if we can help it - however the problem arises when people havent got their dogs on the lead in specified on lead parks and when people kind of sneak up on us to get a look at the giant dog and then go "oh look" he just wants to play and bring their dogs closer (which results in me telling them to GO AWAY!!!) yes i know that might seem rude but if you see a huge dog looking like he wants to eat your dog it would be the logical thing to do.
We had one instance where a guys 3 dogs were off lead harrassing arrow (little turds were biting his chest and legs) and he was freaking out During this we are trying to leave and the owner of these three dogs comes and shoves his face in arrows face (not so great with a dog thats freaking out over little dogs biting him and hes fear aggressive when approached by big intimidating men!) My partner shoved the guy away and told him to back off and we pretty much carried arrow out of the situation.
We are walking my boy at 4.30 am and 8pm to try and avoid heavy dog traffic as we have been advised by our trainer to walk him and let him see other dogs but never let him get to the point of reacting - they have told us that over time with practice we should be able to get closer and closer to other dogs without him reacting at all (i hope!!!!!!)
Anyway im posting in hope of someone who may have had a similar problem with their own dogs or someone who could offer any other advice.
Sorry for the long post!!