Last night Karma woke us up with the most intensely aggressive barking I have not only heard from her but really….from any dog since my Cattle-dog ! She was just going mental with a very loud,deep,repetitive aggressive bark. I knew instantly something was afoot and so I bolted out to the front to find her pacing away and sniffing at the front gate. This tells me it was not a cat or a rat but possibly a hand through the latch testing our padlock as she does not ever bark at people passing by. In fact she sleeps outside on the porch every night and never barks ( which is great because an easily spooked “barker” is a pain in the arse) so I was starting to wonder whether she would turn into a protective dog as not all GSDs do and certainly it is not until 2 years +. No problems there it would seem !
She is also is continuing to amaze me with the speed at which she learns and adapts. For the most part she is very good on a lead but like a high % of young German Shepherds she is very strong, is extremely alert and has an incredible pray drive. This can equate to pulling on the lead – not the annoying pulling where the dog pants and chokes and stands on its back legs with front paws off the ground…..just a very strong desire to be out front which in my books with my dogs has NEVER been acceptable. I expect my dogs to heal when told and walk at my side with zero tension on the leash. If Karma sees another dog she wants to play and if she sees a cat she wants to kill so I have been been drilling her with on-lead walking most afternoons. I take her out into the street on lead and walk her very short distances in a circuit around the truck and across the street and past people etc. If she puts any tension on the lead at all she gets yanked….and I do mean YANKED back into position and I then stop for 20 seconds or until she calms and then it’s “Lets Go”. Given there are a huge amount of distractions out on the street, Karma has been responding very well to this training and I have had good success in getting her to walk on-lead next to me with no pressure on the line whatsoever. I will never walk her off lead in the city as it is just traffic mayhem but with continued training, I am hoping for a calm, controlled dog.