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Hello! I am new to the forum and am in desperate need of advice. First, a little background: I have two dogs, a 5 year old Husky and a 2 year old German Shepherd. About a year ago, I moved in with my boyfriend. He has a 5 year old Bull Mastiff. All three of the dogs live together in the same house. All dogs are male. My two are neutered; my boyfriend's is not.

Over time, problems started brewing between the GSD and mastiff. The mastiff would occassionally hump the GSD, which would spark aggression in the GSD. He would growl or snap at the mastiff to get him to stop. The humping has stopped, but the aggression on the part of the GSD has worsened. He has attacked the mastiff many times, leaving puncture wounds on his face and neck. It is an awful, high stress living situation that is not fair to the mastiff. I am fully aware of this.

I have taken the GSD for a one week "boot camp" at the facility near our house that trains police K9s. They trained him with a prong collar. While his obedience improved, the aggression towards the mastiff remains. Last night the GSD attacked the mastiff just because I told the mastiff, "NO" for something he was doing. He left a large hole in his ear. This was the worst attack yet.

I am now exploring the option of using an e-collar to further train and curb the GSD's aggression. I would love some advice on how to use the e-collar to ensure that I do not inadvertently worsen the aggression with the use of the collar.

Please, I do not want this to be a discussion of why not to use e-collars. I also do not want people telling me to rehome my GSD. I want to correct this issue and do everything I can do myself before looking into any other options. I would really appreciate any feedback anyone could give me on using e-collars with aggressive dogs. Thank you so much for your help!
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How would obedience training at an overnight facility help with his aggression towards the mastiff? Also, pack theory is way outdated. The man whose research sparked it has long since repudiated pack theory. Please read up on the matter. And DO NOT use the shock collar. That is cruel and will make things worse.

Basically, you have two, possibly three, problems:

1. Neutered males are known to be aggressive towards unneutered males.

2. The Mastiff set this off by humping the GSD, now the GSD hates him. Using corrections has likely made this worse.

3. Your GSD may have selective dog aggression, which is genetic. You can't train out genetics, even if you hook him up to a car battery and blast away.

You need to keep the dogs separated at all times. This is called "crate and rotate". Many, many households do this for years, even decades, with no problems. If you can't crate and rotate, please rehome the GSD. That would be better than shocking it for being a dog.
I just said that I didn't want people to talk about their opinions of using an e-collar or rehoming the dog...you successfully did both. Thanks.

I hate using these forums because many people (like you) just post to boast about how much they know about dogs. You aren't really trying to help people, just brag about what you [think] you know. If you were really trying to help, you'd ask more questions to clarify the issue.

Thank you to the people on here who have truly tried to help with their suggestions. I appreciate it!
So, "tell me what I want to hear and don't bother me with facts"?

Sorry, darling, I won't lie to make you feel better about shocking your dog.

I did train a 90 lb GSD mix with severe dog aggression to walk nicely on a leash past other dogs. I did it positively with not one prong, choke or shock collar in sight. I never would have asked him to live with another dog, although it did break my heart not to be able to help several dogs in need I came across. (I didn't want to crate and rotate, so I didn't get started with it. Had I had 2 dogs and then had one start being aggressive, I would have done it.)

Sometimes, the answer to your problems isn't what you want to hear. Pack leader is bunk. Shocking the dog won't make you pack leader. Leaving dogs to fight is a bad idea. Try something else, what you're doing isn't working.
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