Hi
We rescued a young (11months old) female rottweiler/beauceron cross bred, about two months ago from our local dog pound. We chose her because at the pound when all mayhem was breaking out she stayed very calm. She is very gentle and is great with our young children (1 year and two years). However we have a problem with aggressive behaviour towards strangers in the street and other strange dogs(particularly those who are barking behind fences) ( to the point of biting one of our neighbours we met in the road in front of our house at the end of a walk!.
I try to restrain her and make her sit ..she has none of it and will pull and jump on the leash.
If she is off the leash she will run up to the person barking and snarling (and already one bite)
We have started dog training classes but when she is there she is very well behaved (typical!) and the trainers have a problem visualising this aggressive behaviour. During the training wee do a routine where we meet other people and dogs (socialisation), she is very calm when we do this!
Maybe the behaviour is a protective/territorial reaction...the sweet little old lady we met (and terrified) in the street yesterday was hardly a threat...
We live in a small village however I'm very reluctant to let her run off the leash in case we see some one else. How can I correct this behaviour?
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Hi We rescued a young (11months old) female rottweiler/beauceron cross bred, about two months ago from our local dog pound. ... to let her run off the leash in case we see some one else. How can I correct this behaviour?

I blame the people that promote idea that all dogs are equally worthy of becoming family pets. Rotties, shepherds, akitas and pit bulls are more likely to be aggressive and dangerous and capable of inflicting serious damage. Rotties have the most powerful bite of any dog. Your dog is nuts. Keep it tied up or get rid of it. I would not appreciate your experiments in socializing this animal using me as a biting dummy. "Oops! Those obedience classes didn't work. He bit the newgroup guy on the street. We'll have to try drugs."
Is an ax murderer running loose in your neighborhood? No? Ask the folks at the shelter to help you rescue a dog that is known to be very sociable and free of unwanted aggression next time you pick out a dog. If your shelter person makes no distinctions between dogs, ask for a shelter person who has some working brain cells.
We live in a small village however I'm very reluctant to let her run off the leash in case we see some one else. How can I correct this behaviour?

Well first, don't let her run off-leash. Period. Second, what you've described sounds to me like a serious problem that really can't be dealt with by random strangers thousands of miles away. You need in-person help. A training class is a good thing to do but not likely to be that helpful with serious behavioral problems. I'd hire a professional behaviorist and have him or her come to your home to see your dog in the environments in which she's having problems. Your veterinarian or the person teaching your training class may have suggestions. Ask around!
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Hi We rescued a young (11months old) female rottweiler/beauceron cross bred, about two months ago from our local dog pound. ... to let her run off the leash in case we see some one else. How can I correct this behaviour?

You may have a dog that cannot be let off leash. There's nothing wrong with that. Some dogs are simply unsuited for it. Better safe than sorry, I say. Especially when a "mistake" - a bite - can mean a death sentence for your dog.
Impeccable obedience training will help with this, if she cannot be socialized better. Also, proper management. Some dogs are VERY protective and cannot be trained/socialized out of it, at least not to the point where they're a great off-leash, love-everybody type of dog.

flick 100785
Hi We rescued a young (11months old) female rottweiler/beauceron cross ... see some one else. How can I correct this behaviour?

You may have a dog that cannot be let off leash. There's nothing wrong with that. Some dogs are simply ... out of it, at least not to the point where they're a great off-leash, love-everybody type of dog. flick 100785

Or in other words, "Your dogs is nuts. Keep it tied up or get rid of it."
You may have a dog that cannot be let off ... point where they're a great off-leash, love-everybody type of dog.

Or in other words, "Your dogs is nuts. Keep it tied up or get rid of it."

Do you really think that's what Flick said?
Really?
Where did you go to school?
UC - Santa Cruz?
Are you a member of the "reality-based" community, by any chance?

On the other hand, if the OP doesn't take Flick's excellent advice and continue on with the obedience training, maybe even retaining the services of a private trainer, management (keep him on a leash!) or putting the dog up for adoption ("get rid of it") will be the only options left.
Well, except for putting the dog down, when he eventually bites, say, a small child.

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Or in other words, "Your dogs is nuts. Keep it tied up or get rid of it."

Do you really think that's what Flick said? Really? Where did you go to school? UC - Santa Cruz? Are ... left. Well, except for putting the dog down, when he eventually bites, say, a small child. Handsome Jack Morrison

He did say, "You may have a dog that cannot be let off leash."

Training? Some people don't have the time for training? Why get a dog that's a threat in the first place when there are dogs that by their nature aren't a threat?
There are obedience people and they like to say in a very self satisfied tone, "You should train your dog.", like it always works and everybody has the time and what it takes to do it. Like it's the most noble thing in the world to do. I think it's a power trip myself. They can show everyone that they have total control of a wild and dangerous beast. They are The Beastmaster! It's a boost for their egos. They don't recognize that dogs have minds of their own and that dogs exist that are just naturally better equipped for living life peacefully among other dogs, children and people in general.
I don't see anything wonderful about getting a dog bred for attack duty, guard duty or bear baiting and then training it to be an almost 100% obedient dog that's really quite reasonably safe around strangers and then demanding that every other dog owner in the world do the same thing with their loveable pooch. Get ***, attack dog lovers. I don't want to be in control of a disciplined military weapon that can tear an arm off in a second. I want a gentle friend with whom I can enjoy the outdoors.
He did say, "You may have a dog that cannot be let off leash." Training? Some people don't have the time for training? Why get a dog that's a threat in the first place when there are dogs that by their nature aren't a threat?

If you don't have the time for training, perhaps you don't have the time to own a dog. And this dog wasn't a threat in the first place, just because it was a Rottweiler, it doesn't make it a threat.
There are obedience people and they like to say in a very self satisfied tone, "You should train your dog.", ... dogs exist that are just naturally better equipped for living life peacefully among other dogs, children and people in general.

I would wager that obedience training a dog works a lot more often than not obedience training the dog, even if you only get dogs that are "naturally better equipped" when not doing obedience training.
I don't see anything wonderful about getting a dog bred for attack duty, guard duty or bear baiting and then ... can tear an arm off in a second. I want a gentle friend with whom I can enjoy the outdoors.

So sayest the law breaker. I would wager these so called "attack dogs" that have been properly trained are a lot better equipped to be a member of society than your untrained "naturally better equipped" dogs you keep ranting about. I know dogs like you keep claiming everyone should have, and without training they are a pain in the ***. They may not be dangerous but they certainly don't know a lick about manners.
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