I really need help with my 9 month old German Shepherd. He is very people aggressive. He's good with me and my family. When he was a puppy I took him everywhere with me. Lots of people touched him, talked to him and held him until he got roughly 6 months old. By then he was really starting to grow and nobody wanted anything to do with him because he was a big dog with big teeth.
I live in a small town and have no professional dog trainer with in three hours of me. I simply can't afford to send him off for a month to some doggy boot camp. Plus I would rather help with the training and watch it being done first hand. Please help me with my big bully German Shepherd!
By Little wonderer from United States
Please purchase a dog obedience book and follow the training to the letter. If your dog doesn't learn now what it can't do. It will just continue to worsen until the worse happens. There are numerous web sites to help you too. Just please correct it while you can before someone or some other animal is harmed. L15
German shepherds are very protective but there are ways to contain them when people come to your house that he doesn't know but him in another room its not good for him since he is a German shepherd to be around a lot of people! another thing when you take him places or on walks don't let people come up and pet him if he try's to growl at people that are across the street or just walking by move him away from them and block him from seeing the people make him sit down and focus on you tell him no eventually he will learn to behave!
There are lots of books. Check your library. I like Cesar Millan, he also has a website. Just remember never become physically aggressive with the puppy it will make things worse. It's not too late but take action now. Maybe your vet can help you as well. Don't be shy about asking people for help. Maybe you could even email Cesar Millan I think he is amazing. Best of luck let us know how things are going
Did everything turn out well? We have a GS puppy who is just over 4 months. He's been to obedience classes and has a private trainer. He's been showing aggressive behavior - resource guarding & now will growl and/or show his teeth when I try to pet him at times. I am scared I will be bitten.
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When my boyfriend was alone with her, him and even his cousin would play with her in the yard and she was fine and really liked them just as well as she did me. In the past few weeks, whenever I'm around my boyfriend, she won't come near him and growls, but alone with him she was fine?
Yesterday night, he let her out to use the bathroom. He was trying to get her back into the house, which she really doesn't enjoy and runs because she LOVES being outside. So he was calling her name to no avail so he went to pick her up (like he usually does) and out of nowhere she grabbed onto his wrist and arm and wouldn't let go. Needless to say she hurt his hand and arm.
We've taken her to obedience school and in public almost every single day to socialize her. I have owned many dogs, from chihuahuas to border collies to pit bulls, and they've never suddenly did a 180 like this, so I'm not sure what to do? I LOVE my dog, she is extremely loving and loyal, but I'm so worried. She's UTD on all her shots and just got back from the vet at the beginning of Feb and everything was in great condition! Any advice or personal experiences would be so helpful!
Gabriella from SC
German Shepards are notorious for protecting their "family", but at only 5 mos old it sounds more like very rough play, which could become a problem as he gets older. Are you continuing the obedience training, or was that just a week or two class? You should definitely continue with training and socializing, but for a while you might consider the kind of lead that also has a semi-muzzle. (03/04/2009)
The puppy obedience class was once a week for five weeks. The adult obedience (for dogs 5 mos and older) starts on Monday (the other class just ended last sat) and is twice a week for six weeks. Hopefully with double the amount of practice a week in handling and socializing, she will snap out of this phase. I must say though, it was not rough play, she very much bit him numerous times with all her might. (03/05/2009)
I would suggest going to Cesar Millan's site at http://www.cesarmillaninc.com, he truly is incredible. He deals with dog psychology, which is the problem not dog obedience. I had a problem with our dog having aggression towards other dogs and his methods truly do work. Good Luck! Could you keep us posted on her progress? (03/05/2009)
Most of the time when our shepherds act aggressively, Eric, my husband will take them on either side of the face with his hands, and make them look at him. He will tell them "No" in an almost growling like voice. They need clear signs that things they like to do like bite or chase or growl, etc is wrong. You are doing good, it is just that Germans have a high drive to protect and sometimes they get out of bounds. I am going to send Eric this page, he used to raise them when he was younger and he will send advice. No matter what ends up happening, just love them, forgive them, play with them, have fun with them, and until they are pretty good at accepting "no", I wouldn't take him around other animals.
It is a rare situation when a dog has to be put down for being aggressive. I am sure that will not be the case. Our two Germans sleep with us and get on the couches etc. They are well balanced. I think you can go overboard and overreact to things...just don't let the dog see you get upset and practice a no nonsense tone. You will know when you get it because the dog will stop what he is doing wrong to look at you. When he comes to you always praise him. I will let Eric advise you also. Good luck and lots of loving hugs to the baby. (03/05/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Hi I'm Eric, husband of Robyn above.
I have been around German Shepherds all my life and what you say has been happening is nothing new. However I must know something, has she been fixed and if so how long ago was it done? This could be a reason for her taking a piece of your boyfriend, however there is another possible reason. Could it be possible that your boyfriend has hurt this dog by accident or on purpose? These dogs have very long memories and they almost never forget someone who hurt them and did not make it right.
I disagree with those who say "Don't Allow Them on the Couch" because it doesn't really matter. What does matter is that your Boyfriend and you take the Alpha Dog stance with her as she is "protecting you" as a weaker member of the pack and your boyfriend is the 'Threat' because the dog can't distinguish between play and fight. Your puppy will die to protect you and it's very serious, because if she is not taught that you don't need to be protected from your boyfriend (or do you, dogs sense fear and they use it to their advantage) she will get more aggressive to him if she is kennel trained and you may have to use the kennel when she is aggressive to your boy friend. The main thing is you stay positive with any and all training. Please feel free to contact me or Robyn again if you need more advice. (03/05/2009)
I have to say that psychosis in dogs is a reality and they do sometimes turn all of a sudden. This is a fact. The fault is not yours. Let me know how it goes, Robyn (03/06/2009)
By Robyn Fed
To everyone whose advice I much appreciated, Nadiah let my boyfriend pet her today. She walked right up to the fence where he was standing and jumped up on the fence so he could pet her! We went to the lake yesterday, it was very warm!, and he played fetch with her, which seemed to help a lot, especially since I was around. We went on a walk and I let him hold the lead, while I walked with him, and she is doing better! I am so happy and thank you for taking the time to comment :) I hope things will keep progressing in this manner and I will keep you updated. Thanks again! (03/08/2009)