I have a beautiful kind hearted gentle soul white gsd Nanook. He is my baby boy and my life. My fiance works half the year and so is home for a month every two months. I work full time shift work and lately every time I come home my fiance tells me our puppy (who is a BIG dog already - 45kg, 27" tall male) displayed a lot of aggression towards one of the neighbours who came to the house, or the postman.
Every time I hear this I have taken it on board but pretty much ignored it down to people not being able to handle dogs very well and so blaming the people, not my dog. However I was home today and went out to meet the postman in our garden with the dog.
My dog then jumped up on the fence but was scarily aggressive. If he was not my own dog I would have been terrified!! He grabbed the mail and could have bitten the postman's hand! This behaviour is unacceptable and a little embarassing as my dog is a reflection of me. I am appalled to see him behaving this way! He is very good with all people, has never been destructive, he has always been really chilled out as a puppy. He's great with my step-daughter who is four and smaller than he is! So why this barking when people are outside and aggression at anyone who comes near our fence or gate?
Is it him being overly protective of our land? I NEED
to stamp this behaviour out now
Does anyone know if this is an age thing? Or a lack of training? He is very well trained and always very obedient to me. So to see him behave this way is shocking!! Do you think he is scared?
Any help, advice or if you've experienced something similar at this age of development would be great to hear about.
Here's a picture of Nanook. He is a big boy but still a cute baby. I took this photo yesterday...