Separating Fact from Fiction
My apologies if this has been discussed before, but I have limited experience with German Shepherds and I keep getting 2 pieces of advice from trainers and breeders that I would appreciate feedback on. I currently am dog sitting for a G.S.
1) Always approach a GS from the side, never the front. Approaching from the front may trigger guarding behaviors.
- This happened to me only once, in class. I have interacted with approximately 50 GS's and only encountered a guarding response once, when I approached from the front.
Fact or fiction?
2) I am consistently told that you need to be firm with a GS from the get-go to ensure they do not develop inappropriate guarding behaviors.
Thoughts on this? The most well behaved, well adjusted GS's I've encountered have been raised by people who subscribe to this.