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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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How to deal with it?

I have a 3 year old male German/Czech shepherd who is very different from all of my previous shepherds. He is not a big barker, rarely growls etc. He is more of a "watcher and a thinker." He watches everything going on around him. He is good with my siblings and most other dogs don't seem to bother him. He is pretty good on commands. "Come, sit, stay, no, leave it etc." He is very bonded to me and is very protective of me. That is sort of the problem. If my parents go to come in the room in the morning and I am not awake he barks, growls and charges the door, which then wakes me up. I tell him "No!" and he usually settles down and is fine. As long as I am awake and say it's ok for him to let them in.
He is my permanent shadow (which I honestly don't mind!) He sits under my chair at the table, outside the bathroom door when I'm taking a shower, sleeps on my bed etc. But whenever someone else comes to sit next to me, he tries to push them out of the way. I make him get off and lie down on the floor. He seems to be very possessive of me.
Other than these issues (which need to be fixed) he is a great dog...possibly one of the best I've had. I have no problem walking him anywhere. He does great on leash and I'm not afraid of anyone bothering me! I don't know if it's because of the Czech (we've only had German bred shepherds) but he has definetly bonded closer than any of our other dogs, which were family dogs. This guy is definetly all mine!
*Guinness is about 110 and just turned three years old and lives with 3 other dogs, cats, chickens, goats etc. Not food or toy aggressive in the least...the cat pushes him out of the way to eat lol (don't know if that helps!)
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Very typical of Czech lines. They get very attached to their handler. He seems to be doing a little resource guarding, and I would correct that.

Hans is very good with the entire family, but will definitely follow me around. He tried to pull that resource guarding thing a couple of times when I was sick. Doesn't fly around here.
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Agree with Sunflowers. A stable dog who needs to lighten up bit.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 07:51 AM
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I have a 5year old female czech/ddr that is alot like yours. She is a watcher/thinker, very aloof with strangers off my property. She doesn't care about people/other dogs off my property.

On my property, she is very social with ANYONE who comes into my house. Not overly social, but you can walk in and no issues.

She also is very possessive of me, up by butt 24/7. Not possessive in the sense that she would do what your is, regarding your room.

If he's ok outside your room, it also may the "guarding of the room" thing as well.

Not sure on suggestions, (others have probably said it better than I), as I don't have this particular problem.

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Lisl is also very similar to your dog, but much more vocal. She is Czech/WG working K9 line. She's a watcher and a thinker too, but she'll also tell you about it if we're at home.

Outside and on a walk, or while playing or training, she doesn't say much.

Lisl is like a shadow. She is always there. If she's not, she's eating, drinking, or looking for her Kong for me to toss around. She (or rather I am) is never out of sight.

High drive, low threshold.

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He sounds like a pretty nice dog. The thing that stuck out to me is that when he is possessive of you, you make him get off the couch. I think that is good. As long as he is clear on who is calling the shots and listens to your commands, it's not necessarily "wrong" that he is possessive of you. If you think there might be times where people would need to enter your room or your space without you there to control the dog, you might want to crate him during your absence but other than that and keeping up on his training, he sounds like a good dog.
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