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Old 02-21-2014, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I have a female GS that's 10 months old. She has not been spayed if that matters and I also have a male 5 month old GS in the house also. Ok, lately I have been noticing her barking more and more toward people in the yard so we got a bark collar and it seemed to stop. Well today was a nice day after a freezing winter so my wife and I decided to walk her and our other GS and she gust wined and wined loud as can be for some reason, I even had someone say something from their house window. anyways, we was with one of our daughters and we met up with two of her friends one boy one girl. The little boy said can I pet her and started to walk toward her. Our female lunged out and grabbed his sweatshirt and we quickly got her away and she was fine. We stood there for a few minutes while I looked at his arm and she tried to do it again.

Our GS dogs are around children all the time and this scares me! We have a 9,10,12,13,16 year old children and they have friends over all the time but all girls except our oldest is a boy.

Thoughts? lover her but I would get rid of her in a second if I thought she would hert a child or anyone for that matter!
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time for some obedience . Two young GSD doing their own thing all day long , fooling around , play fighting with each other. They go out on the street and carry the party with them. Prey excitement.
Spaying won't change that.

Some discipline, leadership , obedience , manners and socialization will.

It's not off the wall aggression. Just a wild , prey happy dog .
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while I certainly have theories about how this developed, they really don't matter.

IMO, you should stop using the -no bark collar and find a trainer. A dog being aggressive towards children is best handled in person.

For now, manage the behavior by keeping the dog away from kids outside the home. It is your responsibility to keep everyone safe. This could end up bad for the kid, the dog and you.
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I'll be blunt. I would re-home the dog. You have 5 children under 16 years old. This is a time when kids should be free to come and go.

It's hard for me to imagine where you will find time with 5 kids and then 2 GSDs under a year, to spend the time it will take. Trainer or no trainer, you will have to spend a lot of time managing and training that dog and keeping your children's friends safe.
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while I certainly have theories about how this developed, they really don't matter.

IMO, you should stop using the -no bark collar and find a trainer. A dog being aggressive towards children is best handled in person.

For now, manage the behavior by keeping the dog away from kids outside the home. It is your responsibility to keep everyone safe. This could end up bad for the kid, the dog and you.
I'm curious what your theories are... We have a big family and while I did read up before I started looking for a puppy I was definitely ignorant to forums like this and the vast amount of info I didn't know. She's ours now....And we all love her so much already I am trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can...

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We have decided to get a trainer but I would like to get one that deals with GS dogs. Where should we start to look for one? Local pet stores ect have listing hanging or calling vets?
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We have decided to get a trainer but I would like to get one that deals with GS dogs. Where should we start to look for one? Local pet stores ect have listing hanging or calling vets?

Not a trainer....but from our time with our two pups...NOT the pet store. I am sure many on here can give you ideas if you tell them your area, but you want someone who knows working dogs...understands them and does not judge them for their breed.

Our dogs had much better growth with our third and specialized working dog trainer.

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