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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-14-2014, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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questions about a scared dog or is he? PLEASE HELP!!!

I currently have 2 GSD one is a 4 year male almost all black. The problem started at about 18 months and gradually has gotten worse when people are walking by or stop and talk to us the hair on his back stands up and uncontrolled barking like he wants to rip everyone a new one. But anyone he knows he can be the happiest most lovable dog in the world. It is only towards strangers and it is all strangers. We took him to a trainer who thought some good obedience training would do some good but it hasnt helped at all. Now on the other hand if I put a muzzle on him and they leave him alone within a couple hours he warms up to them and is completely fine with no problems. Not sure what else to do. Any suggestions or advice anyone can give would be a great help.
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What do you do when he gets in that mode? What do the people do in response.

While not 10% experienced, I have had Titan react to a few people and putting him in a down and having them ignore him has helped tremendously.

I hope others with more experience will chime in..


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I can tell them to ignore him and he does tend to do better but I also dont want him flying off the handle for no reason I mean he even does this when someone is just walking down the road. All I have to do to get the barking to stop is tell him enough and to stop and the hairs stays up for a bit but the barking stops. Not sure if he would actually bite someone but not going to take the chance
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