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Old 09-24-2015, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So in the last month my male, 17 month old, GSD has began being really short tempered with puppies. He's got into it with four puppies. All about one year old. The last one was with a Mastiff that was huge! The puppies bite back if he bites, he only did twice and no damage done, no blood. Then after it happens he is very submissive to me and pretends like nothing is wrong. The only thing I can think of is he is getting older and when this happens I'm holding his favorite chuck-it ball. Is it the ball that is causing him to react poorly to puppies? Some puppies he does nothing to even when I'm holding the ball. Two of the puppies would jump around him, but not even touch him. Please help. Thanks!
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These are adolescents, not puppies. Stay away from these places (especially with toys or treats) as he needs to learn to completely focus on you. He may have been resource guarding the ball and put the others in place. But you don't want to become the dreaded person with the mean GSD (doesn't take much to build a reputation like that). You don't want to give him experiences like this as everything he practices, gets better. And btw. dogs do not pretend like humans do. He responded to you going overboard (assuming). Take him to a good trainer and educate yourself on dog behavior. They have their own language and it is crucial that you understand why they do what they do. Take care. Welcome by the way. Good to ask questions here.
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