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Luckyboy 12-04-2013 11:45 PM

I get angry and nurvous when a dog takes my toy!
Hi guys,

Our young German shepherd is very friendly and Iíd say he is one of the most friendliest GSD that Iíve ever seen. All the people in our neighborhood love him so much but recently we notices he gets nervous and very angry when other dogs want to grab his toys (ball or Frisbee). When another dog takes his toy he hits them with his hands and barks very loudly. His reaction sometimes makes us very concerned for attacking a dog in future and missing his reputation.
We are not sure if this is a natural be havier? If this is nrmal reaction for a 20th months GSD?.
What do you recommend? Unfortunately we donít have any experience with this issue.

Thank you,

blehmannwa 12-05-2013 02:11 AM

The simplest thing is not let him have a toy when he is playing with other dogs. It sounds like he is resource guarding. The excitement of meeting and playing with other dogs is enough without adding a toy. Better safe than sorry.

Luckyboy 12-05-2013 04:24 AM


thanks for your advice, sounds very reasonable. TBH the reason of getting toy (ball or Frisbee) is for work him out but Iíll try to take his toys when other dog are around to play.

pets4life 12-05-2013 10:15 AM

dont bring his toys near other dogs, my bitch will guard her ball around other dogs also thats why shes not allowed to just sit there with her ball if other dogs are around, she chan chase it and bring it TO ME but she cant hold it in her mouth because she starts to guard it fiercely.

These are not kids dont expect them to share. Letting dogs play idle with their toys is the best way to get a fight.

kiya 12-05-2013 10:23 AM

He is resource guarding and this only gets worse.

Baillif 12-05-2013 10:37 AM

His response is not inappropriate though. At least for the moment, so at least there is that. It is a natural thing. If you want to change it you need to condition against it. If you've ever seen a big litter of GSD puppies and thrown one bone in there among them a war breaks out.

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