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enh811 02-02-2014 01:03 AM

Puppy behavior... Help!
 
Hello everyone,

I have a 4 month old german shepherd. I also have a 9 year old black/lab blue healer mut. Our older dog is packed full of energy & really loves playing with our little one. The issues we are having is with our little one. She is obsessed with jumping up & biting/snipping at our bigger dog then does her "big girl" bark. I'm pretty sure it's one of her "playful" barks, & she doesn't do it ALL the time. It's usually just after we let them out of their crates. She also will bark and jump forward at other dogs at the pet stores, now it's NOT EVERY dog at the pet store. She really isn't an aggressive puppy. She loves kids & dogs & loves giving kisses. Part of me thinks she might grow out of this & she is just wanting to play with these other dogs?? I just don't know how to get her to stop barking at the other dogs & deal with her behavior towards our older dog. I also know we need to socialize her more than what we are. Please help with any ideas or suggestions.
Thank you :)



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Harry and Lola 02-02-2014 01:14 AM

She is definitely being playful and being in a crate for a period of time and then released, she has pent up energy and frustration that is making her go a little crazy. Maybe put her on lead before you let her out of the crate then take her by herself (without the Lab) outside or to a room where you can play a game of ball for 5 to 10 minutes to take the edge off her energy, she might be less rumbustious with your older Lab. Also, if the older Lab has had enough then he/she will tell your little pup.

GSDs are rough little players, its all good while they are young and there may be lots of puppies that will love this type of play, you just need to judge each situation, if there is a puppy that is smaller and younger and more timid at the pet store then I wouldn't allow your girl to play with that one - match her to appropriate playmates. As she gets older, she probably won't want to play with other dogs.

Woofen511 02-02-2014 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by enh811 (Post 4949290)
Hello everyone,

I have a 4 month old german shepherd. I also have a 9 year old black/lab blue healer mut. Our older dog is packed full of energy & really loves playing with our little one. The issues we are having is with our little one. She is obsessed with jumping up & biting/snipping at our bigger dog then does her "big girl" bark. I'm pretty sure it's one of her "playful" barks, & she doesn't do it ALL the time. It's usually just after we let them out of their crates. She also will bark and jump forward at other dogs at the pet stores, now it's NOT EVERY dog at the pet store. She really isn't an aggressive puppy. She loves kids & dogs & loves giving kisses. Part of me thinks she might grow out of this & she is just wanting to play with these other dogs?? I just don't know how to get her to stop barking at the other dogs & deal with her behavior towards our older dog. I also know we need to socialize her more than what we are. Please help with any ideas or suggestions.
Thank you :)



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No she won't grow out of it if you don't address it. Mentioning the crate part makes me think it has to do with when she gets too excited. Maybe if you don't let them both out at once to get her energy lowered before they are released might help. Giving her stern corrections when this behavior happens and making her sit and get to a calm state before starting play again might help. Same when you have her out in public, exercise her before hand to lower energy and when she does flip when seeing other dogs take control, have her sit and relax before you keep moving. Even making her sit with her back to the dog so she can't stare at them. Just work on lowering energy. And since she doesn't do it all the time, be sure to reinforce every single time she does play appropriately. If she starts doing the rough play you don't want, immediately step in and correct her and try to lower her energy.

Hope that advice helps!

doggiedad 02-02-2014 01:15 AM

forget about her growing out of a certain behaviour. you
train and socialize her into certain behaviours.

enh811 02-02-2014 01:27 AM

Thank you for the advice. We dont let them out t the same time though. We usually let our little one out first, take her outside and play with her for about 5 - 10 minutes before we go get her "sister" (our black lab) but I think it's just excitement. We have been taking her to training classes. I will be addressing this with the trainer tomorrow as well. I just like getting as much advice as possible. Thank you.


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Harry and Lola 02-02-2014 01:45 AM

Yes talk to your trainer, also keep in mind your older Lab will correct her when she goes too far and I hope your Lab does do it sooner rather than later when your GSD pup is older and bigger. At the moment though it sounds like they are both enjoying rough play.


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