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Old 03-17-2014, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD is a 8 month old black male named Gunther. I have no behavioral problems with him, however my husband has a big one. My husband can not walk freely around the house without Gunther wanting to play bite his ankles. My husband says "stop" a few times and then gets extremely angry and yells at Gunther who then runs off looking confused. I do not have this happen to me on the level my husband does. On the rare time Gunther does want to get in my way I stop walking and order him away and he walks off and finds a toy.

I believe the issues lie in the fact that my husband only plays games that involve chasing, stomping his feet, and wrestling with Gunther. My husband has not done any training with Gunther. I play by hiding treats or myself around the house and having him come find me. I do also wrestle and play tug of war with Gunther but never is any part of my body an option for play. Every trick that Gunther knows has been taught by me. I have tried explaining to my husband that the pup attacks his feet because that is one of the ways that they play. My husband states (and I think truly believes) that they were not playing that way at the moment, therefore Gunther should know better.

I really would just like to hear if anyone has any advice on how to make this issue go away. I am getting sick of seeing Gunther get yelled at for something I believe is not his fault.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think 8 months is a little too old to be biting ankles, so I feel your husband's frustration. I also rough-house with our boy, but he knows that body parts are off-limits. So, I'm not sure that it's the style of play that's bringing this on... I think it's more that the behavior has been deemed acceptable, so Gunther continues to do it.

That being said, I don't think him yelling at Gunther is the most effective remedy. That is giving Gunther exactly what he wants--attention. At his age, he is old enough to know better. Any teeth making impact on a body part would result in an immediate 'time out.' Play stops right now, and your husband walks away and ignores him completely (on the flip side, Gunther could also be led to a different room for the time out. Whichever works easiest at the time.)

I would also try to get your husband involved in some of the training. It doesn't have to be anything difficult. But I think training would forge a better bond and show that your husband is something more than a chew toy.
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Seems pretty simple. The dog sees the wife as the pack leader and the husband as a littermate -- the husbands lack of interest is why the puppy is at his feet -- channel the energy yourself -- you can't change your husband -- he's not interested.

Seems like a unique situation and you have a fantastic dog -- the dog is there to protect you -- more so than your husband and that's where his attention is ..
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