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Old 03-30-2014, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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…did you GSD become more protective? My boy Ammo is 18 months and it is like a switch has went off in him. He has become this protective don't screw with my family dog. He hasn't bit anyone or anything like that but he is quick to make sure strangers know not to mess with his family. Yesterday we had a couple of "iffy" looking repair men in our house. My husband had taken them down the hall to my little girl's room where she was napping in her crib. I had ahold of Ammo so he would sit still and he lost it. He was very upset that those guys were in with one of his kids. He barked and growled until my husband brought our daughter in the living room. He has also started becoming more aggressive sounding when people come to our door. Even if he knows the person he will let his presence be known.

I'm not complaining about him being more protective. I'm actually very happy with it, it has just surprised me. I guess I was expecting it to be more of a gradual thing. He literally changed over nite. I do praise him for his vocalness when strangers show up and he was very much praised for being so protective with the kids. I want him to intimidate people who come to our house, like repair men or salesmen.

Has anyone else had a dog change so quick with their protectiveness? What age did you notice your GSD become more protective of your family? How do I encourage his protectiveness without making him aggressive? I want to make sure he only goes for someone when there is a threat. So far he has seemed to be pretty good at judging when there is a real threat or when to just put on the show. With the repair men he sounded tough but never actually tried to bit or nip them.


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You sure it's protective? My dog has seen a bunch of "iffy" looking people and doesn't bark and growl. I run a lot with my dog past midnight because I want to play during the day so I see my fair share of iffy people. What was your dog protecting you from? A repair person minding their own business?

I bet your dog would have done the same thing if it was a priest in a nice suit....

The dog sounds territorial if he only does it to people coming to the house. Territorial isn't a bad thing if you can control your dog. If you tell your dog to shut up and he doesn't listen then yeah its a bad thing.
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If he is being territorial then he is claiming my 2 year old as his territory. After she was out of the room he was ok. He still watched the guys but there was no aggression in his behavior.


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I bet your dog would have done the same thing if it was a priest in a nice suit....
That's a wicked iffy/suspicious look, gives me the creeps so my dog would feed off that energy.

A dog who is calm and quiet just watching someone is far more effective. You have to teach the dog 'it's okay I got this' and to settle when told. You're in control, not the dog.

By grabbing him and restraining him, you taught him it's right to be suspicious of workmen in the house. If you watch protection training videos, the dog is worked up into a state of agitation before he's released to bite.
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I don't think you really want him to intimidate repairmen. If he does, then he's being encouraged to intimidate strangers that are invited inside. This could be anyone, including your extended family, or a new friend. I always crated my pup and only let him out after I knew for sure that this new person actually liked dogs. And of course - once my pup was quiet, lol. But this won't changed how people knocking at the door are received - it's just that once they're invited in, I think manners are in order.
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