Teenager phase!! - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Increase font size: 0, 10, 25, 50%

GermanShepherds.com is the premier German Shepherd Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-23-2014, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 32
Default Teenager phase!!

So CJ is deep in the joyous stage of being a teenager. He's doing really well at everything but he's now struggling to find his place in the pack. He has started to become really defensive of me but only with certain people.

We take charge right away and disciple. It's only every happened outside so he gets a "time out" and put inside away from everyone.

Just looking for some tips because we have a trip to visit family coming up and he knows everyone just don't want him to get any further down this road. I've heard it's just a stage and you need to just push through and continue disciplining and he will grow up. just looking for some advice!

Thanks in advance.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App
CJthePuppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-23-2014, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
onyx'girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW, MI
Posts: 24,536
Default

what do you mean he gets defensive of you?
How is his confidence level? Is he showing hesitance at all?
The 'teenage' stage is usually when the pup becomes very aware of the surroundings and will take control of situations if the handler isn't doing it for them. 10 months seems to be the age when pups are showing this independence.
I would let CJ know you have it under control(NOT thru corrections or discipline, but from management) so he won't feel the need to be proactive.
Keep his confidence high and let him know you are the one that controls his world(thru NILIF, training and praise when he is making the right choices)
Pups still want to please, but sometimes they don't know how to do so....and reacting to situations that aren't worthy of reacting to is one example.
__________________
Jane~
Kept by Onyx, Kacie and Karlo
onyx'girl is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 32
Default

Thanks for replying!

CJs confidence seems to be very day to day. One day he will be super confident and we will praise like crazy but then the next day he will be timid.

Dogs are the main problem. He thinks he has to defend me from them and just recently some people he's started to think he needs to defend me from. We live on a military base and everytime we go through the gate he barks at the guard like crazy. Then today he tried to bite someone he's met multiple time. We done all kinds of training and socialization but lately he just wants to bite everything.


Sent from Petguide.com Free App
CJthePuppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-24-2014, 08:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
onyx'girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW, MI
Posts: 24,536
Default

He is defending you, or showing reactivity because he wants them to go away. He needs to let you handle things....if you aren't working with a good trainer or club, best to find one asap. And be diligent! Watch for triggers, redirect him BEFORE he becomes reactive.
__________________
Jane~
Kept by Onyx, Kacie and Karlo
onyx'girl is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-26-2014, 09:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 32
Default

Thank you! We have a great train who is helping us with the problem. We are working on picking up the exact trigger. He just changes so quick it's hard to catch it.


Quote:
Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
He is defending you, or showing reactivity because he wants them to go away. He needs to let you handle things....if you aren't working with a good trainer or club, best to find one asap. And be diligent! Watch for triggers, redirect him BEFORE he becomes reactive.




Sent from Petguide.com Free App
CJthePuppy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-26-2014, 09:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
Crowned Member
 
onyx'girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW, MI
Posts: 24,536
Default

It isn't him so much you should be watching, but up the road. Then if you see him stiffen or zone in, redirect him to a toy/tug or food....don't correct him as that can sometimes backfire and the dog sees the correction coming from what they are reacting to.
__________________
Jane~
Kept by Onyx, Kacie and Karlo
onyx'girl is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-26-2014, 10:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Tratkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Chandler, AZ
Posts: 206
Default

For redirecting in the car, try a squeaky toy that magically appears from you as you pull up to the gate. We are working on reactivity in the car now too.
Tratkins is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:37 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum