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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-21-2012, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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How do I teach my dog to be more protective/aggressive?

This may seem like a weird question but no matter who comes to the house or walks in the back yard my dog is happy to see them all even if I'm not around. He is currently 10 months old, I'm glad he is not an aggressive dog but how teach him to be a bit more aggressive or protective of the house and yard.

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1>>>> stop leaving your dog in the yard when you're
not around.

2>>>> your dog is young and you're glad
he's not aggressive.

3>>>> find a trainer.

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1>>>>This may seem like a weird question but no matter who comes to the house or walks in the back yard my dog is happy to see them all

>>>even if I'm not around. <<<<

2>>>> He is currently 10 months old,

>>>> I'm glad he is not an aggressive dog <<<<

3>>>> but how teach him to be a bit more aggressive or protective of the house and yard.

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Continue socializing and setting him up with positive experiences.

Around 18 to 24 months, maybe later, his protectiveness will kick in IF he has the correct temperament for that. It won't be something you can train into him. Either he has it, or not. If he has it, than experienced training can bring that out. (not something to try at home without the help of knowledgeable people).

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You want a friendly happy dog, trust me.

Keep socializing him and once he gets older he will be able to tell the difference between a friendly stranger and a stranger that means you harm.

My male is very, very friendly and loves everyone but when he was 1.5 years old he growled, barked and lunged at 2 crackheads that were approaching me. He had never done that before and he hasn't done it again. I know that he would protect me again though.

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1>>> maybe not. some are protective some aren't.

2>>> how do you know??


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1>>>>> Keep socializing him and once he gets older he will be able to tell the difference between a friendly stranger and a stranger that means you harm.


My male is very, very friendly and loves everyone but when he was 1.5 years old he growled, barked and lunged at 2 crackheads that were approaching me. He had never done that before and he hasn't done it again.
2>>> I know that he would protect me again though.
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I would rather have a friendly dog than a protective dog, especially when it comes to my home. Why? Because the chances of someone coming into my house/yard that I don't want to get scared away are much higher than someone coming in that I want to be.

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1>>> maybe not. some are protective some aren't.

2>>> how do you know??
1) True, some are protective and some are not, but I think that a stable GSD would be able to tell the difference between a threat and a person meaning no harm.

2) I know he would do it again because he has done it before, he and I have a very strong bond, I am his world and he wouldn't stand anyone messing with his mama. I trust him and he trusts me.

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1>>>> stop leaving your dog in the yard when you're
not around.

2>>>> your dog is young and you're glad
he's not aggressive.

3>>>> find a trainer.
I never leave my dog in the yard when I'm not around. I mean when we are outside together and someone comes. Or if I go inside for a minute and someone comes to the yard.
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you have a friendly dog. some Sheps are protective
and some aren't. find a trainer for the protection work.
keep in mind you have a young dog. your dog
may become more protective. whatever it is i want to be
protected from i want my dog protected from it also.

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I never leave my dog in the yard when I'm not around. I mean when we are outside together and someone comes. Or if I go inside for a minute and someone comes to the yard.
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Some GSD's do not become protective until they are mature. Many times you will begin to see some protectiveness between 12-18 months. Some earlier, some never. If you really want to see if he has it in him to be protective then I agree with Doggiedad-find a trainer.

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