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Old 12-16-2013, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! New member and GSD owner. Last week I rehomed a 1 1/2 year old male intact GSD. His previous owners "didn't have time" for him. He came from a home with an infant, a 5yr old and another large male dog. He comes to a home with a 10 year old female cocker spaniel, the first day was an adjustment for them both but they have since done very well together. My boyfriend I also 4 children together ages 5, 8, 13 & 15. While he was meant to be my boyfriends dog, he has become a little more attached to me. His proctetive instincts have already kicked in as well. He enjoys spending time with the BF and I, but does not seem to like the children as much. We are taking it slow, ensuring they aren't to pushy but that they come around him enough, give him treats, help with feeding etc. He'll be ok, then they will dissapear for awhile, mainly the teenagers, then he goes back to the growling. He doesn't charge or go after just growling and distancing himself. He is a very good dog, knows all basic commands, also very eager to learn. I'm looking forward to teaching him even more. We had our first guest last night, she rang the door bell, I took him to the door with me, made him sit, there was a little bit of growling as she came in, we did introductions and he was great. She also had an infant and it seemed as soon as she realized she had a baby, he was overjoyed and welcoming. Does anyone has any advise on getting him to warm up and be more comfortable with the children? When we picked him up, he interacted well with the 5 year old in his previous home. So I'm certain it's possible. Should I just give him more time. Tonight, I've made a point that the teenagers have to hang out with the family, so he realizes they are one of us. Any other tips?
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have the children do some of the feeding, walking/playing with him and he should warm up to them in no time.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would say the two older ones are old enough to take responsibility to feed and play with the dog. The two younger ones, I would supervise the interaction for awhile until you really get to know your new dog. Since it's only been a week I think there is a good possibility it will all work out when everyone gets to know each other better. Watch the dog's reactions to different people and it will help you get to know how your dog thinks about certain actions, etc.
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Thank you, I was thinking, the reason he has attached himself more to me is because I do the walking, feeding and grooming. Having a very easy going, chill, not a care in the world cocker spaniel to a German Shepherd is definitely an adjustment for us all. I wanted a home protecter, the cs is nearly deaf and loves everyone. I grew up with Chows and have owned 2 rotties, so I have the experience with large dogs. The rest of the house, not so much.
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