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Old 03-22-2014, 04:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hello from California.

So I just got a 5 month GSD.

He's pretty awesome for the most part, took the change of families well, smart as a whip, gentle for the most part etc. Issue is that he is pretty fearful, I'd guess a case of under socialization, he lived in a quiet neighborhood with a yard, I live in the middle of San Diego with next to no yard.

Right now I've had Hondo for about four days, he's JUST starting to warm up and act like a puppy, so I'm giving him a couple weeks before I go looking for a trainer. I've had a pile of large working dogs, a German, Shilo and King Sherperds, Coroso, Rotti, etc. This is the first time I've had one that was skittish, so I'm in new territory. My concern is that he's 55 pounds or so now at barely 5 months, he's going to be big, he's still all ears and paws. I don't want a dog of this size acting out of fear.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome and congrats on the new pup! Hopefully the skittish behavior is just part of adjusting to the new home and she'll settle in soon.
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don't worry about the skittishness. my puppy got over his fear of walking and cars very quickly. instead of howling during car rides he now sleeps or sits quietly in my arms, and on walks instead of running from cars he tries to chase them. just be patient and act like everything is always OK, don't cuddle him when he's afraid but just talk to him normally and scratch his head. his experience that things in uncomfortable situations always turn out OK are important. 5 months may mean his skittishness is more ingrained but he's still a young fellow. feel free to PM me at any time if you have questions. I'm no expert but my puppy was very excitable so we may be in the same boat for that.

Good luck with him!
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don't worry about the skittishness. my puppy got over his fear of walking and cars very quickly. instead of howling during car rides he now sleeps or sits quietly in my arms, and on walks instead of running from cars he tries to chase them. just be patient and act like everything is always OK, don't cuddle him when he's afraid but just talk to him normally and scratch his head. his experience that things in uncomfortable situations always turn out OK are important. 5 months may mean his skittishness is more ingrained but he's still a young fellow. feel free to PM me at any time if you have questions. I'm no expert but my puppy was very excitable so we may be in the same boat for that.

Good luck with him!
It not cars or noises that he reacts to, its people and other dogs. He cowers enough from other animals to key them up. This includes running circles behind me. Granted there is an adjustment period, its something that I'm keeping an eye on.

I'm giving him a couple weeks, right now I'm still working on manners type stuff, leash training, sit, stay, and whatnot.
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If you're not familiar with leerburg.com you might want to check out some of their videos and articles about bringing a dog into the home. It covers the first two week adjustment period without stressing the dog.
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