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Old 04-22-2014, 10:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello all, i recently adopted (i guess you can say) a 2 year old german shepherd named sully. my neighbors moved out and couldn't take sully and had to leave him in the back yard, they were bringing him food just about ever day from what they told me. well, one morning last week when leaving for work he got out and ran right up to me ready to play. i knew the owners moved out and he would get out again if i tried to get him in their back yard so i put him in my back yard and contacted the owner, well they couldn't find a home for him and was planning on bringing him to the pound, so i told them i would take care of him and if they found a good home to let me know but that hasn't happened and i was asked to keep him, so i said yes and if it doesn't work out i will try to find a home for him because i couldn't see him going to a shelter and taking a chance of being put down. he really is a good dog but he needs a lot of work. he has never had any interaction with any other animals and very little with humans. the only serious problem is he is highly aggressive to other animals, especially dog. when he sees another do he goes into killer attack mode, if we can overcome that he will forever have a place in my family. so here i am hoping to gain some knowledge from other gs owners. i live in covington la so if anyone knows someone local that could help i would greatly appreciate it. thanks for reading

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you for taking him in. He'll need patience and a lot of rules. They're a breed that craves structure. You can start working with him at home, teaching him to sit and how to look at you - say look at me and wave a treat infront of your eyes.

I wouldn't take him out walking until you have a trainer. Ask around for training facilities, pull someone over if you have to when you see a person walking a well mannered dog.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for taking him in. He'll need patience and a lot of rules. They're a breed that craves structure. You can start working with him at home, teaching him to sit and how to look at you - say look at me and wave a treat infront of your eyes.

I wouldn't take him out walking until you have a trainer. Ask around for training facilities, pull someone over if you have to when you see a person walking a well mannered dog.
thank you. just in the past week he has made a complete turn around, i have already been taking him on daily walks but cautiously, i use a prong collar, a choker and a muzzle when we leave the yard. he loves people and attention, great so far with kids too. the previous owner that had him since he was a pup has a 8yo son, cautiously (always on leash) i have let my 5yo meet him and they have really hit it off, at first he was muzzled when i let my son pet and play with him but im gaining some trust but always paying close attention to body language. but so far in our first week together i have broke him of jumping on people, on the leash i taught him to heel when i stop walking. sit by pointing to the ground, i put a treat on the ground and he doesn't eat it until i say "eat". i will begin working on the eye contact with the treat tomorrow (good advice). it is truly incredible just how intelligent he is. he had no structure last week and now he looks like we have been working together for months. i am in search for a good trainer but the selection is limited in my area but i will be in contact with the few out there this week
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What a nice story. Super exciting to see a wild dog being transformed into a family dog.
I loved that about fostering dogs. You can turn them around so quickly if you invest the time.
Enjoy him but keep your eyes and ears open, especially when it comes to your kids. It takes a dog about 4 - 5 weeks to show all its true colors.
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"Eyes" / "look at me" (aka focus!) is a really, really important command when working with a dog-aggressive or reactive dog. I would definitely recommend getting a behaviorist involved ASAP if you can swing it - the sooner, the better; you want to catch and re-shape behaviors as early as possible. On the main forum page (germanshepherds.com/forum), scroll down until you see a section called "Finding a Good Trainer" (link: Finding a Good Trainer - German Shepherd Dog Forums). In the top right corner of that forum, on the brown bar, there is a link that says "search this forum." You can use that feature to search for reviews on trainers & behaviorists near you! Or, start up your own thread there and see what trainers & behaviorists other people have had success with in your neck of the woods.

Other good sections for you to read are: General Behavior - German Shepherd Dog Forums and Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Good luck! Rehabing a shepherd is difficult but ssssoooooo rewarding.
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Where are you located? Someone may know of a good trainer in the area.
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Where are you located? Someone may know of a good trainer in the area.
Covington LA. about 30 mins from new orleans
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