|11-09-2013 03:02 PM|
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|10-01-2013 04:51 PM|
My girl Tess, who is 13 months old, is the same way, she sleeps with one eye open. She is always alert and watchful, always on guard. ....But, she also plays constantly with my 8 month old Cairn Terrier, going right in to a submissive pose with my Cairn standing over her (priceless).
People do cross the street at times when I'm out walking her and if a stranger where to step on our property, I know that Tess's bark alone will make him think again about coming any further. That's all I need, she's being a German Shepherd. For the most part, being protective is what they do.....isn't it?
|09-14-2013 05:01 PM|
|Pat in Arizona||
We started our two shepherds at 6 months with a certified trainer. Mostly he taught us how to work with them. We started them kind of early because we are in our 60s and they were getting big fast, and would have started earlier but we have a huge parvo problem here in the desert and the vet wanted us to wait until they had their full series of vaccines before we took them out of the yard. The military (at Lackland AFB) fosters puppies out for a year and starts training after a year. I have also found that youtube has videos on just about everything, so if you want to start your pup out on baby lessons, you could probably do that.
Btw, I think it is important to figure out what exactly you want your dog to do--do you need it to be sociable with visitors, do you want it to rip into intruders, etc. Their personalities may or may not go along with your purposes, so keep that in mind. Our Jack is a security guy and Kuma (they are brothers) would give a stranger a beer.
You can learn a lot from books and videos--but we got a lot of important information from the trainer too. If you can afford the trainer, I suggest getting a few lessons. From there it is up to you to work daily with your dog--1 to 2 hours if possible.
|09-09-2013 10:35 AM|
|Chip Blasiole||The GSD is supposed to be an aggressive dog. THe aggression is used to effectively engage a person when biting. There are various drives that are catalyst for aggression.|
|09-09-2013 09:36 AM|
I have two- my girl is 16 months, my boy is 11 months.
They are the sweetest most lovable pups ever! My boy at 90 lbs thinks he is a lap dog. They Love to snuggle up and give kisses.
BUT help anyone who would ever try to come up and hurt us. My Girl sleeps with on eye open, both are always on watch. I don't think it's something you need to teach- mine do it instinctually.
If I'm ok people they are fine, I socialize, take them to work with me, always have people over.
If you ring our bell-watch out.
My huge thing was teaching them "Enough-its Ok"
Your little one will watch out for you and be the best company when your husband needs to be away
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|09-07-2013 01:49 PM|
|Jax08||Deno - please post a video of your dog working. I know you have some as I've seen them posted on another board.|
|09-07-2013 01:40 PM|
|09-07-2013 11:56 AM|
Are you saying that an inexperienced person can just read a book, watch a couple videos and successfully train their dog in protection work? If you are than you are very wrong.
|09-07-2013 11:29 AM|
|09-05-2013 09:55 PM|
before the puppy how were you guarded? what form of protection
did you use before the puppy? if i wanted a dog for protection i would
find a professional trainer.
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