|10-06-2013 11:18 AM|
Hi! It is definitely not too late. It just requires being consistent with training and patience. Try to get a trainer/behaviorist. It is definitely worth it. You will learn a lot just by observing how they train and copying their attitude/posture .
If you cannot, there are plenty of resources online to help you train on your own...
Start off with throwing treats on the floor whenever she sees a person. Perhaps have a friend stand at a distance where the dog does not react , they should ignore the dog completely. Start off by throwing a few high value treats like bits of chicken or hot dog one at a time on the floor and saying 'find it' or 'go get it'. Then do a few sits, downs and a few steps of walking on heel while you treat him. Make sure to stop the training on a very positive note, where the dog is feeling confident and happy, dont push it Over many sessions, decrease the distance gradually by just throwing the treats just a little closer to the person each time. You can also sit outside for his meal time (or in your car) and hand feed him his kibble as people walk by.
For the food aggression, throw him high value treats as you walk by while she eats her meal or is chewing a bone.
|10-05-2013 04:42 PM|
We had a similar situation but are working on it and its getting better. We will approach people from a distance and let her watch then while we treat her if shes not reacting. We get closer after about every 9 days or so, if she starts reacting we move her back until shes out of her "threshold". We also bring her to parking lots and let her watch from inside the car while we treat her if she doesnt react. I would think at this point a petsmart or dog park is too much for your pup. I would go slow but start now and do it every day. You can PM me if you need other ideas or have questions. It has not been easy but shes much much better now.
Also, we suggest a puppy class, we got lucky because ours is very small (1-2 other people/dogs). For when she barks for growls we instantly say QUIET and the very second she stops shove a treat in there to reward. Our has never had food aggression unless we tried to take away a "high level" treat like a trachea, since we got her we have fed her part by hand and will also touch her head/feet/tail. Maybe start by hand feeding her 100% until you can start touching her and sticking your hands in the bowl.
|10-05-2013 04:28 PM|
Its definitely not too late. I suggest enrolling him in a puppy class and keep taking him out. Petsmart, dog parks, anytime ppl are outside, social gatherings, etc. The most important thing is DON'T LOSE PATIENCE. It can be frustrating at times but eventually your pup will get better.
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|10-05-2013 04:19 PM|
|Lucy Dog||Get your puppy in a good training class. It's not too late.|
|10-05-2013 04:02 PM|
5 month old GS puppy. Barking, growling, fearful of people
We have had our GS puppy since she was 8 weeks. We haven't socialized her much with other people. She barks growls at other people and cowers behind us. She also had food aggression. Is it too late to try and socialize her? What do we do when she growls barks? Help!