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01-28-2014 06:12 PM
Nikitta I've never been attacked by a big dog. A little one bite me and broke the skin. I'm on my 6th and 7th GSD and 8th owned big dog and the worst that has ever happened is one had growled at me.
01-28-2014 05:53 PM
Sansa's Mom When I was 8, I was attacked by a great dane. He stood eye to eye with me while standing on all fours. I was more scared than hurt, and came away with it just with some skinned limbs and scratches on my neck. I have still been able to own GSD's without being afraid. Like others have said, just train your dog well and strengthen your bond. Try to remember that this dog is not the dog who attacked you.

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01-13-2014 06:08 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by kamkim View Post
...except come, down, and no bite - she ignores all of these commands.
No, she doesn't. She simply hasn't fully learned them yet, or generalized them, or understands why she needs to comply. Take your pick, it could be any/all of the above. A three month old puppy is just a baby, and a month of training is practically nothing at that stage of development.

Training takes time and patience, and puppies have very short attention spans, so keep your expectations reasonable. Instead of wondering why she's "ignoring" you, think about how you can communicate more clearly with her, reinforce the behavior that you want, and limit her opportunities to practice behavior that you don't want. Training, (and playing with her!) will help build a bond.
01-13-2014 04:07 PM
Dudes mom Like the others have posted, train and bond with your pup, enjoy her. You specifically say that you are afraid that once she is grown you will be afraid of her. I want to make one point, for me anyway, and for some others that I know, you never quite see YOUR puppy as being large, they are always tiny! My pups are both over 70 lbs now but when I look at them I see them as they were, little ones who depend on me. I doubt you will be afraid of your girl that you are raising!
01-13-2014 03:43 PM
Eiros I got multiple bites by an Akita at 5 years old for trying to take his bone away, so I can relate!

Train her, socialize her, and respect her. Bad experiences don't need to define us. I am not afraid of my dog, afraid to take his food, or afraid to take his items. I don't, but he will let me.

Your job is to teach her what behavior is right and what is wrong, and if you do, she will grow up to be amazing!!! Be confident, and become the person she trusts to handle things.
01-13-2014 02:34 PM
angierose Do you think you'd be able to do a training class with her? A good class may help you learn to "read" her very well, and you could see other dogs more from a distance and learn a bit from them too. But if you would be nervous it probably wouldn't be a good idea; she may feel your fear of the other dogs and react to it.
01-13-2014 02:21 PM
kamkim Thank you for the replies, you all have made me feel a little bit better. I am the one that feeds her, and does most of the training. She is growing on me for sure
01-13-2014 02:00 PM
misslesleedavis1 I think that you will grow with her she will transform into a gorgeous young girl and you will be there every step of the way, you will know her inside and out and your bond will be solid.
01-13-2014 01:58 PM
Sp00ks I was attacked by a GSD K9 at about 6-7 years old. 52 stitches in my neck and face. I woke up with a Dr. sitting on my chest. It revolved around food.

Cocker Spaniels have more bite incidents per year than any large breed. I love big dogs. I was afraid for awhile as a child after it happened. I have always immersed myself in our dogs. You keep bonding and training and I can't imagine you having an issue when she gets bigger. My pup loves when I get on the floor with him.

I had a breakthrough on the biting this weekend. He would bite, I tell him "no biting", he would bite again and I would get up off the floor, sit in my office chair with my back to him and he reacted like the world was ending. About 4 reps of this and he hasn't bit me since. Now when I see the teeth coming, "no biting" and he has actually redirected *himself* to a toy. Usually his bone since that what we had been redirecting to, when he got mouthy.
01-13-2014 01:40 PM
MichaelE Every dog is different. If you have mutual respect for one another and are bonded I could never see a dog you owned biting you.

I have been severely bitten by a GSD and a Labrador Retriever, and two minor bites from another GSD and a Doberman. That doesn't make me afraid of these dogs. One attacked without warning and the others I missed the warning signs. They were there though.

A painful lesson to be sure, but I understand a lot more now about GSD's than I did when I was much younger.
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