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01-18-2014 08:50 PM
Msmaria I understand what everyone is saying. Right now I can see Dexter is trying to figure out whos scary and whos not. Usually its people who are staring at him and moving slowly towards him. Im glad to hear they get a little more confident. Since Dex is a rescue I dont know what his family history is regarding nerves.
01-18-2014 08:44 PM
Msmaria
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what butthead phase? "when your dog isn't doing what
you want you have to stop and ask yourself what am i
doing wrong". i think i read that on this forum.
Lol, yes it took me a bit my surprise because he was super obedient before he hit 8 months. Its not the dog that needs the training its me.
01-18-2014 11:54 AM
Gretchen More challenges for the next 6 months so keep him busy with your training activities. As he starts to reach 2yrs, he should start to relax a bit, be more enjoyable. You and your dog will start to feel like a team, he will become very intuitive. My dog at 3.5 yrs still wants to be social and meet other dogs, just plays less but likes being in their presence. She will always be extremely protective.
01-18-2014 09:52 AM
Sarah~ Eko will be 2 on Valentine's day, he has really mellowed out and become a great dog. Much more focused. He definitely protects his people and his house, but he's gotten better at being protective at the right time, if you know what I mean. Better at reading people and situations
01-18-2014 09:32 AM
havery My girl is 17 months and so far the differences I've noticed in her is pretty much the difference between me at 14 yo versus 22 or so lol....the same basic personality, but calmer, more confident, and takes less crap from peers but less...aggressive isn't the right word, she was never aggressive, but impulsive? That sounds more right. The last month those changes have been particularly noticeable, I'm quite proud of the lovely girl she's turned into. She's also physically filled out recently as well and could be her mother's twin, which I'm very pleased with :-)
01-17-2014 09:57 PM
doggiedad what butthead phase? "when your dog isn't doing what
you want you have to stop and ask yourself what am i
doing wrong". i think i read that on this forum.

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Ohh I really needed to hear that. This past year with the landshark phase and the butthead phase, sometimes I wasn't sure id make it.
01-17-2014 07:33 PM
llombardo My female became more serious and watches everything very carefully. She was always confident, but asserts it more now. She isn't aggressive, but she doesn't take crap and gets her way more often then not . The male is more playful and sometimes still gets corrected by the others. He doesn't get any passes and is expected to act right. They are similar but different at the same time , it's weird. I have an older female that isn't a GSD and she is the top dog, but I can see that she is teaching the female GSD how to be in that role. The older dog hasn't given it up, but when she does it will be to the female GSD. Right now they share the responsibility of keeping the boys in line .
01-17-2014 06:56 PM
Msmaria Ohh I really needed to hear that. This past year with the landshark phase and the butthead phase, sometimes I wasn't sure id make it.
01-17-2014 06:45 PM
Sunflowers I have seen much more focus, calmness, and loads more affection from one year to two.
Also, when I tell him to leave it, he really will leave anything I ask.
01-17-2014 06:40 PM
Msmaria I love having a german shepherd. Other people in my class say they work on a command all week. I cheat sometimes and we work on it about 10 times the day before class and he gets it
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