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01-23-2014 11:16 PM
VCViking
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Originally Posted by policewifemrsmitchell View Post
I just recently bought a pure breed German Shepherd. He's 5 weeks old and I want to get him police trained asap! Would that make him more agressive though to where he can't be around kids?


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Has anyone actually asked her if she is in actual possession of the puppy? By coming out of the gate swinging, why would she come back.

Perhaps she purchased the puppry but the breeder still has the dog and she is thinking ahead. It is possible she just did not communicate herself properly.
01-23-2014 08:39 PM
jocoyn The OP has not responded in 3 days so I suggest we put it to bed.
01-23-2014 08:32 PM
selzer Ah well, I would suggest returning this little guy to his litter, and go and find a dog from specific lines that is already an adolescent with the correct drive, temperament, and who has his hips and elbows already tested to be trained for police-work.

But, probably, whoever sold you a tyke not old enough to leave its dam, probably isn't a good place for the pup anyway. And, I think it takes time and experience with the breed to realize what you are looking for in a green dog, or to find the right people to help you make that choice and not fleece you and drop a dog on you that they want to down load.

ASAP. Is there a reason you need the dog trained for police work ASAP? What I am going to suggest is keeping the little one, and spend the next 2-3 years raising it, training it, and at the same time, train yourself in the various lines, the various outlets there are for dogs, what dogs so well in police work, and so forth.

Good luck with the whelp.
01-23-2014 02:42 PM
Bequavious
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Nancy, was anything done to ensure good bite inhibition? A friend had a singleton (not GSD) who lacked bite inhibition due to having no littermates. Fortunately she wasn't reactive. Her threshholds were extremely high & she lived a long life with only 2 incidents that were due to my friend's drunken spouse inadvertantly hurting the poor dog when she was terminally ill & already in a lot of pain.
I think you can do a lot to teach bite inhibition especially with a "land shark" breed like the gsd. When you're playing you start out letting them bite your hands and stuff, but if it's too hard you "yelp" and ignore them for a bit before resuming play. Then as time goes on, they have to bite you softer and softer until there isn't really any pressure at all. At that point you can teach them not to put their mouths on people at all if you want. This is a good thing to do even if you have other dogs, because they won't be as sensitive as people are.


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01-22-2014 02:28 PM
jocoyn I do not know but the dog is rock solid and was not a shepherd. He is some kind of sharpei husky looking mix.....but she made sure he got exposure to other puppies and adult dogs.
01-22-2014 02:20 PM
RubyTuesday Nancy, was anything done to ensure good bite inhibition? A friend had a singleton (not GSD) who lacked bite inhibition due to having no littermates. Fortunately she wasn't reactive. Her threshholds were extremely high & she lived a long life with only 2 incidents that were due to my friend's drunken spouse inadvertantly hurting the poor dog when she was terminally ill & already in a lot of pain.
01-21-2014 10:23 PM
doggiedad ok, you bought a 5 week old GSD. i think that's a little young
to be taken away form it's litter mates etc. you have to traing
and socialize extremely.

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Originally Posted by policewifemrsmitchell View Post
I just recently bought a pure breed German Shepherd. He's 5 weeks old and I want to get him police trained asap! Would that make him more agressive though to where he can't be around kids?


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01-21-2014 10:17 PM
jocoyn We have a dog on our SAR team who is VERY well adjusted and quite the charming character who was found, as a singleton, at about 3 weeks of age dumped on the side of the road. They thought he was a 'possum when they first found him. I want his handler to write a story about him. He had his first live find about a year ago; an old person with dementia.

His owner went out of her way to provide socialization opportunities for him so it *can* be done.
01-21-2014 10:11 PM
RubyTuesday When I die & find myself condemned to an eternity of flames I'll probably be surrounded by those ghastly popcorn guzzling thingies. bleh...BUT, in the meantime I'm still curious as to the best ways to alleviate the effects of being taken from the litter too young.
01-21-2014 06:02 AM
jocoyn Baillif, if someone is NOT a troll and had a sincere question, you just really insulted them and every insult makes it that much more likely they will not come back and seek the help they need. What the point is that? Why do people jump on a feeding frenzy? It is childish, at best.

If you think someone is a troll, then just don't play along and let it go. Internet trolls thrive on attention, including the popcorn and troll comments. Alternately you can give advice for the reason mentioned by Kaimeju.
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