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03-02-2014 08:44 PM
Chip18 The dog should not have to decide who is friend or foe that's your job! Pretty much as simple as that.
03-02-2014 06:29 PM
LoveSea She should not be allowed to be off lead & charge people. That is very scary!! This is my 4th GSD, I grew up around dobermans as well & if I were walking down the street & saw one charging at me I would be terrified! You never know what a dog will do. Keep her on a lead.

When I walk my dogs down the street, as recent as today, when I am on a sidewalk & see people approach us I always pull to the side to let the person pass because I can imagine how intimidating we must look coming at you - 2 dogs, 1 a large GSD & a medium mix. It is just respect for others. We have to face it - powerful breeds, GSD, Dobermans, Akitas, Pitbulls, Rottweilers, etc., will always have a reputation & it is very understandable! They are all protective breeds that can do serious damage if they please. If my docile mix ran up to you off leash, it would not be nearly as terrifying.

I do muzzle my GSD on walks. It is just so worth it & a safety measure. You really don't want a bite. Mine bit someone & it was the most upsetting thing ever. I still feel awful. In all my years of owning dogs, I have never had a single bite to anyone. This dog was abused & is fearful, so I learned from this. I will always muzzle him in public.
02-21-2014 06:37 PM
carmspack quote ( she barks at other dogs (she never does this off lead) )
so what does she do -- does she run up to them to visit
02-21-2014 05:17 PM
jessiecia5 Hi,my dog Jessie is very similar,when we are out and she barks at other dogs (she never does this off lead) I notice her change in stature then get out the treats and say "watch me" so she associates something yummy with seeing other dogs,after lots of repititions it does work but you have to do it every time. Also I make sure I'm the boss always,no free feeding,me walking through doorways first especially when starting the walk so we start the walk calmly,hope that is off some help!
02-21-2014 11:52 AM
Safzola
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Originally Posted by nikon22shooter View Post
Same here. And if they drop it, I say "Ah uh! Get it" And they scoop it off the ground and try again haha.

Silly dogs
ahh they are so funny..........
02-18-2014 01:02 PM
nikon22shooter
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Lol, mine hands me his frisbee. It tires him out bigtime, while I'm just standing there. Zero effort is right, lol. How does this sound, do you have the space for it?
Same here. And if they drop it, I say "Ah uh! Get it" And they scoop it off the ground and try again haha.

Silly dogs
02-18-2014 12:47 PM
Blanketback
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I trained my dogs to drop the ball in my lap.
Lol, mine hands me his frisbee. It tires him out bigtime, while I'm just standing there. Zero effort is right, lol. How does this sound, do you have the space for it?
02-18-2014 12:39 PM
Chip18 This is the guide I used in training my dog, He never got the chance to exhibit, the behaviour your dogie is showing. Him deciding that 25% of strangers are objectionable isn't good enough. It means he's picking and choosing and not you!

Leerburg | Who Pets Your Puppy or Dog

I did not do toys and stick myself precisely because of the reasons you stated...where is that freaking stick,toy, etc before I can go out the door!


Every dog doesn't have to like people but most can be taught to ignore people. Telling him to sit is a stressor, just ignore and move on should be the goal. If I had to speak to someone, I'd step in front of my dog and shield him. After awhile he accepted this as routine. When I finally let someone pet him, I knew his demeanor, he was behind me waiting as he always was, his demeanor was the same as always..calmly behind me, I let the guy pet him..and Rocky could care less...job done!
02-18-2014 12:37 PM
nikon22shooter I play fetch, I trained my dogs to drop the ball in my lap. It takes zero exercise from my part but after 15 minutes my dogs are pooped and I'm sippin on some iced tea hahahaha
02-18-2014 12:34 PM
Blanketback How about walking, or even better a nice swim? That's how I exercise my pup in the summer and it's very good for them - not so hard on their joints. Or ours, lmao.
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