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03-30-2014 07:22 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by Jax08 View Post

IMO, he's probably mouthing your hand from habit and to get attention. Get your hands in the air when he does that and walk away not saying a word. he will learn that doing that gets him the opposite quickly.

Jumping - teach him an incompatible behavior like sitting.

I don't see any red flags in your posts and sounds like you are doing everything right. just give him a little while to settle in.
Yep 7 years and Rocky still likes to do that. If I give him the chance not an issue with me. Depends on the dog.
03-30-2014 06:49 PM
Sabis mom
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Thanks for the warm welcome and all the support guys! Yeah I made sure to get him on a good quality diet since he had been eating some crappy farm supply food. I've got him on TOTW right now, which I'm mixing with a locally made natural raw meat dog food. This has finally gotten him to start eating on his own As far as the mouthing goes, I think it's almost like hand holding. It's like he has to have his mouth on my hand if I'm walking somewhere. I also got a glimpse of his crazy puppy playfulness finally. He picked up an apple core in the house and started tossing it to himself. This promptly caused him to start running around the house at full speed chasing the apple as we kicked it around . I don't know how many of you have hardwood floors, but a whacked out 100 lb "puppy" rampaging around the house = free moving service.
The mouthing could very well be hand holding, a number of breeds do this as an affectionate thing. It is also often seen in pups taken from moms too young. It should still be discouraged but gently, with respect to the fact that he does this because he likes you.
03-30-2014 06:31 PM
TheDuke Thanks for the warm welcome and all the support guys! Yeah I made sure to get him on a good quality diet since he had been eating some crappy farm supply food. I've got him on TOTW right now, which I'm mixing with a locally made natural raw meat dog food. This has finally gotten him to start eating on his own As far as the mouthing goes, I think it's almost like hand holding. It's like he has to have his mouth on my hand if I'm walking somewhere. I also got a glimpse of his crazy puppy playfulness finally. He picked up an apple core in the house and started tossing it to himself. This promptly caused him to start running around the house at full speed chasing the apple as we kicked it around . I don't know how many of you have hardwood floors, but a whacked out 100 lb "puppy" rampaging around the house = free moving service.
03-28-2014 09:49 AM
katieliz Just want to say thank you for helping him and for caring that you do the right things for him. Welcome to the board.

Oh, and nutrition is VERY important, please feed him a high quality food. It makes SO much difference.
03-28-2014 09:19 AM
Sri Good it is you who rescued him! He seems like a sweet guy. Also, since I am dealing with dog reactivity, you are lucky that you don't have to deal with it . Do make sure to not let him meet any dogs while you are walking him so he gets in the habit of ignoring them. Good luck with him!!


My take on the hand mouthing thing with our dog is its his way of trying to lead me somewhere. Usually its a toy stuck under a couch or a table or put away on a counter. Since they don't have hands they try to grab our attention with their mouth. I usually just say 'what is it?" and he walks to where he wants my help.

Ofcourse I don't know if this is the situation with your dog, but just throwing it out there. Perhaps yours just wants affection.
03-27-2014 09:58 AM
Bridget He is a beautiful boy. I love the one where he is on his back. Thank you for helping him. Sounds like you are doing everything right to me. Great advice on this board. Welcome.
03-26-2014 11:27 PM
TheDuke Here's a couple more pictures of the big goofball. He rolls on his back in front of one of my roommates all the time since he knows it will get him pets. I think he has my roommate trained at this point The picture of him on his back is him being a butthead and deciding he didn't feel like going in his crate. I'm thinking of getting a flirt pole to see if he has interest in it since our exercise regime is lacking, and he could care less about any toys. Sorry if I'm rambling about random stuff, I just love this boy and am happy to be a part of the GSD crowd.
03-26-2014 01:07 PM
TheDuke Thanks for all the helpful information and reassurance guys. It really has helped ease my mind that the best thing to do is stick with our routine and let him come around on his own terms. Right now we're working on a sit stay before coming out of the crate, and going outside. He's not a charger but I figure it's good practice for when we do them in a more distracting environment. Occasionally when he's laying down inside he'll let out a big ol groan, is he bored or are GSD just more vocal dogs? I want to take him to get neutered as well, should I wait a little while longer until he's settled to do that or is that something I can do now? Here's a couple pictures of him, I have more on my phone that I'll upload soon.
03-25-2014 11:14 PM
Bear L It takes some dogs a while to settle and their true nature to show. Whatever you see the first 3 weeks are likely not it or not all of it. Once a dog settles they normally become more playful if they aren't already, this includes becoming more food and toy motivated and possibly more aggressive as well (ie. territorial usually comes later). Having a dog to show him will help him if you have friends with good stable dogs that he can learn from. I think one month is usually a good time when you will see more of himself come through.

Unless the dog is underweight I wouldn't fuss too much about his eating habits. Not sure if it has to be with the kind of food you're feeding too.

Initially I'd suggest to make the dog comfortable and feeling safe. I wouldn't expect too much more than that nor assume how he's like the first couple days is how he really is... just watch all his actions carefully for the first few months even if you think he's ok around dogs/kids/people right now. It's too early to tell anything from just 6 days.

Just some thoughts based on my fostering experience.
03-25-2014 11:08 PM
Chris Wild I would avoid expecting him to interact with strangers until he has acclimated to his new home, you've gotten to know him better and he has bonded to you. Right now he is extremely stressed, completely out of his element and away from anything he finds comfortable and familiar, and doesn't yet have enough of a relationship with you to trust you and follow your lead when it comes to how to interact with visitors. You've had him 6 days. That is no where near enough time yet for him to adjust and bond, or for his true personality to really surface. Depending on his temperament and past experience it might take 6 weeks. It might take 6 months. Until he's fully adjusted and bonded to you and the two of you have a strong relationship and one where he will cue off you on how to react, avoid situations that could be problematic.
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