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04-27-2014 06:01 PM
Chip18 Hiring a trainer is never a bad idea! And no judgement on my part. You asked an intelligent well thought out question, I'm impressed!

You would not want to have met the first dog I trained when I was your age!

My guy had "people issue" I just never gave him a chance to get that first nip! I did "Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" I have no problems with him and he is the good will ambassador for GSD's in my town!

Read the article, trainer or not you'll know what to look for in any case. Lose the age "qualification" you don't need it, in my opinion and Welcome aboard.
04-27-2014 05:57 PM
Harry and Lola You need to try and be laid back yourself. I know it is hard to be calm and easy going when you have a reactive GSD, but I find if I am in the right mood, then my reactive 'Harry' will usually be as well.

Also with strangers, I'm not sure if you are just walking by or allowing him to meet them, but I wouldn't acknowledge them. I would just keep walking getting his focus on me and if he reacts whilst passing, reprimand him. If you are allowing him close enough to meet and sniff, I wouldn't bother allowing to do this. If you are in a situation where you have to talk to a strange person, have him sitting at your side, focusing on you using a reward when he does and ask the person to ignore him, not to look at him.

Other than this, just keep persevering, he is only young and still has quite a lot of maturing to do. You are aware of his problem so you sound very vigilant and in time with your training things will improve.
04-27-2014 05:49 PM
SunCzarina You'll be fine because even though you're young, you don't know everything and are willing to ask for advice (I'm only half kidding).

Like I said in your other thread, I was you a very long time and 5 german shepherds ago. The dog I got at 16 grew up to be perfect, perhaps not due to my insecurities about needing *help* to handle my dog. He was so perfect at 4, he would walk around without a leash. I got so many dirty looks but where I lived we had an animal control law - animals under a humans control, don't need a leash.
04-27-2014 05:17 PM
Gwenhwyfair Thanks, it's hard on the 'net sometimes things get lost in just the text on the screen.

Yeah, I think with the right trainer you'll be just fine!

I just want to reiterate, again because I bumped into the problem myself, some trainers just aren't as good with GSDs. I had one trainer I swear was intimidated by them. So I had to shop around for a good trainer. That's why I mentioned IPO (or Schutzhund) experienced trainers because they tend to be better at reading dogs and understanding the drives our GSDs have. If you can find one that is in your area.....

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Well in that case, thank you! I'm just used to being dismissed because of my age which is frustrating because I think it makes sense to go to older, more experienced owners for advice. Each dog is different though I guess and with any luck a trainer will be a massive help. Thanks again!
04-27-2014 04:57 PM
Alice whiteoak
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Oh I hope I wasn't one of those who came across that way, if I did I sure didn't mean to!

I went through a similar situation with my dog, Ilda, fortunately I had just enough experience to keep things under control but to proactively fix it I needed a trainer. She went through a wonky stage like that starting at about ten months, one person she'd walk by just fine, the next heckle up and bark for no apparent reason.

What I found was by working with a trainer, being given the tools and techniques to work through this stage I became more confident.

So, I've been in your shoes too.
Well in that case, thank you! I'm just used to being dismissed because of my age which is frustrating because I think it makes sense to go to older, more experienced owners for advice. Each dog is different though I guess and with any luck a trainer will be a massive help. Thanks again!
04-27-2014 04:20 PM
Gwenhwyfair Oh I hope I wasn't one of those who came across that way, if I did I sure didn't mean to!

I went through a similar situation with my dog, Ilda, fortunately I had just enough experience to keep things under control but to proactively fix it I needed a trainer. She went through a wonky stage like that starting at about ten months, one person she'd walk by just fine, the next heckle up and bark for no apparent reason.

What I found was by working with a trainer, being given the tools and techniques to work through this stage I became more confident.

So, I've been in your shoes too.


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Originally Posted by Alice whiteoak View Post
Thanks to everyone who responded in a non patronising manner! I'll be sure to work on things including my own confidence with Rico. Also going to look at dog trainers in this coming week, hopefully he'll come right out of it as he's a good dog, he's still very young and I have good intentions as an owner. Cheers!
04-27-2014 04:11 PM
Alice whiteoak Thanks to everyone who responded in a non patronising manner! I'll be sure to work on things including my own confidence with Rico. Also going to look at dog trainers in this coming week, hopefully he'll come right out of it as he's a good dog, he's still very young and I have good intentions as an owner. Cheers!
04-27-2014 04:01 PM
Gwenhwyfair Dog has nipped people twice now.

OP is only 17 and sounds like not a lot of experience with GSDs.

I really strongly recommend you find a good trainer, one that is experienced with GSDs. Preferably a trainer that works with dogs in bite sports/IPO if you can find one.

I'm afraid that if your dog feels like he's winning i.e. nipping gets the result HE desires you're going to have a dog with a 'bite history' before you know it.

Nothing against the good advice given here but given the situation, your age, your lack of confidence you mention, the dog's age I think you need more hands on guidance to set you and your dog up for success then what you can get on the internet.

This, IMO, is not something to mess around with for your sake and your dogs.

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I recently asked about my dog nipping a stranger on a walk and... he's done it again. To be fair, he'd just been chased down by a dog and the person he nipped was the owner of said dog. My dog's 11 months old and with the weather getting warmer I'm now bumping into more people and more dogs. He seems to be fine with dogs, his back may go up a little but he'll just sniff and move on. With people though, it's seeming to be hit and miss - this makes it more frustrating because I never know how he'll react to each person!! Some he'll just walk by without even acknowledging, others he'll sniff and forget about and some he'll lunge towards (which has now resulted in two nips). It's really bothering me now because I'm beginning to dread taking him out and I think my own personal insecurity about being 17 with a big dog is contributing.
Does anyone have any tips on how I can train my dog to be more laid back on walks?
Thanks.(
04-27-2014 03:50 PM
Lauri & The Gang Do a Google search on LAT training. It can help greatly with reactive dogs.
04-27-2014 01:43 PM
Chip18 http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html

Most of what you need is in post 8:

New Dog, Very Challenging - German Shepherd Dog Forums

"Who pets my puppy or Dog is what I do" unless you "know" another dog is safe, stay away from them! If he gets attacked..you'll be dealing with a whole set of different issues.

My dogs are taught to ignore other dogs and my GSD was taught to ignore people..."move alone dog nothing to see here."

As long as your..."not sure" how your dog "will react" then he should never be allowed to initiate any meeting. You should be between your dog and people and don't be or do "I thought my dog was friendly folks!"

Dog should be behind you or alongside "never in front" and pulling.
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