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05-03-2014 12:38 AM
Chip18 I post this link a lot! But some useful links in post 8:

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05-02-2014 02:20 PM
Originally Posted by wolfy dog View Post
The Netherlands has many dog clubs everywhere. It is just a matter of taking the time to drive out there.
You might have missed this post by the OP

The nearest training place that accepts GSDs is over an hour away by car (and I cannot drive, and dogs are not allowed on buses).
05-02-2014 01:58 PM
DJEtzel He doesn't need to socialize at all. He just needs to be trained not to react to other dogs.

Look At That training works wonders on reactivity.
05-02-2014 01:49 PM
wolfy dog The Netherlands has many dog clubs everywhere. It is just a matter of taking the time to drive out there. And if you search you can find plenty of city parks to exercise him. There are many good dog training clubs. I have lived there for several years and never had that problem
It is a very small country and if you drive half an hour you will be out of any rural area.
05-02-2014 01:08 PM
Gretchen I agree with the training advice, even if it means buying a lot of videos and books. You may also want to look into redirecting your pup's energy into something fun, like agility. If you have land, look into investing in some fun tunnels, A-frames, weave poles. I know this won't help with socialization, but at least your dog may enjoy a fun sport and be less stressed.
05-02-2014 11:32 AM
Amurphy26 I'm the same. I didn't have any friends with big dogs and we have lots of free roaming livestock so it's mostly lead walks. That's where the posters and chatting to strangers come in. If your dog can't greet another dog politely I would say at this stage you don't want him to be off lead with other dogs, at least not till he has learnt to be calm around them. You could really do with some controlled on lead walks with other dogs.

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05-02-2014 11:24 AM
DellaWrangler If you can't get him to a training group, it might be worth it researching/buying a couple of good training DVDs/books and going at it on your own. The Leeburg method gets a lot of recommendations on this site.

As others have pointed out, you do not want your dog interacting with other dogs, unless you know their temperament and health history. We live in an area with lots of dog parks, but I'll never take the pup there -- simply too risky.

Once you've trained him, so he knows how to properly greet other dogs/humans, find some neighbors with calm, good-tempered dogs and make friends. Bribe them with beer, if all else fails (The owners, not the dogs.)
05-02-2014 11:01 AM
sabledog3 No suggestions at this time, but i feel your pain!
05-02-2014 10:25 AM
Coraliine There is no other way for him to socialize. There are no areas where dogs are off leash because there are no dog parks or fenced in areas that don't have cows and other livestock in them. It makes it very difficult to interact with dogs. We also don't have any friends who have dogs, and gardens here are about the size of a broom closet.

Hiring a personal trainer is waaaay out of our budget and is the only option (the only one in our area charges 100euro for a 30 minute training session!) because there are no group training classes that allow GSDs near us (lots of old prejudice about those dogs from WWII where we live).

It's very frustrating. We're hopefully moving to Germany (and a bigger city) in a year, but that's a ridiculous amount of time to wait to get him trained.
05-02-2014 10:08 AM
Amurphy26 Also I'm not sure if it's the same for you but I couldn't care less if my dog likes other dogs or not so I wasn't wanting to take her out to meet other dogs, I just wanted her to respond to me and be calm around other dogs.

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