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06-03-2014 02:01 PM
Rodneyhurt1 Sorry I should have been more clear. When I say anxious I mean attempting to sniff everything, looking around, and sometimes whining a bit. She's getting a little better, but I think she will always be this may to an extent. I'm just a pet person who is trying to figure this out and I appreciate the information
06-03-2014 07:42 AM
cliffson1 I didn't define her as anxious, I think the OP did.....and repeatedly. also, one of the signs of weak nerves when stressed is excessive sniffing....but it's very possible that I have misunderstood what the OP is describing.
06-02-2014 09:19 PM
SuperG
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I do not find that solid sound dogs become anxious because of their owners/handlers in 90% of cases. Actually, I find that sound stable dogs continue to be so in spite of inept/anxious handling. Sure, it could have residual effect, but by and large the anxiousness in the breed today is genetics in my travels.
Interesting....do you think the OP's description of his dog would be considered "anxious" ..." She ignores other people and dogs while out." ??? It is an interesting description..."ignore" does not seem to imply fear or cowering ...perhaps just simply aloof.

I guess I am more interested in what this "uneasy" is ? Sounds like the dog is more interested in scenting than most anything else...

Also, would you consider a dog which stays on a scent trail without deviation due to other activity around the dog as a "sound stable" dog.

Thanks,

SuperG
06-02-2014 07:50 PM
cliffson1 I do not find that solid sound dogs become anxious because of their owners/handlers in 90% of cases. Actually, I find that sound stable dogs continue to be so in spite of inept/anxious handling. Sure, it could have residual effect, but by and large the anxiousness in the breed today is genetics in my travels.
06-01-2014 11:46 PM
Rodneyhurt1 Yea I could probably be part of the problem. It's easy to get a little frustrated at times when she's acting anxious. Guess I'm like her a work in progress 😄
06-01-2014 09:29 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by Rodneyhurt1 View Post
. She ignores other people and dogs while out.


The problem is she is uneasy

This all on it's own is something all too many other GSD owners wish was their situation....nice

Are you ever "uneasy " or on edge at times when you are out with her ?


SuperG
06-01-2014 05:33 PM
Rodneyhurt1
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ahhhh , you're going to have to participate in this to have a conversation .

did you have her as from a pup, were you the first and only owner, was she always this way ? How does she show nervousness ? Does she get panicky , snappy, shut down , get aggressive .

training won't work when the dog is stressed , that is added stress.


You are going to have to work within her safety zone , and have it SO positive , end on a good happy note . Then keep expanding that distance and asking for attention.
Thanks for the help. She ignores other people and dogs while out. The problem is she is uneasy and wants to sniff everything and never settles down. I've recently started just having fun while out and not putting any demands on her. I am the only person to have her.
06-01-2014 05:04 PM
carmspack ahhhh , you're going to have to participate in this to have a conversation .

did you have her as from a pup, were you the first and only owner, was she always this way ? How does she show nervousness ? Does she get panicky , snappy, shut down , get aggressive .

training won't work when the dog is stressed , that is added stress.

You are going to have to work within her safety zone , and have it SO positive , end on a good happy note . Then keep expanding that distance and asking for attention.
06-01-2014 03:40 PM
SuperG
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No the dog is not my breeding just a pet. My biggest complaint is she gets super nervous in new places. I've tried engagement stuff, but it's hard to get her attention when in new places. At home she's obedience trained and can track some. It's completely different away from home though.
Proofing a dog is important.....obedience at home vs. obedience away from home is a consideration too many overlook as the human fails to see any significance in a change in environment or location whereas it might create a bit of puzzlement on the dog's behalf.

Another thought....is your mindset potentially somewhat different when you are at "new places" as well....even mildly? I have no doubt that a dog can sense the slightest emotional changes in the human they know best and the dog will at times react in one form or another to this slight change in the human's mindset......apprehension being a prime example.

SuperG
06-01-2014 02:55 PM
Rodneyhurt1 She just turned two
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