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06-09-2014 07:35 PM
Twyla For some dogs, altering can increase aggression; just something to keep in mind.

Since a baby is on the way and little ones in the house - Family Paws-New parent classes dog and baby . While you are confident now he wouldn't harm the baby due to how he behaves with your kids currently. Keep in mind the baby will be new, sounds and moves like prey. It is possible to see a completely different side to your dog.

In your search for a trainer, focus on trainers/behaviorist specializing in aggression. Searching for a trainer to do private classes will help give you the confidence to handle him while both of you are working on his behavior. The above link may have trainers who can handle that as well, or check with a local sport club; they may know someone they can refer you to.

Wanted to add - dogs acting out as in this case can at times redirect a bite to whatever is closest to them, if they get that far in the behavior. It is imperative you keep your kids at a distance to avoid this.
06-09-2014 06:57 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by gsdmommy2013 View Post
Chip, thank you for your feedback, we have worked with the muzzle, had strangers come and pet him while i would touch them on the arm or something and he just doesnt stop the growling. I didnt mean to let it get this way, as soon as he started I tried to correct it or so i thought. Also when he does have the muzzle and we come across people I have him stand back while I approach and smile, he just keeps going with the hair raised and the growling, he doesnt seem to understand its ok. He is fine with anyone who comes over and with my dog Amber.

Im in the south houston area if anyone knows of a trainer, until then we will keep trying.
The fine with folks coming over strikes me as odd? But never mine that. Read the 'Who Pets" article again then read it again!

Don't let anyone touch him! No you can't touch my dog, he is in training! That is what I did with Rocky. He never had a chance to develop an "attitude with people.
Apparently your dog has so it's going to be harder!

There is also this approach in post 12:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post4200098


And this:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...tting-dog.html
Wheres my sanity: Sit on the Dog, aka: The long down

I never needed to do it but working with a Rescue Boxer I did. Only for a short bit and I was stunned at the difference in the dogs behaviour!

Things don't have to be complicated to work! It seems you are a leader! You just need do some tweaks in his training!
06-09-2014 05:38 PM
Steve Strom Sometimes its hard to describe things online. But from what you posted, if he were mine, I really wouldn't have that confidence. I hope you find a really good trainer. I mean that sincerely.
06-09-2014 04:58 PM
gsdmommy2013 No it starting happening before, and having him neutered didnt have anything to do with aggression i just didnt want him getting an unspayed female dog around the nighborhood pregnant because lets face it, there is no need for a bunch of mixed puppies running around who would probably end up in a shelter when there are plently of dogs in shelters that deserve a good home. I have no problems with him at home, I can say with all confidence he will not harm the baby since I already have two younger children in my home that could do no wrong in his eyes.

Im going to start contacting tainers. It just makes me nervous because its hard for me to find one to come to my home and I do not want any incidents while training wether it be other dogs or other people. He is going on 85lbs and still growing.
06-09-2014 04:45 PM
huntergreen no point in trying different things that might work, you need an experienced trainer and evaluator. you want this under control before the BEFORE THE BABY ARRIVES!!!!!!!!
06-09-2014 04:45 PM
Steve Strom
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Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
did this happen after you neutered him?
Looking back to a year ago, it didn't start with the neutering. Did you have him neutered thinking it would help this GSDMommy?
06-09-2014 04:40 PM
carmspack did this happen after you neutered him?
06-09-2014 04:05 PM
gsdmommy2013 Chip, thank you for your feedback, we have worked with the muzzle, had strangers come and pet him while i would touch them on the arm or something and he just doesnt stop the growling. I didnt mean to let it get this way, as soon as he started I tried to correct it or so i thought. Also when he does have the muzzle and we come across people I have him stand back while I approach and smile, he just keeps going with the hair raised and the growling, he doesnt seem to understand its ok. He is fine with anyone who comes over and with my dog Amber.

Im in the south houston area if anyone knows of a trainer, until then we will keep trying.
06-09-2014 02:44 PM
Chip18 The "issue" with strangers I don't see it as untypicall myself?? But it sounds like you have allowed it to get to far? My guy did a low growl at company the first time company came over!!! That was as far as that ever got! I did "Who Petsmy Puppy or Dog" and I used a muzzle on him for awhile till I could see he was calm. I met people first he was behind me quitely while I spoke to folks. He learned..this is how to behave.

I used a muzzle like this:
A Great Small And Lightweight Nylon Mesh Muzzle

You can't work the dog hard in it! And it's not as secure as a "real muzzle" for not for use with a bat crap crazy dog! The dog can remove but not while you are watching him! It will make you feel better and keeps him from going off! Well I can't bite sooo...


Post 8 has some useful links:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html



The link on loose leash walking also, if the dog is out in front and the leash is tight...you will "never" gain control of this dog!

Hostility towards a pack member is a whole different story! I would start over let your husband take over some of the responsibility, you could start over by doing something like this?

I just got a rescued dog – what do I do? | stickydogblog

And this also might prove to be a solution?
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...tting-dog.html

That's how I dealt with my 'Bubble Dog" aka dog with people/dog issues. And he turned out just fine!

So in my view that is what "retraining" him would look like. If your up to the task I think you can do it! But..if you can't or not sure? Keep anyone from getting help and hire a qualified trainer or behaviourist. No harm in getting help at this point you "do" have a challenge on your hands!
06-09-2014 02:35 PM
Shade I really would recommend getting a professional trainer to help, preferably someone with GSD experience.

If you post your general location hopefully someone will recommend someone they have experience with.
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