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06-18-2014 11:37 AM
wolfie13 Let me just start of by saying that my dog is even keel. His barks are too far and in between. He hardly ever barks. I've only heard him bark once. Yesterday, my sister brought her dog a Sheperd/Hound mix and they noticed each other and barked. They both barked a bit. He's going through deworming so I had them separated by a small gate that neither can get through.

My question is that is that normal behavior. He pulled to her but he did at times just sit and look and bark. Almost like he was observing her. I do plan to have them socialize once he's free of worms.
06-14-2014 10:38 PM
FritskaVO Right now we're doing just basic obedience nothing to serious . I purchased this Schutzhund obedience book which is awesome and has great insight about when and how to start training. Reading it really helped us a lot as far as not pushing her to much with the training. We keep it simple with sit,platz, and stay. Than when we feed her ill have her sit and stay for a few seconds until I release her to eat with the "Essen" command. Shes doing great with these commands and shes great with my family and with my kids and niece and nephew. She doesn't really get excited with them and majority of the time ignores them. Its just other dogs she gets really excited with and ive sheltered her a bit you can say due to not wanting her to contract parvo or anything like that. Thats why we kept her socialization to her sibling brother which my mother in law has and the neighbors dog. She reacts the same to both plays very rough but it doesn't turn into anything more. She has been put in her place by the neighbors GSD which is is a few months older. I do want to walk her more now that her paw pads have healed ill just have to keep it short.
06-14-2014 01:53 PM
lalachka I don't think 'dust ups' and blood is normal. I got this advice when I first got my dog and he was pretty roughed up at the park a few times though no blood. Now I have a reactive dog that will go crazy at the sight of another dog.

If a dog has good nerves then he can probably handle the dust ups as you call them. But if he doesn't - then you have an insecure or a fear aggressive dog a few months later.

Same with people. If he's not comfortable around some people don't force him to interact. Same as above.

I wish I can go back with everything I know now.


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06-14-2014 01:11 PM
BillWas2 What a cutie! The German Shepherd Dog breed is naturally dominate and this does come out with age. You are doing the correct thing in allowing your pup to meet and interact with other dogs as well as people at an early age. This socialization is critical and should start early on; one mistake folks make is working to socialize their pup for its first six months and then not continuing; socialization is an ongoing requirement and as such one never reaches a point at which the dog is 'socialized' for life. It's important for pups to learn to interact with their own kind early on; in doing so there will most likely be some 'dust ups' and possibly even a bit of blood drawn. This is normal and part of the socialization process. Some owners make the mistake of trying to 'protect' their pups from such interactions; this rarely does the pup a favor and can and does lead to behavioral issues further down the road. Qanuk, my 2.5 year old GSD was raised with my female Alaskan Malamute (Anana) and they had some real confrontations during his 18 months. Poor guy really had a tough time when his male hormones started flowing and he thought he should be the alpha dog; at that time he was around 70 pounds (he now weighs 86 pounds) but Anana weighs 122 pounds. She was patient with him to a point but then she'd just knock him flat, pin him to the floor and snarl in his face. He's had to learn that Anana remains dominant even though she's a female. However, over the last few years he's learned how to take advantage of her slower reflexes and bulk and he can pretty much hold his own now. When they play there's lots of snarling with teeth bared, barking, biting and similar but its all play. When your pup is interacting with another dog if either one opens the activity by kind of 'bowing' on stretched out front legs - possibly thumping the ground with alternating paws - this is 'canine speak' for everything that follows is play. This behavior is apparently genetically programmed into canines as they all understand the body language; wolves display this as well. If you see this then even if you see lots of snarling, bared teeth, barking and biting it's almost guaranteed to be play. From what you described it sounds as though your pup is just learning to interact with other canines; as time passes you will most likely see less of the uncertain reactions and more of what's obviously play behavior or, more seriously, actual aggression. And, like people, sometimes there are dogs that just cannot get along with another dog; under these circumstances it's best to keep said dogs apart. You also alluded to getting her into a training program ASAP; this is always a good idea - although at 14 weeks she's probably a bit young yet - as it will challenge her mentally and satisfy that need inherent in the GSD breed to be mentally 'busy'. Couple this with a lot of good, hard exercise and I'd bet you'll see a well rounded, confident and content GSD.
06-14-2014 12:34 PM
FritskaVO
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I think socialization is hard to get right, and I made a lot of mistakes with my pup in that area! I had the idea that my puppy needed to interact happily with every person and dog that crossed our path. First of all, my dog just absolutely does not have that personality, and secondly, now I realize that I want her to focus and interact with me, not pay attention to every dog and person crossing our path! I found this article really helpful:

Leerburg | Socializing Puppies

Good luck and have fun!
Thank you for that article thats exactly what I was looking for and it made total sense. I truely dont like random people coming up and trying to interact with the dog. We had a certain goal in mind when we got Fritska and trying to socialize her the old way by letting her interact with anyone and everyone is contradicting to what our goal is
06-13-2014 09:51 AM
kjdreyer I think socialization is hard to get right, and I made a lot of mistakes with my pup in that area! I had the idea that my puppy needed to interact happily with every person and dog that crossed our path. First of all, my dog just absolutely does not have that personality, and secondly, now I realize that I want her to focus and interact with me, not pay attention to every dog and person crossing our path! I found this article really helpful:

Leerburg | Socializing Puppies

Good luck and have fun!
06-13-2014 09:23 AM
FritskaVO I really want to get her in a schutzhund club the only thing is the closest one to me is 2 hrs away and next month we're moving to Kentucky. I haven't found a club near ft campbell I have to keep looming though. I just want to make sure im going a about her socialization correctly.
06-13-2014 12:23 AM
SuperG I disagree and agree...yes..it's a training issue and at times ...complicated by temperament. There is an assumption being made by the human..."The OP said the dog barks cuz it couldn't be near the other dog."


SuperG
06-13-2014 12:21 AM
boomer11 A dog barking and pulling towards another dog has nothing to do with temperament. It's a training issue.

The OP said the dog barks cuz it couldn't be near the other dog. The OP then let's the dog get closer. It's a rewarding behavior. Why wouldnt the dog continue to pull and bark? It eventually gets what it wants by doing it.
06-13-2014 12:11 AM
SuperG The temperament of a dog is too often measured in regards to interaction between the dog/pup and human....dog on dog interaction is overlooked too often in the beginning. Positive reinforcement for coexistence among it's peers is equally as important.... leadership through discipline and unfaltering obedience will make a substantial difference. The potential for either side of the spectrum seems to create problems....a fearful pup versus an "aggressive" pup versus it's peers....many times is one and the same....as you have described....but dominance is always trumped by leadership....if in fact it exists.

At the end of the day, if a dog's temperament is of a certain nature....then you have more of a job to accomplish. Sometimes, in order to break the negative behavior you are witnessing....the remedy is quite the opposite one might imagine...

SuperG
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