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03-23-2013 08:33 PM
KristenMarino13 I have a all black shepherd he barks at people sometimes people dont want to pet him cause he barks but as soon as you put your hand out he is fine and happy .. same thing with dogs usually if the other dog barks first he starts barking so people dnt wanna bring there dogs up to mine but as soon as they meet my dog is fine he stops barking and acts nice
11-19-2012 07:00 PM
Midnight @reck,

He's doing a lot better with the barking, but he still went nuts at one of my neighbors on our walk last night. I'm going to keep working on it. /


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11-19-2012 04:09 PM
reck0n3r There were a couple of people who were mildly afraid of my pup that early, but for the most part everyone showed him a lot of love wherever we went.

30-40lbs later, not so much, but he does get the occasional stranger who will see him and run over to baby him, but they're also fellow dog owners.

I'm guessing they're afraid because he's barking a lot. Not sure what to say about that, other than hopefully he'll grow out of it soon. He's a cute puppy, congrats!

Edit: Just saw your post about him not barking at people anymore, that's awesome. He's coming along great then. Good on you for socializing him as much as you are!
11-17-2012 09:11 PM
Midnight So I took Midnight over to the sports fields by my house and then down to the waterway where there are a lot of restaurants and shops. At the sports field he barked at the first lady, but she was really understanding and complimented him on guarding me, introduced herself to him and he calmed down. He didn't bark at anyone else!!! He wasn't completely comfortable with the waterway, but he did get gushed over a lot. Today I took him with me to go pick up a friend who was dropping off a Uhaul. The people working there came out to look at him and no barking! He even let them pet him, which he hadn't really let anyone do yesterday. I'm feeling a little more hopeful.


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11-13-2012 11:44 AM
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What do I do about constant barking in his crate? He gets his favorite treats for going in, has his favorite toy, a nice cushion with a blanket. I don't get it. At night he still cries/barks for about 10 minutes before he settles down, but I crate him when I shower (he's a chewer) and he barks the entire time or he'll quiet down for about 20 minutes, then start barking again. I'm in a house so he's not bugging the neighbors, but he just doesn't seem to be warming up to his crate at all.


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What was the age of your puppy when you brought him home? At 11 weeks he is still very much a baby and you really have to look at him in that way. It's hard to comment on the barking thing without actually seeing him in the action. Many puppies at that age will bark at a stranger because they are fearful (that's true) but you need to study his body language - he might be excited to see new people. My "BB" is a real social butterfly and can't wait to get up close and personal with new people. As far as the crate is concerned, I would back off a bit - meaning - let your puppy know that the crate is his den and his place of security and safety but don't be too surprised if he's not comfortable right away - some dogs take a bit longer to adjust than others. Is his crate of wire or plastic construction? Put his treat and toys etc in the crate but leave the door open. Let him wander in & out on his own. Where does he sleep at night? Put his crate next to your bed for a few nights - let him smell you and hear you breath; it will make him feel a bit more secure.

Sorry I didn't go into tremendous detail but I'm guessing you puppy is quite normal and it sounds like you are the right path but are in need of some help and advice. Good luck and keep asking questions - that's why us "old timers" are here!
11-13-2012 10:30 AM
breyer08 Just ignore the barking in the crate, unless you think he needs to go to the bathroom. You said he quiets down after 10 minutes... eventually he'll realize that his tantrums won't get him out of his crate, and he'll go in peacefully. Ava was an absolute NIGHTMARE for the first week we tried crate-training her, but eventually she got the hang of it, and by about 2 weeks she was finally sleeping through the night and going in willingly. It just takes patience... and maybe some earplugs.
11-13-2012 10:25 AM
Muneraven My pup goes willingly into his crate now, but he still barks if left in there when someone is home. I must admit, we only put him in there when we are leaving the house because he sounds so pitiful! We let him sleep on our bed for the first two weeks we had him and then transferred him to a dog bed on the floor of our bedroom, which he loves. He and my geriatric shepherd mix sleep next to each other, and our other two sleep in the study across the hall.

Because Jaeger is so smart, it hasn't been a big issue. I don't need to kennel him to get a break from him because he behaves so well. I work at home and the dogs and cats just hang out with me while I work. It would be a much bigger issue if I had to crate him for eight hours a day while I was gone.
11-13-2012 10:06 AM
Midnight What do I do about constant barking in his crate? He gets his favorite treats for going in, has his favorite toy, a nice cushion with a blanket. I don't get it. At night he still cries/barks for about 10 minutes before he settles down, but I crate him when I shower (he's a chewer) and he barks the entire time or he'll quiet down for about 20 minutes, then start barking again. I'm in a house so he's not bugging the neighbors, but he just doesn't seem to be warming up to his crate at all.


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11-13-2012 03:50 AM
Belmont People use to ask me if mine was mixed with a Chow Chow as well when he was younger, so I asked around on these forums, and from people's opinion, he looked pure breed. His coat appears to be shorter than most GSD that I've seen, but we'll see how he is once he's fully grown. When I was at the dog park (Yes, he has all his shots), everyone believed he was pure bred, so I no longer worry about it.

I didn't ask for his parent's papers, and I no longer have contact with his breeder, but I was told his dad was from the European Working liken, and his mom AKC.


Here he is at 7 Weeks:

*removed oversized picture*

Here is mine at 12 weeks:


Here he is at 13 Weeks:


Here's mine at 14 Weeks:
11-12-2012 11:19 PM
Jag After the 3rd set of shots he should be OK for classes. I'd get him out as much as possible and get him over it. My guy didn't start this. The only time he barks is if he's alerting on something... a strange sound at night that's scared me or strangers being loud and rowdy at night. Other than that, he doesn't bark at people at all. I wouldn't want that to progress... it's something I'd want to stop right away.
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