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12-14-2013 08:58 AM
hunterisgreat
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Originally Posted by Alley View Post
Thank you for being so helpful! My husband is a privacy freak. He's at work right now. I hope we can send a video tonight.

Essentially what happens is that a play date is happening in my house with a couple of extra kids plus my two. I'm in the house too of course. I was in the kitchen cooking and a dad knocked. The kids opened the door and as the man stepped inside our dog lightly growled at him.

Both times he growled I wasn't at the door welcoming in the new person (the first time it happened w/ the 6'4 guy my husband was at the door opening it). I'm home with our dog all day. Could it be because I'm not the one at the door?

Anyway, the person steps inside and that's when the light growling begins. No hair standing up on neck or anything like that. Just light growling. And throughout the rest of the visit our dog is following the person and watching him.

Alley
My male will very loudly growl, stand and flag his tail and bark at a strange man coming in my house. When he sees me greet the person he stops, but will follow the stranger for the duration of their stay, whether that's the cable guy or an out of town friend spending the night in the spare bedroom.
12-14-2013 08:34 AM
carmspack LOL - "Men naturally posture... at dogs to a degree, at each other pretty much non-stop, so it could be an appropriate response to the man. "

as to rickaz' "
That's odd for the military to give up on a dog after two years, and did not potty train the dog. This poor guy was simply stored for a long time because he was not accepting the training. You will have to take your time with him and work on getting him out where he can see a number of men. The Military has screwed this dog up a little, so be very caring. In the end, I don't trust anyone my dogs do not like. "

I would guess that the military did not have this dog for the two years - unless it came out of their breeding program , if they even have one . Even there if the dog had shown lack lustre performance he would have been washed earlier along the way so that time and attention could be focused on those expected to succeed easily. Dogs are rerouted into all sorts of categories best suited to them all the time.
Chances are this dog had been there for a short time , a recent recruit from a broker , or a surrender from a person not able to handle him. Previous life probably a kennel dog.
He doesn't sound like a bad dog at all . He is happy to be in the swarm of kids . When they open the door he doesn't he go ape , over the top , or leak and misdirect "The kids opened the door and as the man stepped inside our dog lightly growled at him." That pretty well sounds perfect.
The person , man or woman should wait outside , even if the kids open the door , until YOU welcome the man or woman in . Show the dog that you are comfortable with that person. In time the dog will be able to read you , and know when you are comfortable with someone . At that point you can have a verbal exchange between your guest at the door and you at the other place, (don't want to place you in the kitchen all the time !) . "Oh hi Rob , come on in" the dog will know by your tone. The dog can read the inflections in the man's voice .
sounds like a good dog !
12-14-2013 07:02 AM
debbiebrown i think you are going to have to take steps to let your dog know you are in charge and he can relax. its ok to be protective and let you know when there is a true threat, but not at every male friend or person that walks in.
12-13-2013 04:50 PM
Msmaria
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Originally Posted by Alley View Post
No, neither had a hat or gloves. I think it has something to do w/ our dog getting more comfortable (he's only been w/ us since late May). . . and he's acting as if he knows we're his family now. And, in knowing that, he's getting more protective.

I just think our GSD realizes that this is his forever home now and doesn't want anyone to ruin for him! The silly.

Alley
LOL . You could be right especially with the german shepherd breed. I had to stop bringing my guy to my business because he started to get protective of it. Maybe your dog is thinking Im gonna make sure mom and dad know im doing my job..ha ha. Now he just as to learn its only who you dont invite in, that gets a bark etc.
12-13-2013 04:02 PM
Alley
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Is he growling at men in military uniform, out of uniform or both? Were they wearing anything in common like a hat? or gloves. Certain hair color?
No, neither had a hat or gloves. I think it has something to do w/ our dog getting more comfortable (he's only been w/ us since late May). . . and he's acting as if he knows we're his family now. And, in knowing that, he's getting more protective.

Neither man was in uniform. One was a maintenance guy not in a uniform and the other was IT tech dad. Very sweet man and very unassuming.

I just think our GSD realizes that this is his forever home now and doesn't want anyone to ruin for him! The silly.

Alley
12-13-2013 03:57 PM
Msmaria Is he growling at men in military uniform, out of uniform or both? Were they wearing anything in common like a hat? or gloves. Certain hair color?


My brother had a dog like that once. A Rotweiler. Loved women and kids and any stranger could walk right into the yard or house except men. Any color any size, he didnt care. He was never trained not to like men, he just didnt for some unknown reason.
12-13-2013 10:40 AM
Alley
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Originally Posted by rickaz80 View Post
That's odd for the military to give up on a dog after two years, and did not potty train the dog. This poor guy was simply stored for a long time because he was not accepting the training. You will have to take your time with him and work on getting him out where he can see a number of men. The Military has screwed this dog up a little, so be very caring. In the end, I don't trust anyone my dogs do not like.
I know. I was given very little info except "no work drive" and "not aggressive at all."

Why they kept him for two years doesn't makes sense to me either.

I'm very caring and loving towards him.

Alley
12-13-2013 08:43 AM
Alley Thank you for being so helpful! My husband is a privacy freak. He's at work right now. I hope we can send a video tonight.

Essentially what happens is that a play date is happening in my house with a couple of extra kids plus my two. I'm in the house too of course. I was in the kitchen cooking and a dad knocked. The kids opened the door and as the man stepped inside our dog lightly growled at him.

Both times he growled I wasn't at the door welcoming in the new person (the first time it happened w/ the 6'4 guy my husband was at the door opening it). I'm home with our dog all day. Could it be because I'm not the one at the door?

Anyway, the person steps inside and that's when the light growling begins. No hair standing up on neck or anything like that. Just light growling. And throughout the rest of the visit our dog is following the person and watching him.

Alley




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Originally Posted by hunterisgreat View Post
The size of the person has nothing to do with what will trigger aggression. I'm 5'8" and ~140lbs and I can reliably bring out strong aggression in dogs I work better than 200+ and 6ft+ guys. Its all a mental game....

My first reaction is to say, he's a male dog from obviously working lines, and you got an actual GSD on your hands, congratulations... people pay good money for such a dog. The fact that he does not perceive any threat or feel the need to posture at children or women is a very good thing. Men naturally posture... at dogs to a degree, at each other pretty much non-stop, so it could be an appropriate response to the man.

Please take some video of this happening. I can then tell you better what I think might be happening and what you can do to "fix it" and if it can be "fixed". I need to see both the dog, and the person approaching.
12-13-2013 06:15 AM
debbiebrown yes, i would get some help in training him around men. obviously there is a trigger there. it could be a simple fix with conditioning, but i would get a professional opinion.
12-12-2013 10:36 PM
doggiedad find a behaviourist/trainer. at this point i don't think it's
a good idea to have a male hand him a treat when they
enter the house. i'm thinking he may bite.
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