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06-30-2014 09:43 AM
Alice13 Maybe that boy has had a terrible experience with an untrained gsd before. And you can't blame those people who get scared and avoid our dogs. Their size and wolf-like look can get intimidating sometimes. Even I would think twice before approaching another gsd as I am uncertain of its nature. That does not mean I think that all gsds are bad. It just feels like the right thing to do to avoid dogs we are not sure of, regardless of its breed.

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06-30-2014 06:37 AM
TommyB681 It makes sense a kid would think that with the 'police dog' image. I tell people most animals bite..
06-26-2014 04:57 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics I feel that's sad that any breed of dog gets a bad rap in some sense, because more times then not, it's the owner that is ultimately to blame. GSD's especially in my area have a bad reputation, especially after a pair of them went on a rampage for a couple of days attacking random people and charging police:
Woman attacked by 2 dogs in Pontiac - Fox 2 News Headlines

But I think the info for dog bites is kind of all over the place...I just read an article saying pit bulls caused the most bites/most damage overall. I think they need to lump in other data along with it. Sometimes a reported "bite" isn't as bad as they say. They are only using data that supports that someone went to the ER for a dog bite, not it's severity or the circumstances...
06-26-2014 09:27 AM
@CallMeFen We're currently looking to move into a bigger home and we were very surprised by the negative responses we got to having a gsd....Although a bigger dog, we were totally unaware of the way they're viewed by others.
06-17-2014 06:19 AM
jessjeric I encounter many people who are afraid of shepherds still. Almost everyone I've talked to who is afraid of them say they've been bit by one or have come close to being bit for no reason😔 I get lots of compliments on Veda though - she's all kisses as well😊 Most people say she is very well behaved for her age

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06-17-2014 04:11 AM
AngelaA6 Took Gunther to the groomers to get his nails dremeled and the groomer was like "He was such a good boy! I'm normally scared of German Shepherds but he's all kisses!" haha I was glad to show her that German Shepherds can be great loving dogs
06-17-2014 03:59 AM
Wicked Seraphim
Originally Posted by Michael Valentino View Post
Hi Anubis_Star,

I think my GSD has fear aggression issues, and this is why he bites/attempts to bite when people are inside our house.

So then, there is no way to "untrain" him of this behavior? Having our dog has been extremely stressful to the entire family. No one - especially children - feels safe inside our house. Ritty can be petted by and played with strangers outdoors but inside our house, he is always on edge, always wanting to lunge, and we are never sure of his next move.

I've reached out everywhere I can think of but no one will take him. I've had a falling out with the breeder, but even prior to that, there was little or no interest in taking Ritty back to live out his days with her and her dogs.

Was I too late in getting Ritty at 16-17 weeks? He lived in a kennel at the breeder with her many dogs, mostly sires and females who bore litters. I did try to introduce Ritty to people and dogs as soon as I got him.

It's so hard to consider having him euthanized, but if he will always have fear aggression and it cannot be untrained, then there is always the risk he will go after someone someday.

Any suggestions from you or any other Forum members?

Thank you.
Hi Mr. Valentino-

I hope you've found some help with Ritty, but wanted to suggest perhaps starting a thread maybe in this area of the forum:

Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) - German Shepherd Dog Forums

I just want to be sure you get the advice you need, these folks are wonderful for that. I hope things get better for you and Ritty.
05-21-2014 09:21 AM
John C. I think fear of GSD's has been pretty longstanding. My parents owned a GSD when I was a child. Starting when I was about 10 it was my job to walk our dog around the block in the morning (we lived in NYC). Some people would literally cross the street when they saw us coming. This was in the mid 1960's.

Not surprising if you've ever seen pictures of some of the civil rights sit-ins down South being broken up by police dogs (who were invariably GSD's).
05-20-2014 07:42 PM
devinh I was out with my puppy and I got asked if I was a cop(I have both arms sleeve tattooed and a full beard) and I replied "no, why?" And they said because you have a German shepherd. I was confused and I walked away. Lol.
05-20-2014 02:51 PM
SusiQ My trainer who has been in the business for twenty years will tell you that her only bite has been from a chihuahua.
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