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07-04-2014 12:11 PM
blackshep She could be going through a fear stage, but I agree with the others to keep up the training classes and socialization and don't let the kids bug her when she's sleeping or enjoying a chew. She needs to be able to have time to herself when she can be at peace and rest.

This is also the point where they start to become more suspicious of anything out of the ordinary.

This is a good time to teach the kids about how to behave around the dog and the respect her personal boundaries. Sometimes kids just forget and think dogs are big stuffed toys that they can play with at their whim. Make sure their interactions with one another are positive.

Right now I don't think it's a big deal, but your dog is very much in a place where her interactions are going to shape who she is, so you want to make sure you make things happy and positive for her.
07-04-2014 11:57 AM
MaggieRoseLee Make sure you keep up with all the puppy classes and socialization OUTSIDE the home. I have a 6 m old GSD puppy and she's coming up with all kinds of new and different behaviors the past month. Barking at every new dog she sees is NOT my favorite new one but we can work thru it.

Have you seen in particular

Good luck! Be proactive and don't just figure a pup will grow out of things.
07-04-2014 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by Choochoo View Post
The other thing she did today was while eating a bone she noticed my 3 year old son standing on a chair at the counter and started barking at him like he was an intruder. My wife had to put her in her crate to get her to calm down. My thought is she didn't realize it was him because of his height while standing on a chair.
IMHO this is part of being a puppy..they have a narrow definition of what is "normal" and will bark in response to anything that is outside of that (since I am assuming your 3 year old doesn't regularly stand on chairs). Having said that, like other have mentioned...telling your pup it's all good and then acting like it's no big deal will teach the pup to "broaden" their horizons.

To further a point that was made already...children (especially that young) should not be allowed to interact with the dog roughly. Even well behaved dogs can have a bad day and nip a child a little too hard after being man-handled and then serious consequences will result for both...

Having the children participate in training or appropriate play (e.g. ball throwing) is a better option...
07-03-2014 10:41 AM
Galathiel Don't let your kids be rough with her. She's a baby, too, and needs to be protected as well. She needs to feel that YOU will step in and take care of things so she doesn't have to.
07-03-2014 01:33 AM
Ellimaybel Not advice, sorry. But Gunther sometimes barks at the most unusual things as well. For example, the wind knocks over the garbage can outside, he goes out, sees it, goes off. I'm not sure if he thinks someone came into the yard and messed around or what... I just show him it's ok and he stops.
07-03-2014 01:30 AM
Declan Our mixed breed GSD rescue was like that if you startled her while she was sleeping. She's food-motivated, so we started waking her deliberately while she was napping and having a treat ready for her. We conditioned her to the point that she starts drooling and wagging her tail right away if you accidentally wake her up. I don't advise doing anything without the guidance of your trainer, just thought I would give you an anecdote. I do think this is something you should start working on ASAP.
07-03-2014 01:17 AM
Choochoo Thanks for the replies, my kids are 3,7, and 8 years old. They can be rough with her but she tolerates it well. The startling the dog while she was sleeping does make me a bit nervous but I do agree she should be left alone during this time. It's the only time she's ever shown any kind of negative reaction to the kids. I am going to get her into obedience class ASAPand try to desensitize her to being awaken.
07-03-2014 12:35 AM
my boy diesel actually i would worry about this a bit
you need to get it under control
you do not say how old your kids are

sleeping situation she is telling your kids not to intrude into her space when she is sleeping
which is one thing but it cannot go further than this
the fact she is bitching at them at all is a concern because it is not her place to do so
however you have allowed this to occur and thus created a bit of an issue where there should be done

as wolfy said put the dog in a crate when she sleeps and the kids are not to bother her or anything while she is sleeping

as for the bone
you need to give those in her crate and the bone stays in the crate and does not come out of it

she should never guard her crate
she should never feel she has to guard anything at all

if this pup is not in training you need to get her in a training program and start with basics
07-03-2014 12:08 AM
Jmoore728 I would stress out about it...puppies do some weird things. She is also teething and probably in discomfort. Teething is almost finished. Just keep monitoring her. Doesn't seem like anything to be corcenred with.
07-02-2014 11:09 PM
Juliem24 Regarding the reaction when your child was standing on the chair, mine did the same with me when I stood on a step stool to reach something. He walked into the room and saw me, looked at me like I were a Martian and barked his fool head off til he realized it was me. He sure was confused when I got off that stool! Like it was a magic trick!
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