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07-10-2014 10:45 AM
Heidigsd
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Originally Posted by Ycortez12 View Post
I will try to get some video of him growling. ALso, I have tried to start looking for a trainer and would not mind having some reccomendations for San Antonio, TX GSD trainers.
I haven't had much luck with trainers here There is a club in SA maybe they know someone they could recommend someone. Good luck

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...hund-club.html
07-10-2014 01:42 AM
Wicked Seraphim I agree with so many here. A trainer will help with this issue.

I have a girl GSD who is sitting at 100 lbs, my male was about 80. She tends to respond to my husband quicker than she does me, but she does listen to me, even though physically, I don't have the strength my husband does. We've never had to do more than a stern voice to either dog from the get go and both were shelter dogs adopted over the age of 4 years. We made it clear from day one we were the boss, though I agree that using voice and positive reinforcements is good (for us, working with adult dogs, one that had a questionable background and nipped a child before we saved her, was the only way) and ultimately worked out beautifully. I have no fear of my dog, never have, and if anything ever arose where she did suddenly behave like this, I still wouldn't be afraid for myself, but I would for her. My dog nipped out of fear before I got her and she almost died for it.
Good training for your dog and understanding of the signs your dog is giving you are key. Kudos to you for looking for help.
07-09-2014 11:42 PM
Ycortez12 I will try to get some video of him growling. ALso, I have tried to start looking for a trainer and would not mind having some reccomendations for San Antonio, TX GSD trainers.
07-09-2014 11:41 PM
Ycortez12 I will try to get some video of his growling and the situations. I tried contacting a few GSD trainers and will review them before taking him to one.
07-09-2014 11:13 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
missles there is a big difference between looking at a dog and staring it down
if people are not aware of the difference at least in this case the dog is telling the op it knows the difference and that is what matters

chip i really think in this case getting more confrontational is just going to up the game in the dogs mind and the dog has some weapons such as teeth to win the fight if push come to shove

a trainer is needed post haste
a good trainer and not one that is gonna tell them to smack the dog around
??? My recommendation was "Sit on the Dog" that hardly seems confrontational??

Sorry if I was unclear.
07-09-2014 10:33 PM
my boy diesel this could very well be run of the mill 'talking' that some shepherds do
it will take a trainer to figure it out
a vid as packen said may help
but your best bet is get a trainer on board
07-09-2014 10:21 PM
Packen
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Originally Posted by Ycortez12 View Post
Apache (the dog) only started growling the past 2 months and it improved after some positive training- by using treats- and all of a sudden this month he began to growl at me. It first started only at night when we would be getting for bed at I would turn and happen to look at him in the eyes. He would growl. Now it has gotten worse where if I pass his kennel at night he would growl at me, but it is dark and it is my bed the kennel and then the bathroom. Our accomadations are small. His growling has progressed to during the day that even if I walk past him he will let out a growl and I'll tell him no, but he will growl worse!

Other times he is perfectly fine and plays with me. It seems like he falls into these little fits where he does not want anything to do with me and just go lay down in his kennerl. The problem was that now it is when I am showering and since his kennel is right outside the bathroom when I walk out he will growl at me and I HATE this and it was starting to scare me a little. Now that we moved his kennel I do not have that problem. But for him lord forbid that I even glance at him and I will get a growl.

Also, when playing he will let out a growl and he will have a look like he doesn't know if he is in trouble or if he should keep playing. I usually try to keep him playing, but he still ends up deciding to go to his bed. Is this bad?
Can you capture and post or pm a video of the growling occurrence? Something in his environment is putting him in defense, you are lucky that he vocalizes meaning he gets very unsure of himself and tries to send you away using least possible resistance (other options are to bite you or run away). This is genetic and you will need to learn how to snap him out of this mode as it is not comfortable for the dog and if someday he bites you it will hurt and be messy. So best to get help from someone who understands temperament and can be there in person to witness and advise you on the best course of action. Does this happen in the morning also?
07-09-2014 09:52 PM
selzer
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Originally Posted by Ycortez12 View Post
Apache (the dog) only started growling the past 2 months and it improved after some positive training- by using treats- and all of a sudden this month he began to growl at me. It first started only at night when we would be getting for bed at I would turn and happen to look at him in the eyes. He would growl. Now it has gotten worse where if I pass his kennel at night he would growl at me, but it is dark and it is my bed the kennel and then the bathroom. Our accomadations are small. His growling has progressed to during the day that even if I walk past him he will let out a growl and I'll tell him no, but he will growl worse!

Other times he is perfectly fine and plays with me. It seems like he falls into these little fits where he does not want anything to do with me and just go lay down in his kennerl. The problem was that now it is when I am showering and since his kennel is right outside the bathroom when I walk out he will growl at me and I HATE this and it was starting to scare me a little. Now that we moved his kennel I do not have that problem. But for him lord forbid that I even glance at him and I will get a growl.

Also, when playing he will let out a growl and he will have a look like he doesn't know if he is in trouble or if he should keep playing. I usually try to keep him playing, but he still ends up deciding to go to his bed. Is this bad?
How do you play with him?

It may be a good idea to go ahead and get him neutered at this point. He is old enough. He is becoming a handful. It sounds like he is not sure about you. He may have a physical issues where he is having some pain, or doesn't see well, but it may also be that he is smelling a female in heat somewhere, and is just being a dog that would be better off neutered -- it could take the edge off.

A strong leader would not have trouble with a young intact male. But as you are starting to feel afraid, which means your dog is definitely picking up on that, it may be best to have that dimension gone. It doesn't mean that you won't have to do training, and work through the issues, but he is a young adult and and it could help.
07-09-2014 09:49 PM
Ycortez12 Also, my dog is not neutered and I have been curious to see if this has anything to do with any of the growling issues?
07-09-2014 09:48 PM
Ycortez12
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Originally Posted by selzer View Post
So, let me understand this better. You have had your dog from eight weeks onward and it has been doing this all along, or it is suddenly doing this at age two?

Is he neutered?

Apache (the dog) only started growling the past 2 months and it improved after some positive training- by using treats- and all of a sudden this month he began to growl at me. It first started only at night when we would be getting for bed at I would turn and happen to look at him in the eyes. He would growl. Now it has gotten worse where if I pass his kennel at night he would growl at me, but it is dark and it is my bed the kennel and then the bathroom. Our accomadations are small. His growling has progressed to during the day that even if I walk past him he will let out a growl and I'll tell him no, but he will growl worse!

Other times he is perfectly fine and plays with me. It seems like he falls into these little fits where he does not want anything to do with me and just go lay down in his kennerl. The problem was that now it is when I am showering and since his kennel is right outside the bathroom when I walk out he will growl at me and I HATE this and it was starting to scare me a little. Now that we moved his kennel I do not have that problem. But for him lord forbid that I even glance at him and I will get a growl.

Also, when playing he will let out a growl and he will have a look like he doesn't know if he is in trouble or if he should keep playing. I usually try to keep him playing, but he still ends up deciding to go to his bed. Is this bad?
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