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Old 12-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi we have a female gsd, we got her at almost 9 weeks, recently she has started barking at any stranger. When I take her on walks people want to pet her and she barks and tries to hide behind me. We live in Germany and they love their dogs here, so everyone is understanding but I just would like some advise on what I can do to help her not be afraid of everyone. I'm afraid to take her to far from home as she hasn't has her thesis set of shots. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not very experienced but I'd have her sit and have someone slowly come close to let her sniff them. Keira started barking at people about a month ago and since we've taken her to the park, store and dog park she hasn't.


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Old 12-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You don't want to overwhelm her so you may want to just find a bench in town, sit down, and chill to let the world go by you and your pup so she can gradually get used to 'normal' and learn to take your calm lead in new situations.

I know when ever I go out in public with my pups I also take them hungry and bring a ziplock baggie full of tons of teeny (pea sized?) treats. REAL treat like meat or cheese (not dog treats).
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Maggie, would I just give her the treats if she doesn't bark at someone walking by or how would you recommend the use of the treats? I tried to give her some today to distract her but as soon as she had ate them it was back to barking.


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