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Old 03-03-2014, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My baby Gypsy is almost 5 months old shes rather small NOT TOO SMALL 35 lbs..shes growing but the issue is

she will bark at people hair stands up n deep bark BUT she runs from them like barks n growls n goes at people then if they walk up she runs n hides... will she grow out of this to backup her bark with a bite.. i love how she is protective but not sure if she will ever stop bein scared and actually let them know she means business

this is last week
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At 5 months, she isn't being protective, that will come - if it does- around 12 months or so. Right now, this sounds more fearful - you do NOT want her to back up her bark with a bite.

Your first goal should be to get into training with her, best option would be with a club near by, next would be a trainer that knows GSD and large working breeds. This will get her on the road to training, gaining confidence, and also help you learn to handle her and also recognize the behaviors she is displaying.
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no she is very proterctive she wont let people near me unless i assure her theyre fine she goes after them untill they turn around then runs...like shes all for intimidation but 2nd guesses it
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This doesn't sound like anything you want to back up it sounds like she needs training. A fearful dog is a dangerous dog. There's a line between protective and dangerous and she sounds dangerous.


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She is testing and learning---this is a phase. She is trying on various strategies for size. She is learning what is and is not a threat----and how she should deal with what is a threat.

What you should do is help her to learn what you want her to learn. Get some helpers that will follow your instructions. Let them make an appearance. Praise and reward neutral behavior on her part when they first appear---you want her to learn to be wary or observant, but not aggressive. Have your helpers display strange, erratic or threatening behavior----praise and reward an aggressive warning but move out of range.

The object of the exercises is to teach her that if danger threatens her reaction should be to stick by your side like glue----and to only react aggressively on your command. And conversely, not react aggressively if you command that.

I highly suggest finding a well qualified training instructor to consult to help you manage this phase of your training. A good place to look might be to ask any handlers for referrals if you have a K9 unit in any of your local law enforcement agencies.
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Get her to a trainer so you two can work it out and grow together, and it'll make all the difference in the world. This is not something that should continue. Don't encourage this kind of behavior, it can become very dangerous. Sometimes the signs of "protection" vs fear aggression look similar, but your dog is more likely afraid at this age.


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