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Old 03-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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He's just a baby. They're freaked out by things that we don't see immediately. Could be the smell of her laundry soap being different or a slight irregularity to how she walks.
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He's just a baby. They're freaked out by things that we don't see immediately. Could be the smell of her laundry soap being different or a slight irregularity to how she walks.
I hate the "he's just a baby/young" reasoning. That's such a crap excuse and people use it so often.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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an 8 week old pup is just a baby! Everything is new. Though....I'd want the pup to recover and show confidence in most situations. Keeping the confidence level up is most important, and not coddling a pup when it shows hesitation but encourage the puppy to think of those 'scary situations' as no big deal.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I hate the "he's just a baby/young" reasoning. That's such a crap excuse and people use it so often.
I see this all the time. So what do you think about a pup growling at people? At what age is this a real problem?

Mine has taken to growling and barking at everyone who walks past our fence. I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do about the behavior. I've excused it as puppy behavior (she's 12 weeks) and I think part of the problem is It's a privacy fence so she really can't clearly see who is Walking by. She also barked and growled at kids walking by our car when I was waiting to pick my kids up from school yesterday.

It's really hard to figure out at what point certain behaviors are not just puppies being puppies...I don't want to ignore a possible issue.

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Do they normally use intact males as police dogs?

I've always heard that was a line byb breeders use to make their pups sound special and appeal to uninformed buyers...

I don't think a growling 8 week old would bother me much, personally.

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Do they normally use intact males as police dogs?

I've always heard that was a line byb breeders use to make their pups sound special and appeal to uninformed buyers...

I don't think a growling 8 week old would bother me much, personally.
I would be concerned with an 8 week old pup growling out of fear(and most often it IS fear based!) Temperament and genetics show very early. I'd much rather have a confident pup that is curious and intrigued by anything they are exposed to.

Many LEO K9's are intact, but,yea, that buzzword probably plays into marketing with some breeders.
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I hate the "he's just a baby/young" reasoning. That's such a crap excuse and people use it so often.
I agree, they need to learn early if you're ever going to be a good GSD owner. They can be pretty aggressive dogs if not trained right.
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an 8 week old pup is just a baby! Everything is new. Though....I'd want the pup to recover and show confidence in most situations. Keeping the confidence level up is most important, and not coddling a pup when it shows hesitation but encourage the puppy to think of those 'scary situations' as no big deal.
I call his name and just stares at me and won't come... He'll only do it when I have a treat.
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Do they normally use intact males as police dogs?

I've always heard that was a line byb breeders use to make their pups sound special and appeal to uninformed buyers...

I don't think a growling 8 week old would bother me much, personally.

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Yup, I saw him. Supposedly the man who owns the police dog is chief of whritsville GA
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an 8 week old pup is just a baby! Everything is new. Though....I'd want the pup to recover and show confidence in most situations. Keeping the confidence level up is most important, and not coddling a pup when it shows hesitation but encourage the puppy to think of those 'scary situations' as no big deal.
So true Jane!
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