Good evening all. I am the recent owner of two 4 month old male GSD's. I got received them just short of a week ago and since bringing them to their new home, they have been very scared of me and my family. I am hopeful that they will get accustomed to us soon but after close to a week, they run and hide at the sight of us. Is there anything special I should be doing to get them accustomed to us?? Your comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
Did a breeder sell you two four month old puppies?
It sounds like the two of them are completely unsocialized. And, in this case two is a mistake. With two of them, they can rely on each other for companionship. A single puppy would have to come to the family, because dogs are pack animals, and they don't like being lonely. So what is happening here is that the dogs seem to have had limited contact with humans, and have each other, and now are not wanting anything to do with you.
Also, there is the possibility if you leave the boys together much longer, that they will become fused together. Meaning that if you try to separate them down the line -- one gets sick and needs to be kept at the vet-clinic, the other will panic. One dies, the other gets terribly depressed and perhaps passes as well.
I think your best course of action would be to return one or both of these boys, if you got them from a breeder. I think the breeder did not do right by you for selling them thus.
4 month old puppies are fine to get from a breeder, don't get me wrong, but they need to have done their part. They need to have exposed them to a variety of people, sights, sounds, etc. And, selling you two of them, well, it is not always a mistake to raise two puppies, but it can be a big mistake.
If you want to keep one or both of these boys, you are not going to like what I am going to suggest. Separate them. Totally. They are way too dependent on the other, and you are likely to have some real trouble down the line. Maybe you can let them play for 10-15 minutes together in the yard each day, maybe more. But they shouldn't be eating together, sleeping together, free access to one another all along.
Sorry, I can't say what you want to hear. But I really don't think this situation is going to just solve itself with time.