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Question on socializing w/other dogs

So, we just got our new GS. She is apx.5 months old. Got her from the shelter.

We've only had her less than a week. When we got her they said her one wierd thing was how crazy she would get when she saw other dogs.
She just basically gets over excited. Furr stands up, jumps around, high pitched barking/howling.

I have been having her meet dogs at every opportunity the last few days we've had her.
Once she meets a dog, all she wants to do is play like crazy.
No aggression that i can see. She just wants to play.

Do i just keep doing what i'm doing? Having her meet as many dogs as possible?
Or is there something else I can do to keep her from going balistic when she sees other dogs?

I can control her outbursts. I just dont want her to have them in the first place.
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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

Get your pup in an obedience class. This will help you and her. If you don't want her to act this way, just turn around and walk her the other way. At 5 mos. she is still a baby and probably had no shaping in her early mos. OB will be a great experience for both of you! Congrats on your new family member and welcome to the site.

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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

Yes, obedience classes are the way to go. Your new dog needs to meet as many dogs as possible but in a controlled manner. She needs to learn to mind her own business and ignore other dogs until you let her play with them. This is called good manners.

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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

This kind of behavior at 5 mos concerns me. I would consider "fur stands up with growling and barking" something to be wary of at the very least. I have a dog that doesn't do well with other dogs although he was VERY well socialized when he was a youngster. So call me paranoid, but knowing what I know now, I would definitely get a handle on this before one day something bad happens. This behavior *could* be a warning signal is all I'm trying to say.

If you look at the behavior of a dog/pup inviting another dog to play, this isn't it.

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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

The fur raised, growling, barking is a sign of fear. Pups go thru fear stages and remember this one is transitioning to a new home, it may be just too much all at once. A 5 mo old just doesn't have the maturity to handle situations properly.

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Quote:The fur raised, growling, barking is a sign of fear.
It would help if someone who knows dogs, specially GSD's, could see your pup. All that above behavior can also just be signs of over-excitement and inappropriate behavior in a pup that age. Can look exactly sound exactly the same to most of us, but the pup's intent is completely different.

I'd keep going out and about with your pup but maybe try not to get so close for a bit. So you keep your pup exposed but not to the extent they go out of their minds...... I always use tons of treats (cut up teeny like pea-sized) in circumstances like this, and you know if you go to close because there will be ZERO interest in the food! You want to interact and keep your pups attention, while they still know what's going on, but don't push it until they no longer care who's on the other end of the leash and what they are doing.

Dog classes are great, you may want to call the instructor for a private ahead of time though so they can see your situation and give help and recommendations even before the class starts.




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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

there is no growling. I said howling. Like a husky.

if she meets the dog face to face and it is bigger than her, she will posture like a submisive dog. low to the ground, ears back, licking.

if its a smaller dog, she wants to jump on top of it.

if its a puppy or the same size as her. she immediatly just jumps all over it in play.


but until she actually gets up to the dog, she is yelping like a crazy Husky dog. her hair does stand up, but there is no growling and only a few barks. Its a very noisy and rediculous display.


I will be taking her to training classes any day now. I just have to find a good place.

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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

Sounds like a young dog that wasn't ALLOWED to be with other dogs much.

As long as you know the other dogs and know they won't react badly to her displays I would say keep getting her out!! The more dogs she meets (and the more times she meets the same dogs) the less of a display she should make.

Obedience classes are a good idea, too.
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Re: Question on socializing w/other dogs

Hair standing does NOT necessarily mean aggression. Sounds like your dog indeed just wants to play. My current female's hair stands anytime she gets excited around another dog, even when she's playing with them. I believe hair-raising is just one of those nature things that animals do to try to appear bigger. Fish do it, peacocks do it, and not necessarily in antagonistic situations, either.

Presently, when on a leash, my 7 month old cries like mad when she sees another dog and wants to play with it, like a really loud whimpering. Sometimes, she looks up into my eyes and even barks at me. Even though she's composed enough to stay at heel, I can't stand it (OK, I AM standing it, but working on curbing that behavior). Interestingly, my dog is better off leash than on leash. For example, she NEVER gets wound up like this off-leash and WILL stay at a heel even when she wants to go off and play with another dog. So, I know that the only reason she acts that way on-lead is because she FEELS like she's in a restrained position, even though her lead is not taut.

Have you had the chance to take her to a dog park? See what she's like there. Will she sit and stay OFF-lead next to you without the drama?

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