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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2011, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Trouble socializing, need advice

I just got a 3 month old white german shepherd puppy, Milo. He is adorable in all aspects untill he comes near another dog. Our vet suggested he should intereact with healthy vaccinated dogs since he still has one more round of puppy shots. So far ive only introduced him to my mothers female Pit mix who is friendly, and my mother in laws male chow. Milo instantly barks when ever the other dog is coming up to me or my husband. We have only had him about a week and it surprises me how territorial he is. He actually make my mothers pit mix cower away and shes 10 yrs old and bigger than him! He barks and the heckles come out almost ever time.
He also constanly watches the other dog and stares them down. I need advice on how to socialize him better. He also shys away from new people but seems to be getting over that a little better.
Everyone keeps saying "oh hes only a 3 month old puppy, give him time" Well i had a shepherd mix years ago who did not get along with other dogs and i was extremly protective of me, i dont want that happening again.
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He's 3 months old and a baby. He is NOT territorial, he is terrified! As his 'human' it is your job to make him feel secure and safe.

Where are you located, so we may point you in the direction of a good puppy class.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-05-2011, 11:55 AM
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Normal over excited puppy behavior. Don't look at it as aggressive or protective or anything but NORMAL!

But it's NOT polite. And while puppies may get away with it, it's our job to manage and work with the puppy to act a bit more appropriately. Puppy classes are perfect!

But there are other places to meet and greet. You get to see this video yet? Check out around 2:00 cause you may see something that looks familiar from the other puppy we meet!





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Just watched the video, my pupy in no way tries to play. His heckles go up and is scared and defensive. im hoping him being around other dogs for a while will teach him how to play. Right now he is not in sharing mode, if another dog takes his toys he will bark, and if they go anywhere near his crate he goes bizerk (wether he is in it or not.)
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