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I am the new mommy of a 4yo German that has never been socialized

3days ago, I became a mommy of a 4yo GS that has never been indoors, much less met many people. She is partial to women and is very aggressive towards men. I have accomplished much in 3 days like introducing her to indoors and that other dog and kitties can be your friend. She knows all of her commands, sit, stay, shake, lie down, mind your manners (which means to sit by my side. I have taught her that since I got her Saturday). I have tried to maintain her normal schedule and gently teach her a new routine as she is now an indoor dog, but whenever she is around a man, even a man in a motorcycle while in the car, she goes postal. I have left treats and toys outside for my exhusband as he is the first I gave tried to introduce her to, absent of my daughter as the fog is already hyper protective. I just need suggestions on what additionally I can do since I am aggressive dog stupid. Again, suggestions please!
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Welcome to the forum-this is big-taking this dog in and making her a part of your family! How wonderful of you. I really can't advise you about the aggression issue your dog has, especially since there is no information as far as how this aggression to men originated. I'd advise you to find a behavioral specialist. Good luck with her!

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She knows all of her commands, sit, stay, shake, lie down, mind your manners (which means to sit by my side. I have taught her that since I got her Saturday). I have tried to maintain her normal schedule and gently teach her a new routine as she is now an indoor dog, but whenever she is around a man, even a man in a motorcycle while in the car, she goes postal. I have left treats and toys outside for my exhusband as he is the first I gave tried to introduce her to, absent of my daughter as the fog is already hyper protective. I just need suggestions on what additionally I can do since I am aggressive dog stupid. Again, suggestions please!
Hi. Congratulations to the new addition of your family. Do you know the dog's background? Knowing the background may help in identifying the root cause of the dog's aggression which will then help in efforts to desensitize him to that stimulus. You may also consider hiring a dog behaviorist who can assess him and make recommendations as to the plan of action.

Remember, he is in a new environment so he will need a bit of time to get familiar with his new surroundings and learn that it is a safe place for him. So, while obedience training is important, I would not push it too hard for now, to not overwhelm him.

Enjoy your new pup

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Keep in mind that she is not being protective-- she is fear aggressive. She is aggressive towards men because she is fearful of them, not because she feels the need to protect you.

Is there a possibility of working with a behaviorist, even for a few sessions?


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RELAX AND ENJOY!! You have done so much in such a short time relax and just let her get to know everybody in your household. Let your husband sit on the floor with some very tasty treats and drop them around but take your time & in a couple weeks she will start to learn your hubby is her friend.

As far as being in public I would wait a month or two and start a new thread on that later. Give your new dog love and keep letting her know who is boss and you may not even have an issue in a couple months.
keep up the good work.

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