Dog Socialization? (text heavy)
My GSD Schatzi is about to turn 7 months on the 15th. I've only had her for about two months (though it seems like I've had her for A LOT longer than that) and have noticed some weary/aggressive behaviors emerging. The day I got her she got along fantastically with Ellie my sheltie and Rocky my dad's 3-legged boxer, and also does really good with my friend's GSD. However, when I take her on a walk, to petsmart, and especially the dog park she'll raise her hackles and has started to bark at other dogs. Her behavior at the dog park is the worst, as she "camps" and will try and stand between my legs. When dogs try to engage her in play she'll run straight to me, and if the dog pursues, she will bark at it and has even started bearing her teeth. I am starting to believe that temperment affects her reaction more than anything, because highly energetic dogs seem to unnerve her the most, despite the fact she is high energy herself. Any suggestions? I have tried taking her to the dog park on several occasions and if its not a ghost-town, then she gets overwhelmed with a large group of frenzied dogs and refuses to play or leave my side.
- Patterned Sable GSD ~12/15/11
- Sable and White Sheltie ~9/8/09
- Tortoiseshell calico
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