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bad behaviors!! need help

my gsd Max is 13 months old!!he is a very tough dog!! he pulls to much on walking, barks on any dog and almost everybody and pulls me more!! going on a walk with him is always a mess and not fun!!i tried many things as "walk next to me" but he doesnt listen and he is also a stubborn dog !! and when there is a dog or someone that takes his attention he doesnt listen at all!!need help!!how can i change it and make the walking fun and make him play with other dogs and be socialized?
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Get a prong collar to help with the pulling and gi to dog parks to help socialize with other dogs
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Oh, Boy. Have I Ever Been There. But I won in The End

I bought a Giant German Shepherd. He's tough as all get out too. And, we had on heck of a time trying to bring him around. It took at least two years and we're not 100% of the way to where we want to be now, just weeks from his 3rd birthday.

It sounds like you've allowed some pretty bad habits to develop. They're going to be hard to break now that he's so much larger than he was as a puppy.

Let's just start with pulling. Get a prong collar, back it up with a choke collar and without anger let that dog feel your power right from the beginning of the walk. With mine still takes a couple of stiff jerks as soon as we leave the house to get him to realize that I mean business about no pulling.

At the beginning of the walk on a short leash stand in front of the dog and make him sit patiently using whatever level of correction you must. It's the only way to set the walk up right. Then start with short walks and terminate them long before he wants to, again, to demonstrate that you control the walk and not him.

Importantly, when it's over find something to praise the dog about. And, then switch from the menacing and demanding to the loving and tender.

This dual approach finally worked with mine.

Someone else can take up reactive behavior towards other dogs. Personally, I think dog parks are the worst possible option right now.

Good luck.

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Have you ever taken OB classes with him? If no, look for a trainer or clubs in you area, clubs offering classes are usually pretty reasonable. They can see you/him first hand and guide you in the right direction. it sounds like he either doesn't understand what you are asking or is just blowing you off.
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Why does he need to play with strange dogs? Most GSDs are not good dogs to take to a dog park, especially after about 8-9 months when they become adolescent and test every boundary possible. He needs to learn to ignore them. Obedience classes would be a good start.

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Why does he need to play with strange dogs? Most GSDs are not good dogs to take to a dog park, especially after about 8-9 months when they become adolescent and test every boundary possible. He needs to learn to ignore them. Obedience classes would be a good start.
Thank You!!

Worst advice ever, go to a Dog Park???

I just posted this:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ly-dogs-2.html

And the walk thing ...see here:
Slip Lead leash - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums

All the "real tools" are discussed and you'll see problems you may run into!

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my gsd Max is 13 months old!!he is a very tough dog!! he pulls to much on walking, barks on any dog and almost everybody and pulls me more!! going on a walk with him is always a mess and not fun!!i tried many things as "walk next to me" but he doesnt listen and he is also a stubborn dog !! and when there is a dog or someone that takes his attention he doesnt listen at all!!need help!!how can i change it and make the walking fun and make him play with other dogs and be socialized?
He is not stubborn. He is simply not trained. Find a local trainer that has a lot of experience with GSDs and work with them. At this point you're not likely to solve this on your own.
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