Socialization - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 23

I have a new 2 yr old female (Keka) who has been very well trained by my daughter & SIL. She seems a bit behind in socialization though so any help or tips would be appreciated. When I take her on walks she's very protective. It's been an ongoing joke that she's protecting me from female joggers and children walking cats.

She behaves well with neighbor dogs barking at her...she mostly ignores then. If she's out on a least though, she barks and pulls or lunges. From least to most she gets agitated with children or women, dogs, and men.

My concern is that as I feed her better food and give her more exercise she's going to get a lot stronger so I need to socialize her now. One of my neighbors has three dogs and is willing to help with her dogs, children and husband. Ideas on careful training would be appreciated.
Keka is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 08:17 AM
Crowned Member
onyx'girl's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW, MI
Posts: 27,287
The LAT(look at that) game is great for training out the reactivity. Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt teaches this and other great exercises.
Have yummy high value treats with you always and when she starts zoning in on whatever, tell her to look at that and then click(or mark it) when she does and treat her. Get her to focus back to you and again mark that, treat or praise. Eventually you can get her to focus back to you without the look at that, therefore redirecting her attention.

Many dogs will react out of fear vs protecting. They have to act big and bad to make the threat go away. Leash reactivity happens because the dog has the fight or flight instinct...leash=no flight so the fight takes over.

Reading body language is important so you can redirect her before she starts the reactivity.
Have your neighbors toss her treats and not make eye contact. Let the dog be the one to do the approaching.
How people approach dogs is important, no crouching or frontal type. They should go sideways and let the dog do the first sniff. Turid Rugaas has a great short book and a DVD about dog communication. I highly recommend it.
I would get into an obedience class with her and keep her in controlled type situations if you feel you can handle her without her going off. If you can find a class based on the CU book, go for it!

Kept by
Gambit zu Treuen Handen

Guinness auf der Marquis...Karlo son!

Always in my heart
Karlo aka Gideon vom Wildhaus
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by onyx'girl; 07-28-2010 at 08:21 AM.
onyx'girl is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 23
Thanks for the tips. She does lose focus completely on me. A guy in the neighborhood got out of his car to talk with us while we were walking and I think I sat part of my weight on her before she started focusing on me again. 15 years ago I would have yanked a choke chain with her but I'm trying to be a better trainer. The thing that's a challenge is that she's reacting to people and animals that are 50 feet away and not necessarily approaching.
Keka is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Agility Socialization IS a must! (photos/videos) MaggieRoseLee Agility 35 02-08-2011 09:40 AM
Socialization extremegiants Puppy Behavior 6 04-19-2008 05:29 AM
Socialization--REGRETS? ardavis324 Development & Socialization 14 04-18-2008 05:31 PM
New to forum - new rescue socialization advise plz dbailey Development & Socialization 8 04-16-2008 10:53 AM
Is dog-socialization time-critical? Brightelf Training Theory & Methods 13 01-05-2008 04:45 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome