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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
At his age, he should be friendly, so you got a good one!! He is still a puppy, GSDs mature slow, and his protective instincts won't come out until he is about 18 or 24 months old. As for as being a guard dog, be careful what you wish for!!! Much MUCH better to have a friendly dog that will alert bark to tell you of anything different, than a crazy aggressive dog that wants to eat everything that moves that you can't take anywhere.
For now, work on your relationship with him. Training, classes, hikes, lots of play and walks and fetch. Let him be a puppy and mature knowing that you, the owner/pack leader will be there to look out for him, protect him, and keep him safe. Take him everywhere and socialize him to all sorts of places and things and people. This way he will learn to differentiate between normal things and suspicious people and odd situations where he needs to alert you.
Just have an obedient, well-behaved German Shepherd by your side is an exellent visual deterent that will go a long way in discouraging shady characters from trying anything - without the worry of him going after someone inappropriately.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015