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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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My 5 1/2 month old GSD has had a stall in training. He doesn't seem to want to listen to me. He is jumping which he never did before and he just started for the first time to be afraid of people. He has always loved everyone he sees and greets them with kisses but in the last couple of days he runs the opposite way and tries to hide. He also is scared when he hears his leash jingle when it's time for a walk and when we do get out he is pulling and choking himself. Normally he walks by my side. I haven't changed anything that I normally do with him all the same routine. No new people around. Has anyone ever had their pup change like this and if so is it just a phase?


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My first reaction to a sudden personality change like that is a vet visit to rule out a physical cause.

Has anything scary or traumatic happened to him recently, or has there been an opportunity for something to happen when you weren't around to see it?

How do you handle his jumping? What sort of training do you do with him on a daily basis?

It's hard to give more advice without more information, but that doesn't sound normal to me. Puppies go through weird stages but it sounds like something is upsetting or scaring your dog.

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at 5 1/2 years old a sudden change is concerning, especially if he was fine before that. something could have happened to him that you didn't know about, but i think it definitely warrents a vet visit to rule out some things. i could see if he showed signals through the years not trusting people, but suddenly is odd.

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I haven't changed anything that I normally do with him all the same routine. No new people around.


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How much socialization has he had? I'm thinking it hasn't been enough and more is needed. How about training?

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at 5 1/2 years old a sudden change is concerning, especially if he was fine before that. something could have happened to him that you didn't know about, but i think it definitely warrents a vet visit to rule out some things. i could see if he showed signals through the years not trusting people, but suddenly is odd.
The dog is not 5.5 years old, he is. 5.5 months old

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Llombardo I'm thinking the same thing about socialization. We start training classes tomorrow. I had to wait for an opening.
Also my 4 year old daughter has been sick with the flu so I haven't been able to spend the full amount of time with him everyday that I normally do. I really didn't think that would make to much of a difference but it almost seems like he is being a brat and saying "hey if your not gonna play with me then I'm gonna be bad".


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Sorry training starts today not tomorrow.


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Did he get a rabies vax recently?

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He got rabies vac in December.


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Onxy went through a change at about 6 months, not that extreme but noticeable. I had her spayed and blamed it on the spay. She started showing aggression/reactivity.
It is her genetics that are responsible, but possibly the hormone change played into her attitude.

I would just keep on working with him, show your leadership and that you are the one that controls situations so he can feel more confident knowing you have it. Especially when you are going to a new class/evironment, make sure he knows you are confident, it will go down the leash...and don't comfort his insecure feelings, just ignore it.
The jumping could be a sign of insecurity. My male did this during training, if he didn't want to do what was asked or if I pushed him too much. He'd jump up and muzzle punch me.

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