The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I agree with Relayer. Give her lots of time to adjust and bond to you. I would say one month is not even close, think of more like six months to let her relax and feel comfortable, and let her drives come out. If she was at the shelter, she may be very stressed, and may not be quite herself. I would first concentrate on building a fun, positive, and rewarding relationship with her.
Protection training is not something one should try to undertake on their own. If not done properly, you can end up with an ureliable basket case, which instead of being an asset to you, is a liability. Find a Schutzhund club or a professional trainer, and once she is settled in and bonded, have her evaluated for her drives and nerve. You need the right kind of dog to do this kind of training with. Having a PPD is a HUGE responsibility and requires knowledgeable and skilled handling, and on-going life-long regular training to maintain the skills and obedience and control.
For now, just have fun with your new dog, teach her to have fun with you! You can get her more focused on you by always having treats on you, and any time she looks at you or shows interest in wanting to interact, praise her and give her treats.
Just having a German Shepherd is enough deterrent in most cases to keep you safe. Teach her to bark on command, and you got it made!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015