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post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do you own a fearful, nervous, or skittish German Shepherd

Just interested in getting a feel for how prevalent it is. Who owns at least one nervous, fearful, or skittish Shepherd. Nervous around people, fearful of slick floors or strange surfaces, skittish of strangers, etc.

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yes ginger has always been scared of people no matter how much I tried to socialize her. Sometimes she gets so scared she pees on the floor. So all I can do is comfort her and protect her. I made a mistake when I picked her out of the litter. I felt bad for her because she was all alone. I truely feel I rescued her, because I am sure other people wouldnt want a scared gsd. She dont bark either. Shes just a gentile girl that wants loved. If she come to you the she is ok. If someone wont leave her alone, after she shys away, then she runs to me and if they still dont leave her alone she pee's. I love her no matter what and wouldnt give her up for anything!!!

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post #3 of 93 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 01:32 PM
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I've got 3 solid, solid dogs, one crazy/neurotic dog, and one with fear aggression...he's young and he's improved a lot but I still would not put him in the solid catagory.

I love them all but life is much easier with the solid ones! Garth (RIP) was super solid too. That's 4 solid gsd's in a row, and the last 2 not so much. A sign of the current breeding trends perhaps.
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Yes, pound puppy with unknown origins.

Fearful of, and reactive to, other dogs. Horse whips/fly swatters...something about that noise.

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yes, i do. Banshee is very reactive to people in general, very unpredictable, a constant work in progress. always reactive to dogs outside his pack. hugo and sasha are very dependably calm and sweet with everyone, dogs and people alike.

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post #6 of 93 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 01:57 PM
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Jackson was very fearful as a puppy and would 'forget' people he knew. He has come a long way, but still hackles and barks at every stranger and strange dog he sees, as well as unusual smells and unusual objects that are out of place. Like in the back yard for instance. If I let him out to go potty and a plastic bag has blown into the yard, he hackles at it! Or if there's a dark shadow in the night, lol! He's afraid of the dark....

He takes about 15 seconds to warm up when confronted, but I would not consider him strong nerved by any means. He was afraid of the snowmen in the back yard last year! After all the times he went out to go potty last winter, he would always hackle and bark at the snowman. Every. Single. Time.

I always laugh inside when I hear "it's never the dog, just the owner." I know that sometimes it IS the dog. He has come a long way but won't ever be fully confident and calm in new situations. That nervousness is wired in his genes.

Aside from that, he is a hard dog, very intense, and has VERY strong drive. He has that strong desire to work and never tires, but his nerves get the best of him


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Yes, Willow is reactive, fearful, whiny and skittish when she is out of her comfort zone. I have worked with her and she has gotten better about her reactivity with other dogs but it is always there.

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Daisy is reactive.We went in the car yesterday and she was barking at pedestrians, She is much better then when she was younger but when the hearing, sight and movement all hit she can still be reactiver. Loves company now ,cant handle little kids and isnt fond of other dogs on her property,better w/ males by far. Lucky reacts to storms but just wants to be near you and in the basement. Reactive to other dogs if in his fence area. Does not like strangers near his property but can be called off.
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post #9 of 93 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 02:42 PM
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I wouldn't say she was fearful, nervous or skittish but when I got Bianca she was unsure and lacked confidence. She is not scared of any people, places, things, surfaces, etc...
She wasn't fearful of anything but she would get upset if she thought I was mad at her or if I spoke too harshly or told my cats to stop doing something. She is now very confident though.

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post #10 of 93 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 02:47 PM
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I own one dog with fear aggression. Towards children, some adults, and strange dogs.

One out of 7. The other 7 are very solid, trustworthy, stable, and good nerved dogs.

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