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Unhappy Stubborn Dog!!!

I feel like my GSD has become a bratty teenager. He is 11 months old and weighs 75 lbs. I weigh 120...keep that in mind when giving suggestions please. He is very well trained and intelligent. At first I was his leader and everything went lovely. Now, he has become bratty and stubborn. I keep reading about correction but no one is giving me specifics. He jumps on the family, herds my children around like sheep (they have the bite marks to prove it,) and is overly protective..to the point where I have completely stopped trying to bring him out around people or bring anyone into the house that doesn't already live there. He has snapped at everyone he has come in contact with for the last two months. Any advice?
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Training advice given over the internet is essentially worthless sadly, without knowing the trigger or cause it's hard to say what the behavior actually is and therefore help. Not to mention every dog is different

I'd find a good trainer with GSD experience preferably to come assess him and give you some help

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Certified one on one trainer, immediately.
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NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free). Dog looses all priviledges and needs to work for everything. You can google NILIF and get good info. The dog needs more control and management until he learns what is acceptable and not. Set him up for success by preventing the behaviours you don't want - the more he gets to 'practice' behaviours, the more ingrained they will be, the harder it will be to re-train him.

He is at a difficult age for most people to handle - up the control, up the exercise, up the training, but let him know he is a good dog, set him up to do good things. If you don't want him to jump on people, have him sit. He can't jump and sit at the same time. If you can't get him to sit and hold a sit work with a trainer who can observe how you interact with him and they can give you specific pointers on how to 'fix' how you work with him.

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My boy was like that also. When company came I stood to the side, put him on a 2' leash, made him sit..then when everyone was settled, and he was calm, he was set free. If he went 'crazy happy', back on the leash! We did this for a long time, and now its at the point where I just ask him to sit beside me, then once calm, he's free. He nicely greets them, then goes lies down by himself. Good luck

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this doesn't sound like being protective
"and is overly protective..to the point where I have completely stopped trying to bring him out around people or bring anyone into the house that doesn't already live there. He has snapped at everyone he has come in contact with for the last two months. Any advice?"

what does he look like when this happens

you said he was very well trained . Trained for what?

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My boy was like that also. When company came I stood to the side, put him on a 2' leash, made him sit..then when everyone was settled, and he was calm, he was set free. If he went 'crazy happy', back on the leash! We did this for a long time, and now its at the point where I just ask him to sit beside me, then once calm, he's free. He nicely greets them, then goes lies down by himself. Good luck
how long was "a long time?"
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Ziggy, I would say the jumping/crazy welcomes started at apx 9-10 months, he is now 15 months, and he has been calm for a while.. It just takes time and patience. Good luck

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My boy was like that also. When company came I stood to the side, put him on a 2' leash, made him sit..then when everyone was settled, and he was calm, he was set free. If he went 'crazy happy', back on the leash! We did this for a long time, and now its at the point where I just ask him to sit beside me, then once calm, he's free. He nicely greets them, then goes lies down by himself. Good luck

I am going through the similar issue you went through. My 11 month old is a happy/crazy when people come over. I have to put him on a leash and he has to sit next to me and calm down. Max is known has the "stalker" by those who come over. If someone goes into the bathroom he will wait lye down outside the door and when they come out he welcomes them all over again try to get a pet. It seems 10 hellos are not enough as he sneaks them in here and there. Sometimes i have to put him back on leash as he gets carried away. He eventually settles down. When kids go outside in the backyard to play with their friends he whines and jumps up at the sliding glass door I have to put him back on the leash and practice "sit on the dog(leash)"as it is the only thing that will calm him down. It is good to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel.


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I'm sorry, but I don't think "snapping at everyone who comes near in the last two months" and "my children have the bite marks to prove it" sounds like an overly excited dog. I would be very weary of a dog that was snapping at everyone. I'd be very concerned by a dog that was biting my children, with marks left behind especially. It sounds to me like an issue that needs to be addressed immediately, with a professional.

I'm not trying to be rude or pushy here, your post just truly worries me. It doesn't sound like typical teenage stubbornness to me, it sounds like a severe bite waiting to happen.

My GSD tries to "herd" my children, but she has never snapped or bitten them. She is crazy reactive to people that aren't my family. She's fear aggressive. I don't allow anyone near her, I don't let anyone get close enough to have them snapped at. She is being worked one on one with a trainer to try and help these issues. Luckily, yours is young enough that if you start now, you can avoid some of the many issues I'm having to try to work through with mine. She is a 3yr old rescue.
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