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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2015, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Those proffesional begging eyes - delaying my decision maybe?

I have a 16 month old GSD that has been a bit aggressive from the start, at (7) weeks. It seems the aggression is not growing,,somewhat. She has been privately trained twice a week for about 2 monthsby what I thought was an ok trainer. but I believe she was training her to play on her flyball team so none of this has really helped. My family and I love this dog and she is a cornerstone in our family but it seems she doesn't want that. I have found there is the state K9 traing facility 10 minutes away from my place of employment that does a (30) day training for the general public and I am interested in this. It is fairly expensive but truly worth it if my dog will be the GSD I believe she can be. I'm just afraid after (30) not seeing us will be an issue. I guess I'm just looking for your opinions on this. She is VERY protective of me and my family, but she likes to as well. Sorry my first post is so long but I need your help or suggestions. thanks
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A 7 week puppy is not agressive. Someone gave you the wrong assessment along the way.
I'm not sure where you are from but I would seek out a training director or long time member of a IPO club (schutzhund club) and ask if perhaps they could evaluate your dog. As far as trainers go, I can recommend people in Arkansas and Oregon but don't know of people in other locations. (I am picky.)
The wrong trainer or a misguided trainer can mess up your dog.

More info about your dog might be helpful. You say she is a cornerstone but the dog doesn't want that. That's something I don't understand fully. Is it that you want her to just hang out and be happy? The dog may need a very directed activity that she works on regularly - which will give her release, focus and also enforce obedience. When you say she likes to bite that implies that she has nipped people or was it a full bite? There is a big difference - bite would be painful, very bloody and possibly require a drs. visit. A nip is just "may I have your attention" or "let me play with you" or "stop that please". More or less a pinch. Even if it is nips, these can be misinterpreted and lead to serious consequences for you and the dog so the nipping needs to be redirected to a suitable (inanimate sp) object.

So although you thought your post was long, I think it needs to be a bit longer.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-21-2015, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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She is full on biting, my forearm is torn up from me blocking her when she lunges at me. Her tail is wagging and I personally think (she) thinks its a game but when I redirect or discipline her it only gets worse. I am in Alabama and training facility trains a lot of the military and police K9 units here. She loves to be petted, if you will. praised when she does well, basically all the good dog stuff. but she just goes into fits of rage that I can't seem to get rid of. I do not mind any at all the work I need to put in to help the dog be a bit more gentle. She never goes off leash outside unless she is in her 40' x 40' pen. she runs and plays in there a lot of her day. I just wondered the drawback to giving her to trainers for (30) days and the possible outcome when I get her back.
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It all depends on the trainer. Get references and check them thoroughly, Google them and read up on any reviews, complaints, etc. Talk to the trainers about their methods. Could be great, could be terrible and really mess up your dog, it all depends on the trainers.
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Have you needed to have stitches? If not, this is just a game to her. I'll send you a PM regarding someone in Arkansas that you might talk with. He will want to know that you will follow through because he gets frustrated with people who waste his time (it's not so much about the money with him.)
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