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Not sure where to put this post and I need some advise. We went to a breeder the week of september 25th to look at some parents of some puppies that would soon be born. While we were there the breeder asked us if we wanted to adopt a 1 year old GSD. We thought about it awhile and ended up bringing her home. I am sure we have done several things wrong with the adjustment period. I must mention I have 3 girls 13,11 & 9 that I promised to get a new dog as our 13 1/2 year old White GS passed away in July. We brought her home and left her loose in the back yard and she wouldn't stop moving which I understood. We brought in the house and the same thing, she finally sat down while we were watching TV. I put her outside and never heard a peep out of her all night. She just seemed like she was always looking for something. I left her in the next night and she slept in my bedroom. The next day I had to go to Atlanta so the girls left her in the house and went to school.(My wife works nights and gets home around 8:15 am) When she got home the dog had gone to the bathroom in one of my daugters room. Something had scared her and she would not let my wife get near her. She finally got her outside did not seem to like to be near my wife. When I came back from Atlanta wednesday morning I saw her trying to eat her way thru the gate after the girls had gone to school. At this point we called our friend who refered us to the breeder and she said to crate her and treat her like a puppy. If she was out of the crate have her on a leash. We could take her off the leash if we were playing with her but other than that keep her on it. She thinks this dog was a as she called her a kennel dog all of her life. I believe she was being trained for conformation shows. She sleeps all night in the crate and does not really resist going into it. Problem now is she doesn't like to go outside, she will to go to the bathroom but wants right back in. She will jump up on the door trying to get back in. (She has ripped the screen to pieces)I must mention she is not house broken yet because I have to make her go outside otherwise I believe she would go in the house. She will eat some but it is a struggle at times and my vet wants her to gain 4-5 lbs. She looks like she is always looking for something (I do have a cat that suprisingly them seem to get along pretty good most of the time) This weekend is week 3 and if I leave her off the leash in the house she heads right upstairs sniffing everywhere, which tells me she might mark her terittory. She adores my olest daugter who has always gotten along with aniamals and myself also. It is like she is always looking for her. I know this is a lengthy message but it is getting frustarting having to monitor her so much. The not wanting to be outside is a totally crazy also. Any input or suggestions would be appreciated. I must mention the dog has shown no signs of aggression towards anyone but does look scared or confused at times. There are typically alot of childeren in and out of my house. Someone mentioned she could be going thru seperation anxiety and at 1 the are typically getting protective. She also has had no companion pet training we are working on her knowing her name a sitting at present. I believe the dogs pedigree is very good from the fathers side I have not recievd the information from he motherside yet. We do plan on obiedience training but want get her adjusted to her new home first. THANKS!:wub::confused:
 

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Welcome to the forum. I hope things are getting better for you. Hopefully you'll get some good advice.
 

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Welcome to the forum, and sorry for your loss on your white GSD. Sounds like this dog you have now as not been socialized 1 bit and kept as a kennel dog and nothing more. Give her LOTS of time to adjust and maybe throwing in some obedience training will help.
 
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