Hi, my new addition, Titus, is 10 months old now, and we have some fear/aggression issues with him. We got him at 15 weeks old from a local Washington state breeder. She breeds for an older style, straight back, and from what she says, a family friendly temperment. Titus is my 3rd GSD from working lines, and the first I've had show fear or aggression toward people. We did the usual socialization when we got him. Nothing crazy, we just took him on walks around the neighborhood, had people over (that is limited because we don't know many people and family is far away), took him to the pet store once a week for socialization classes. He did ok, at first, but as the weeks went on, got more and more tense. Nothing "bad" ever happened. We were told by trainers and the breeder to back off on socializing a bit, and stick to walks, no more getting close to other dogs and streamers for a while. We focus mostly on obidience training at home and on walks now. He was also weaned early. He's getting more vocal when he sees other dogs on walks. Corrections don't do much, he's hyper focused on the offending thing/dog\person, treats do help some. We are doing counter conditioning, along with firm No when he shows aggression. Is this behavior do to being under socialized, or is it mostly genetic? He is nothing like my other GSDs, more like an Anatolian I had, that I later found out was very inbred. This is his dad's pedigree.
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