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Just got my new German Shepherd puppy, she is currently 6 weeks old. Without getting into too much detail I want her to be more of a protective dog that I can put my trust in if stuff hits the fan. Where should I begin with this process? Also should I socialize her with other dogs and people a lot or not as much. Any key tips I should know now while she is still very young? Any advice helps as I'm trying to learn as much as possible about this while she is a little pup
 

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Do you mean personal protection type? If so I can’t tell you anything, but my last dog didn’t get socialized enough and became very protective of the family.
 

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Whether your puppy has the genetic nerve strength/temperment to be a good protective dog or not, only time will tell...unless the dog's pedigree strongly suggests it perhaps (and I'm guessing that isn't the case since you got the puppy at 6 weeks). But even then it's a crapshoot. Some are some aren't.

Either way, while socialization involves exposure to both people and dogs, it really focusses more on exposure to all kinds of things; stairs, basements, as many different floor textures as possible, steel bleachers, riding in an elevator, traffic, bicycles, joggers, skateboards, other animals of all kinds, platforms like on a play structure, slides, and the list goes on and on and on.

Socialization will make your puppy more comfortable throughout his life, and he'll grow into a much more stable adult dog, whatever his temperment. It's also fun and great for bonding with your puppy.

Is it just a stable watchdog you're after, or more formal training in protection? Most GSDs are a pretty good deturant without any training.
 

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Congratulations on your new pup! 6 weeks is very young, too young to know whether or not the pup will have the necessary traits for protection work. That said, with rock solid obedience your pup may turn into a good deterrent which is typically enough for most people. There's a thread around here that addresses socialisation in detail, I'll se if I can find and link it.

It's a long read, but there is lots of good information.
 

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At 6 weeks she should still be with her mother. 8 weeks is when they should go home

but I digress. The dog is either protective or it’s not. You can not train a dog to be protective. It’s a natural instinct. All German Shepherds hsve it. Some more than others. One way you can tell is by pedigree. Dogs with IPO lineage are usually very good protection dogs. There are exceptions. Your puppy is still too young to tell and won’t start showingthese traits until she’s around 6 months old or longer so as of now it’s too early to even know what you have

treat the dog as family and in return it will do the same for you. My dog would die for me but he doesn’t know I’d die for him b4 that ever happened!
 

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if you have never trained a dog to be that type of temperament/purpose, then you would be better off hiring a professional to determine if your pup is right for that type of training in the first place. then possibly hire said trainer to help train your pup.

as others have said, just looking at a house with a GSD in it, regardless of if it's barking at you or not, is normally a good deterrent from someone bad doing something bad. Not to mention on a walk. Regardless if a bad guy walks by you, or by your house, 9 times out of 10, your dog will see him before he sees your dog.

Karma is as nice as they come (granted she is still a pup), but even now, with her bark, it's enough to make people stop at the steps to my front door. People that know her, will walk right in with ZERO issue. People that don't know her/she doesn't know them, get a good 'sniffin'.

from reading on here, i would concentrate on getting your pup to trust YOU. If your pup trusts you and your judgement, that will go a long way with how your pup will react towards other hoomans
 
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