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Good day all,

My dog; 5 month old GSD (Faust)

When I first got Faust, everything was great, and everything is still great, but I am starting to wonder if his current mood is simply his independence coming out (which would be fine), or if there is an issue with our ‘bond’. This is probably just a first time dog owner stressing over nothing.

Our training is 99% positive reinforcement, the only time he gets corrected is from biting (while playing/running with my g/f, he would jump up and bite her on the ass… that’s a no-no) – other than that, there is no physical corrections, so I don’t think I am being to ‘hard’.

When I call him, he comes. When I pet him, he just sits there, no tail wagging… when I stop petting him, he walks away, lays down. I am probably just anthropomorphizing, but he always looks ‘sad’. We go for daily walks, I take him off lease and we play… but he is just ‘blahh’.

He’s healthy.

Is this something to do with his development/personality? Will he grow out of it? Or is there something (specific) I can do to help reinforce our bond (if needed).

I can tell he is very independent and confident, which is what I wanted in a dog (and the breeder, who I trust) told me he was (before I even told her what I was looking for).

Thank you

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He's so cute! It's probably a phase, but do you take him to an obedience class? That really helps with the bonding and trust.
I do not, but that is not really an option. We do go out, socialize with several people and their dogs, there is a huge field (5x5 miles) where I run him off lease, work on retrieve and some light SAR (when I say that, I mean, hide the toy and go find it), and play with other dogs (he seems to love it). We do that 2x a week.

Most of my friends that work with their dogs and the clubs within my range are primarily strict working/herding dogs, cattle mostly - Definitely not what I want. The one obedience class/group that is offered in my area is flaky at best, not going to get involved with them.
 

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Thanks for the replies - I think I am just going to take it as you said - a phase, and just watch him.

On a side note, I did something I have not done since I was a little kid (with my dog). Got down on all fours with him. Wow... he turned into a different dog. Got very excited, was jumping all over me (and a LOT of nipping, which I thought for the most part, we broke ) - I balanced the correction to the nipping with fun, and we wore each other out :)

I going to take a nap :sleep:
 
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