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My GSD Max is now almost 5 months old.

He is getting better on walks everyday. When he passes most people or dogs, he greets them and does great.

However, the other night he passed two older women and one looked clearly afraid of Max. He sensed it and started to bark at her, and hid behind me. I reassured them that he is a puppy, they seemed to relax and Max stopped barking and calmed down. I am now walking him daily to get him more and more used to people and other dogs.

(my wife and I have had friends and family around him, as well as other dogs) (he seems to really like to play with my mom's 6 year old Scottie...they seem to pal around)

My goal is to eventually have a hiking partner with Max, since there are a lot of beautiful hiking trails and forests in the Northern and Central California.

As for long road trips... I am a bit concerned. He tends to whine, but after each short driving trip there are small improvements.

For road trips I figure:
-having a blanket and toys that he is used to.
-I have a back set cover to protect the leather.
-maybe a dog seat belt harness?
-other thoughts welcome..
 

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People who are afraid of dogs, often stare at them to make sure nothing happens to them (to the person). Dogs can sense this as a threat and react. Tell th eperson to look away and that you have control of the dog, then change direction and happily play with him.
 

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I currently have an 8 week old pup, but my parents have a now 4 year old german shepherd. He has never liked car rides and goes nuts. He has a lot of trouble settling down.

What we ended up doing was getting a travel crate and putting it in the back seat. Then move the from right passenger seat back to secure the crate between the back seat and front seat. It becomes a little den for him and we find he's able to relax and sleep better.
 

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I tell strangers to ignore my female. She needs extra time to size people up. My male is curious about people so strangers are usually not an issue with him. In fact he is a chick magnet and helps my hubby flirt. He is used to jumping on people from IPO training, and we have to remind him to keep all 4 feet on the floor if he thinks someone is willing to let him get up near their face.

With the car we have a hammock style seat cover. That way the back seat is more comfortable with no foot well to avoid falling into. I also have screens on the back windows. I have used a harness and tether system that clips into the seat-belt. I don't have room for crates in the back of my car. That is the safest way to carry our dogs in a car. I do have good strong crates in the back of my truck, and the love riding in them if the weather is decent.
 
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