Socialization

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Socialization

Post by Barbara Simpso » Sun, 22 Nov 1998 04:00:00



I have a GSD puppy that is 5 months old. He shows no aggression with people
but raises his hackles and barks when he sees other dogs (even when they are
fenced and no threat to him.) I have just started taking him for walks
outside the yard to give him exposure to other stimuli outside his
territory. I've had other GSDs but have never encountered this with them. He
even did this yesterday when he saw our female that he knows on the other
side of the fence. You could tell by the look on her face that she was
really confused by this. Can anyone give me some tips on how I can get a
handle on this? We have other family members with dogs and we all camp
together a lot and bring our dogs with us. I've been waiting to take him out
in the "world" until he had all his shots. I'd lost one dog to Parvo and
didn't want to risk this one, but I really need help on this. BTW, when he
sees other dogs (which has only been a very few) he is not aggressive, no
charging just raises his hackles and barks menacingly. Please let me know
what I can do to make this more comfortable for him. It really startled me
when I saw this behavior in him. I am going to check into an obedience class
for us, but I want him to be a little bitter behaved than this before I take
him. Thanks in advance for all the good advice I know will be coming my way.

B Simpson
Dogs are people too!!

 
 
 

Socialization

Post by cle.. » Sun, 22 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Barbara:

If you've just started taking him out for walks, it may be that this
situation is still a little new and frightening. Or, it could be that
he's growing and getting stronger...you may be holding him on a tight
leash to "control" him. And since he's "connected" to you, he may feel
he has to protect you. Or perhaps, since you're now concerned about his
behavior, he's just picking up on your anxiety. GSDs, by nature, are
both very protective of, and highly tuned-in to, their owners.

Whatever the cause, a puppy class would probably work wonders. He's not
too young and he certainly doesn't have to be better behaved before you
start. You'll find a lot of "obnoxious" behavior in his classmates
during the first few weeks of classes. Since he hasn't been around dogs
since he left his litter, he really needs the socialization that puppy
kindergarten provides.

Good luck and please keep us informed.

Carol

Quote:

> I have a GSD puppy that is 5 months old. He shows no aggression with people
> but raises his hackles and barks when he sees other dogs (even when they are
> fenced and no threat to him.) I have just started taking him for walks
> outside the yard to give him exposure to other stimuli outside his
> territory. I've had other GSDs but have never encountered this with them. He
> even did this yesterday when he saw our female that he knows on the other
> side of the fence. You could tell by the look on her face that she was
> really confused by this. Can anyone give me some tips on how I can get a
> handle on this? We have other family members with dogs and we all camp
> together a lot and bring our dogs with us. I've been waiting to take him out
> in the "world" until he had all his shots. I'd lost one dog to Parvo and
> didn't want to risk this one, but I really need help on this. BTW, when he
> sees other dogs (which has only been a very few) he is not aggressive, no
> charging just raises his hackles and barks menacingly. Please let me know
> what I can do to make this more comfortable for him. It really startled me
> when I saw this behavior in him. I am going to check into an obedience class
> for us, but I want him to be a little bitter behaved than this before I take
> him. Thanks in advance for all the good advice I know will be coming my way.

> B Simpson
> Dogs are people too!!

 
 
 

Socialization

Post by John H. Wil » Mon, 23 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>I have a GSD puppy that is 5 months old. He shows no aggression with people {snip}

Sorta normal at his age. He may also just have a 'sharp' personality
and you are going to have to sit on him until he understands what
maners are.

Quote:
>I've been waiting to take him out in the "world" until he had all his shots. {snip}

He should have had all shots by this time (?) or enough to give him
protection

Quote:
>I am going to check into an obedience class for us, but I want him to be a little bitter behaved than this before I take
>him.

NO! He should start yesterday! That's the whole point. Training,
socilaization with strange dogs (and people).
Quote:

>B Simpson
>Dogs are people too!!

I'm sorry but one of my hot buttons just got pushed. I don't mean to
offend BUT, dogs ain't people, dogs are dogs! You must deal with a dog
on his level. You seem to have had pleasent, compliant animals in the
past. Now you have an animal whose personality may be on the other end
of the spectrum. Don't put up with him trying to take over. Keep in
the back of your mind that you are and must be in charge, ie., the
pack leader. All the dogs must know, down to the core of their beings
that they are subordinate to you.

(soapbox thrown on the fire)