once again, luke, my 9 month old german shepherd is getting worse. his aggression is getting bad, the other day he tryed to attack 2 ladies. he has never ever tryed to attack any women before. so now he is aggressive to some women and almost all guys! he has tryed to attack at least 5 ppl this week! he was on the leash and all but if he wasnt i dont know what would happen. how can i get him to settle down. i need help. i dont want to put him down. what can i do?
***Edited By: little_chase89 on 1/10/2005 8:32:44 PM*** Reason: spelling
Second: If A is already done, enroll him in obedance
Third: Search for "Nothing in Life is Free Training Program" and follow those steps.
You must take control of the situation and the dog and direct it by training. By not having your GSD in an obediance situation you are doing both of you a diservice. The pup is confused about the world and his place in it and he will shortly get the two of you in trouble.
Your solution is some hard core training starting now.
I agree. This does sound like you are not being the alphadog with your dog. He may feel that, this is what you want from him.
When you take him for walks, do you have the lease short and close to you? Never let your dog have free range. I mean a long leash. You have no control of him and you cannot correct him when he needs to be control.
When you have a dog like that, that is the only way you can control him with a short leash. Jerk on it when he does something wrong. One swift jerk and say no. You have to be tough or this isn't going to work.
I am also very worried about your dog. I agree with the taining but I wouldn't take him to a place where he feels intimidated with all of those people and cause you more problems.
I would talk to a trainer first. She/He might be able to tell you what to do at home with him.
I really wish you the very best. I hope you don't have to put him down either.
What ever it is bothering him, he can't tell you. So, watch him and see what you find out. Maybe you will see where the problem is.
A bit off topic, but I was told this by a friend that instead of saying "no" come up with a more unique word or combo of words for the situation since "no" is often overused and sounds a lot like "go." Instead try a commonad like "no bite" or something similar.
i just saw a show called the Dog Whisperer on national geographic. there is a guy named Cesar Millan who knows how to solve situations like these in a matter of minutes. On the website, it says it airs weekdays at 6:30pm.et and 3:30pm. pt. i saw two episodes and one had a lab that was attacking other dogs when his owner had him out on walks. in a matter of ten minutes, he had this dog completely mellowed out and obedient. tune in, he has a lot of great tips.
Yup, nein means no. Thats why I use it. All of my dogs are trained in german, its my fav language. Its a fntastic language for traniing. Taking the time to train in another language really slows you down and makes you think before you scream commands when stressed.
Anyway, he he to laern to protect you without gonig off at everyone that passes. That is for you to teach him through corrective behaviors and your own personal assumption of Alpha.
thanks for all the great advice. i use the word "back off" when i dont want him to do something. and he knows exactly what i means, its just when he see someone comming towards me and him he doesnt care what i tell him. in fact i tryed that trick someone told me about perfecting sit and stay like in the movies, well it didnt work. i found out a small trick. see my dog is ball crazy, he loves to chase snowballs/ tennis/ baseball's anything that is a ball. so when i see someone comming and he is off the leash i just destract him with a snowball. well it worked for the first couple trys then he realized what i was doing. so he out smarted that and would go catch the ball then run right after the person instead of bringing it back. so i guess ill have to find another distraction or something. well thanks for all the great advice!
My friend had to give her GSD away because of his aggression. They got him as a pup and did the obedience training, the neutering, the whole 9 yards. Nothing helped. He was very vicious and bit a few people. They gave him to a GSD Rescue league that hoped to train him for police work of some kind. The parents of this pup were aggressive too and I wonder if sometimes there is nothing you can do.