hi ive had my gsd for almost two years, i bought her from a breeder when i didnt know much about buying dogs from breeders because when i bought her the she was 4 months old and i traveled to another state to see her and she was afraid of people, i had 2 chase her around to grab her and put her in my car, it took her a few weeks to get her to stop running away from me and my family,weve had her and she had a litter of pups and one died, now she only likes my family and she is afraid of anyone else but she will growl and bark if someone enters our yard, she looks very skinny for a gsd but we feed her and take her to the vet regularly, i just bought 2 pug puppies and she plays with the very roughly, shes always getting ear infections and we have to take her to the vet a lot, we stopped letting her go outside alone so she cant dig up the yard which causes her ear infections, she is a very picky eater and if we dont give her what she wants she will starve herself, her overall mood is miserable, we have 2 keep her locked away when we have visitors or she will go crazy,we cant put up with her anymore..any suggestions for shelters id hate to see her put to sleep.
WOW I can't believe b/c of those minor things you are just ready to hand her over...I could never but that is me. Please whatever you do, do not put her in a kill shelter a non kill shelter only. try whiteshepherdrescue.org I believe they only rescue white GSD's but maybe they will have a suggestion.
Well, in my opinion, you are very smart to keep her away from people if she is having such a strong fear reaction to strangers, as the worst biters are what are known as "Fear Biters" which are, simply enough, dogs that bite because they are terrified.
On top of a very strange temperament, she sounds like she has some medical problems as well.
Have you tried to find and contact a German Shepherd rescue group in your area? If not, what is your general location, and I am sure myself or some of the other folks here could search and find one that you could try contacting.
However, be aware that they may consider your dog unadoptable, and therefore not care to take her on, and if that is the case I'd go ahead and euthanize her. Many people may disagree with me, but a dog with that sort of temperament and health problems on top of that is a real problem, as well as a potential hazard and legal liability.
As a rescuer please do NOT burden a rescue with a problem that you have created, please call a reputable trainer and work with your dog. Her ear infections are likely from diet related issues. You can train this dog and it's your responsibility to, you bought her, you own her and you should be respondible and not dump your problem on someone else.
GSD's are smart dogs, very trainable and very workable. Please find a good trainer and get working.
1. Take her to an obedience class and see if that helps.
2. Do a search and find a GSD rescue group that will take her.
3. Put her down.
I have personally seen a few GSD's that were just insane from the get-go, and training did not work for them. German Shepherds are very easy to work with if they have a correct temperament, but if they don't have that correct temperament, well...
It is up to you to decide whether you believe training will work in your case, as we don't know what you have or have not done with this dog in the two years you have had her.
If you want to attempt to find a rescue group, go up to the Google search bar at the top of this page and type in something like, "German Shepherd Rescue New Jersey" and you should get some hits that would take you to pages with contact numbers or e-mail addys.
Hate to break it to you, but not all vets are good vets... I have never heard of a dog getting an ear infection from digging.... they are generally caused from poor diet, mites or lack of cleaning. I would take her to another vet for a second opinion. In the meantime, there is a good home made ear cleaning solution that I suggest you use at least once a week to keep her ears clean... 50% white vinegar 50% rubbing alcohol The vinegar is acidic and will break down all the gunk. The alcohol acts as a drying agent. Thsi solution works great.. I have used it for years with better results than the store bought stuff.
What food are you feeding her? If it is a grocery store brand, then I would almost guarantee her ear infections are from improper diet. If you aren't already, I would put her on a high quality kibble.
I agree with everyone else.... this dog should not go into rescue. If you honestly cannot take the time to find a trainer to work with and refuse to train her yourself, then she would be better off being euthanized. Fearful dogs are dangerous... if she were adopted by someone and she attacked them... that would be terrible. Not to mention the stress she will go through in new surroundings, etc. She trusts you, she knows you... please find a private trainer and have them work with you and her on the problems you are having (which are all pretty minor for the most part)
Do you still have her breeders contact info? Not that the breeder sounds all that reputable (selling a fearful pup) but then again, I do not know the entire situation. Most reputable breeders will take thier dogs back or help you find a trainer, mentor, rescue, etc. Just a suggestion....
***Edited By: BullyMom on 6/15/2005 4:32:53 PM*** Reason: add
Pedigree is a terrible food... mostly fillers (corn) Corn and wheat are known to cause ear infections, skin allergies, gastro intestinal upset, etc. I would definitely switch her to a quality food (no corn, no wheat, no chemical preservatives) Read the "sick puppy" post to find lists of quality kibbles available here: http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/20691.asp
***Edited By: BullyMom on 6/15/2005 4:37:07 PM*** Reason: add
German Shep's are considered a intelligent breed, meaning they can learn quickly. Which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on their living situation. By 4 months old the dogs brain has finished developing. So anything the dog has not experienced before then they will show a fear response. What has probly happened is this dog probly spent the first 4 months isolated from the world. Kenneling(breeding kennel) a puppy is a horrible, and cruel. Most of these so called breeders have no idea or don't care that the animal needs to be socialized with the world. Even after the 4 months they still can have some socialization be effective. Are you partly to blame, yes some what. Puppies are not born with a manual on how to react to our world. So what you are experiencing with the dogs behavior doesn't surprise me and is quite common with Shep's, and alot of the other breeds that have the ability to learn quickly, Like Border Collies. The problems will never be completely solved, but if your dedicated and really am in it for the long hull, an animal behavioralisr can start you on a program to re socialize the dog, desensitize him to people and environments. It could take as long as the dog has been alive. Are you in Canada?
***Edited By: sue on 6/16/2005 5:23:36 PM*** Reason: dhscbh
"weve had her and she had a litter of pups and one died,"
Did you have her tested for health issues? does she have show or a working title? Why did you breed her?
"now she only likes my family and she is afraid of anyone else but she will growl and bark if someone enters our yard"
Humor me, why is that a bad thing? She is protecting "her" property, her family, YOUR KIDS. Who knows, she might be your kids saving grace from a kidnapper.. GSD's are KNOWN for being family protectors. Did you any research before you got her?
"she is a very picky eater and if we dont give her what she wants she will starve herself,"
Dogs are not stupid, then know they need to eat. Do you free feed her? Or give her so many meals a day? If you free feed her, I do not know what to tell you, but if you feed her in the AM and again in the PM, what you should do, is put her food down,in teh AM for about 15-20 minutes, and if she doesnt eat it, pick it up, and feed her again in the PM. Have you changed her food often? you might have created a "fickle eater".
" her overall mood is miserable, we have 2 keep her locked away when we have visitors or she will go crazy"
Do you work with her at all? take her to OB classes? walk her? ANYTHING?!?!?!?
"we cant put up with her anymore"
This is just SAD... Its breaking my heart, and I wished I lived closer, so I could take her and work with her! I'm.. I'm just at a loss for words... Why did you get her in the first place?
Ya know what... I have a friend who MIGHT be able to help, she lives in Upstate NY.
Have you read the "how could you" thread? IF not, here is the link this is what is going to happen to your dog if you do not give her a chance. My question is how could you give her away, how could you break her heart, how could you not want to work with her and give her a chance. Would you give up so easily on one of your kids?