i just read something that said that if you have a German Sheperd you need to make them work or they may become aggressive. I take my dog to the beach and for walks but what do they mean when they say your dog needs to work?
I think that is banana oil, personally, about a dog being more aggressive becuase it doesn't 'work'. However I do think that dogs can be more happy and less destructive if they are exercised regularly, or have something to do outside of just 'being dogs'. The job may be something as complex as tracking or water rescue, or as simple as therapy work. Working on obedience and agility daily is a type of job in and of itself.
german shepherds are a very intelligent breed. they really need mental stimulation on a daily basis or they can start to develop behavioral problems. you need to do things with them that stimulate their active brains, such as obedience work or teaching them tricks. they are somewhat high energy, not like a lab though, they are always looking for something to do. walking your dog is fine but while walking try and incorporate some sits and downs and other commands. they are truly happiest when they are working, doing something. they love to please people and can be taught anything. anything that can get their active minds working or thinking is the best.
Thanks for the info. I definetly agree. Shes only 8 weeks and wants to learn so much. Her first trick was "Speak" which she learned quite fast but the problem is that now everyone wants her to do that trick. Now when she wants something....she barks to let you know. It probably wasn't the best thing to teach her at that age.
A dog might feel the need to be active because it's what they're supposed to do and get anxious, which might cause the dog to be snappy. It won't make the dog agressive not to work, though. As long as they get lots of love, exercise, and are trained well, you shouldn't worry unless there are signs creeping up.
i guess i should have chosen my words better. i didn't mean to say that if a shepherd isn't worked that it will become viscious. what i should have said is that this breed has a very active mind and if it is not given an outlet to use it then behavioral problems will come up such as destruction, anxiety, this can apply to alot of breeds as destruction is a sign of boredom also. just given this breeds intense desire to have a job these are problems to watch out for. they are not content to be just house pets.
Scout- I don't if you got something out of my post, but I was responding to the original question. I didn't read you response. I don't always read the responses (and then people think I'm annoying because I don't know when things are solved or I repeat things!)
actually frosty what ashleigh wrote in her question was something i think i wrote on another post so i just wanted to clarify it a little. sometimes what i have in my head is not what comes out in my writing so i can even confuse myself!!!!!!!!
I actually read a book that said a Rotwieler would go crazy if it wasn't worked on a normal basis. I was a book on how to choose the right breed for you. I thought it was an interesting take, but I didn't give it much merit. I just think that working does like to have jobs, and any dog that feels important is happier in general.
A dog is not going to be more aggressive if they are not worked, that actually sounds kind of ridiculous. They may be a little more hyper and destructive like Minniyar was saying, but being more aggressive would having nothing to do if they were working or not. I have pit bull dogs and they are known for their gameness, and when I say gameness I am not talking about their willingness to fight, I am talking about their willingness to tackle a task and put all their effort into it. I am starting my dogs on weight pull training and they really love it. Pit bulls aim to please their owner and they don't want to stop until the task is done. I am having a great time working with them and so can you and it would be enjoyable for both man and animal. Another sport my husband and I love is taking our dogs to the park on roller blades, it really gives them a chance to expend some energy and enjoy all the scenery.
Well I don't know about being necessarily aggressive, but if a dog is not had any training or is isolated, they tend to make their own choices and learning things on their own that is not necessarily what you want from the dog. ALOT of German Shep's really don't get out of the back yard. The ones that do are quite lucky. Working breeds were bred to think on their own somewhat and aim to please. Aggression does not necessarily mean growling and biting. There are aggressive people and they don't bite...well most don't. Isolation, (back yard dogs) can actually aggravate aggression and hyperness.