I have a 7 month old female german shepherd, she has had odd behaviors from the beginning. When we first got her she was very aloof, didn't seem to want to be held or played with. We chalked that up to being from a breeder and not having much human contact. Then her skidishness started, startled at the slightest movement. When I frist trained her on the leash if a car would drive by she would fall to the ground and lay on her side terrified, everytime!. As things went on she started barking at everyone, no one is suppose to be on my street according to her, even if their in their own yard far from our house. She would let people in the house but bark the entire time they were there, no matter how long, we tried having the visitor give her treats things like that she wanted nothing to do with them. A few people she has gotten to know she will stop barking at sometimes even let them pet her, but the strange thing is, they may be petting her but a few minutes later she will be barking at them again like she never saw them before. She has also began chasing cars and she actually tried to jump in the window at a driver agressively. The ultimate was a few days ago my friend came over with her 4 yr old, unsure of how the dog would react i chained her up in the back yard before letting them in the house. They were visiting for a few minutes when I heard the dog scratching on the back door. I knew then somehow she got off her chain, I have one of those metal cable leashes, she had snapped the cable. Instead of running off like she would normally do if loose she came right to the door scratching. I let her in and had a hold of the end of the cable. She saw the little boy jump on his mom's lap because he was frightened and hair standing up on end and teeth showing leaped at the boy. Thank god I had a hold of the leash. I have a bruise on my hand from pulling so hard to control her. That was very scary. I have contacted several vets and clinics and obeidience clinics, they have all told me that a dog that will leap at a child or person like that cannot be trusted again even with behavior training. Has any one else had experience with this, we love the dog but don't want to risk anyone getting hurt, She's quite large even for 7 months she's already 75 lbs. I would appreciate any advice.
Wel, If your dog is going to be telling everybody to be getting off the streets, she is obviously in control their, you can't let a german sheperd think she is incontrol, that is bad news. If I were you I would get a trainer to help you out, and if you can't afford it, try some tips that people on terrificpets give you. When she barks at people coming to the door, I would suggest the bark shock collar, or spray bark collar, I have never used these before, but I have heard some people on TP suggest it. When you take her for walk make her sit down everytime she barks, and you tell that dog NO in a stern voice, if you can't get control of your german sheperd, someone is going to get hurt. So you will need to be very serious with your dog, when she is being good, reward her with treats and lots of love, praise everything good that she does, and she will start to understand what is good and not good. When she is bad, look her in the eyes and tell her NO in a very stern voice and walk away, if it is in the house or yard. I don't exactly know whatother tips or addvice to give you, but you will probably get some really good advice on here, and good luck!!!
also, If you can't find a very good trainer in your area, I would give the dog whisperer a call, he will save your dog, so that in the future your dog will have awesome d=behavior and won't have to be put down because of her hurting someone, I really uggest the dog whisperer, his name is ceser Millan, and he has a website, but I think you call or ask for his help or something like that, but he will have your dog under control in a second, and he will teach you how, and it will do no harm to your doggy.