I need advice. I have a 7 y/o white german shepherd. She has severe issues of aggression and nervousness. She has bitten me TWICE. 1st 2 y ago she bit me on the arm when I startled her... to the bone. Last year she killed my kitten because it hissed at her. She has attacked 2 small dogs, unprovoked, and finally 2 days ago she bit me in the face. I was really scared to look in the mirror to see how bad it was but luckily I only suffered a superficial laceration and 2 puncture wounds. I am heart broken. She really is a sweet sweet dog and very intelligent. She just flips sometimes. Like last time when she bit me, I was down on the floor rolling around with her acting like an idiot. I have down this with all my dogs all my life. I didn't do anything to hurt her or that should have scared her. Im at my wits end with her. I'm really afraid she will eventually end up attacking another person or animal and end up being destroyed. She just seems extraordinarily nervous. When I pet her, every time my hand touches her she jumps or looks as though she's afraid she will be hit. This dog has never been abused in anyway at all. If anything, she is spoiled. I'm open to suggestions. Have a video at http://www.youtube.com/wrayc. Also, she is terrified of water. If I say "bath" she runs and hides. Thank you.
I have been bitten and then attacked by my own dog. I recommend you get to your vet immediatly for an exam. If the vet can find no reason for these issues, get the help of a professional dog trainer with experience in this area. This sounds serious, I know you wouldn't want your dog to hurt someone else. For some reason, we think it's okay if is us, but it's not, please get help ASAP before some very serious happens.
If you have not done so already, I would seek out the help of a good trainer. Is your dog perfectly healthy, and have you had her in to the vet for a good checkup? Have you had her Bayer tested? If you surprise a deaf dog, you will sometimes get a bite because the dog is scared. You said she is nervous...was she well socialized as a pup, and has your home been the only one she has had? I would check out all physical possibilities first, and then if everything is normal, move on to some in depth training. I'm sorry this is happening to you, but perhaps there is a simple answer.Good luck.
The best course of action is to get someone to observe her behavior, like a behavioral trainer. There are so many things to cover here I don't know wear to start. First you need to be aware, that Sheperds, well, are almost always nervous to some degree, in the home and out of the home. The more intelligent the breed the more early socialization the breed needs. I work in a clinic, and we see probly a hundred Shep's a week. Maybe one out of that 100, will come in calm and easy going. This dog needs a basic training routine everyday, and you must use positive techniques only. He must earn everything. No touching the dog without earning it. USe kongs and tricky treat balls for feedings instead of bowls. Understand and learn, what a dog will find threatening. Standing over the dog, petting over the top of the body and rough houseing. Eye contact and punishments, and stop doing them. Routines and better control managment in the house. A behaviorist may be able to work with you to develope a bite inhibition treatment plan. In a nut shell alot of things need to be changed, a whole new life. None of the things you describe shock me, lots of dogs have these issues.
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