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Discussion in 'German Shepherd Dog' started by Southern belle7, Jun 9, 2020.

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  1. Southern belle7

    Southern belle7 New Member

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    I don’t know weather to laugh or cry

    Hello all. I’m new here. Ok...this is probably going to be a bit long. I have had GSD in the past. Done some SAR work and Schutzhund a bit so I’m not unfamiliar. But it’s been about 11 years since I have had one. So getting ansey I decided to buy a 9 week old GSD 3 days ago. I asked all the proper questions on the phone before I traveled 6 hrs to get her. Yes she’s been socialized, walks on a leash etc... we get to the breeders home and there are about 15 maybe more adult GDS roaming the property and 2 pups. The adults were extremely well behaved. Friendly, a good mix of males and females. I get my pup, take her away from the others and spend some time with her. All seemed AOK.....She slept like an angel all the way home. She has been officially stripped of her angel status. I get it she’s a pup. I have owned 4 over the years but never had I had the issues I’m having with this one. Stubborn doesn’t describe it. Leash.. no way.. fixated on my cat and sees her as prey. Won’t listen at all.. can’t get her attention. Her attention span lasts all of 30 seconds. She just goes from one thing to another. From the looks of it she had spent most of her life outside with the other dogs. She was roaming with them when I got there. She s a complete brat. No manners even for a pup. Started using clicker today, she completely ignores me and it. I have had her tethered to me most of the time. I give her a chew toy while she is sitting with me but that lasts 2 min then she’s trying to bit our feet, furniture what ever is around and last night when I told her no she snapped at me. She’s According to the breeder she comes from calm parents which was apparent when I was there. Any ideas as to why this behavior? I’m chalking it up to not enough human contact other than feeding times. I decided to hand feed her to make her slow down, she’s ravenous when she eats . Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  3. Chris B

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    Three days ago you turned her life upside down and took her away from all she knows and loves.

    She's unsettled and doesn't know you yet or what you want.

    Time, patience and persistence will bring her round
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    I agree with all that Chris has said. She is a baby, trying hard to understand her new environment and being a single dog. A puppy's main means of exploration is with its nose and mouth - chewing is normal behaviour. As for being leash trained at 9 weeks - maybe while she is following a tit-bit!
    She ignores the clicker? The purpose of the clicker is to mark ( or capture) her good behaviour - so why use it if she has done nothing correctly? A click will mean nothing to her until she has learned that it is the signal that she has performed a task correctly, and earned a reward.
    IMO. You are expecting too much too soon.
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    Not having a puppy for 11 yrs it’s easy to forget what a handful they can be, she is showing normal puppy behaviour.
    You have only had her short time and you are expecting to much from her, give her time to settle and get to know /bond with you.

    Quote (Yes she’s been socialized, walks on a leash etc...) I find it hard to believe that a 9 week old pup is lead trained and socialised, I would be concerned with a breeder who has numerous dogs of both sexes roaming on site.

    Have the parents had the relevant health tests done?
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    I agree with everything that has been said above, with the following additional comments. You say you decided to buy the puppy just three days ago "because you were feeling antsy". Buying a puppy on the spur of the moment like that is never a good idea at the best of times, and especially not now when life is not exactly normal.

    However, you said that you asked all the proper questions on the telephone before going to get her - and you got all the answers the breeder gave you that the breeder would want you to know in order to make a sale. Why would a breeder have to push a puppy to a prospective purchaser? Decent breeders do not have to do that - the purchaser usually has to do the convincing that they are right for the puppy. I am sure that I was not and am not the only breeder who has turned away prospective purchasers because I was not convinced they were the right people for my puppies.

    As for so many dogs and puppies roaming about and, as you say that from the looks of it she had spent most of her life outside with the other dogs, with not enough human contact other than feeding times, it sounds to me as if she is almost feral. You will need time and patience to get her used to being away from that situation and to get used to being by herself with just you. She will not even know you very well yet after just three days.
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    Yes I agree with the comments. I have been feeding her by hand which she is doing very well with. This morning after she ate she was in the kitchen with me on her leash and my Pappilon went to drink some water from his bowl and she lunged at him and bit him while snarling and barking at him. I pulled her back and told her NO! I could not deter her from that moment, she stayed fixated on him. Also when I said I was feeling antsy I meant I thought i was ready to add another family member. I felt I asked all the right questions and she showed no signs of the behavior she is displaying now. I’m thinking she is high prey drive which will be impossible to break her from since it’s naturally her disposition.
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    I’m just hoping her behavior is due to how she was raised in the first few months of her life and not due specifically that she may be more suited to police work or SAR type of environment. I get she’s a puppy and everything thing is new . I’m just worried that she’s shows this type of aggression this early.
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    Is she 'working line or showline ?

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