by rakeshausky on 11 July 2018 - 21:07
by Jessejones on 11 July 2018 - 23:07
If the pup was put into a kennel at 8wks(?) until 6 months with no human contact except for feeding time...and puppy was fine (outgoing and confident) before it went to this home... then it is not rocket science to guess it is 100% caused by environmental failure to nurture the dog socially.
How old is the pup now?
This poor pup missed the valuable socialization months, up to 3-4 months where is needs to see and experience everything possible. There can be another spooky period around 8 to 13 months too. A pups temperament is already there to see at 8 weeks, with no real surprises later on.
Can it ever become normal socially again?
Yes, but it will take someone with a lot of time to spend with the dog, one on one, everyday....and someone who has a good common sense dog behavior and training knowledge. Not someone who is gone at work all day long either...and not someone who has never had a gsd before.
This girl has a good chance of getting back on her feet, so to say, with time and training. But, she may never reach the potential she once might have become. If she is an extraordinary dog, and the new home is loving and outgoing, and they know about dogs and specifically gsds and spends a lot of time with her, she may rebound. I hope so!
It is an absolute crime to do something like this and anyone guilty of doing this should never be allowed another dog as long as they live.
by rakeshausky on 12 July 2018 - 00:07
by Rik on 12 July 2018 - 00:07
If it's environmental, I agree with the above poster it can improve. maybe a great deal.
I bought a 2 yo female once because I was so impressed with the character (and conformation) of her sister that was owned by a friend of mine. she had been raised the exact same way as you describe. she was a wreck when she arrived and I was more than sick.
she did come out of it. I really didn't do anything special. just if I was home, she was with me and my family. exposed her to a lot of different situations.
I said in another thread, a sound dog can overcome some negative social experiences. same with people. good luck.
by Nans gsd on 12 July 2018 - 01:07
Agree RIK but whoever takes her on needs to be patient. If it is her temperamental background and known weaknesses in the pedigree it will come up no matter what the handler/owner does. Insecure dogs due to temperament will come back to bit you in the a_ _ . Enviromental weaknesses can be turned around with the correct training and exposure... Lets hope its the latter.. good luck. Know how hard it is to turn this around, been there myself with a couple of bitches in the past 45 years...Nan
by Gustav on 12 July 2018 - 18:07
by GSCat on 13 July 2018 - 04:07
by Rik on 14 July 2018 - 13:07
the dog I mentioned in my previous post was never quite the same in character as her sister, so who knows if environment was the deciding factor or if she was just not born as strong. I do agree a dog that is sound can overcome a lot of negative social factors, but it's doubtful that they will ever be 100% what could have been.
a dog that is genetically weak (and it can be in the same litter) will never be 100%.
by rakeshausky on 14 July 2018 - 17:07
by Swarnendu on 14 July 2018 - 19:07
No one can say for sure whether it's genetic or environmental.
A genetically weak puppy can be given loads of familiarisation and confidence building during 5-13 weeks and brought up to a condition the dog is now currently. A genetically strong puppy deprived of conditioning during this critical period can be recovered with loads of patience and positive teaching, but will never reach 100%. This can be done with any average dog also.
BTW, the 8-13 month hormonal spookyness is not the sign of a properly brought up genetically strong dog.
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