German Shepherd Dog > Would you consider this normal for his age? (27 replies)
by alboe2009 on 28 June 2012 - 18:39
Not to be wierd, or go to the opposite side of the spectrum. But have you ever heard of/seen where someone that either knew some or someone thought they knew, knew for 20 years or knew for life turned out to be a monster or whateve,r that no one could ever believe that he/she cuold be? Let the dog be him/herself. If he or she doesn't like one or two individuals then let it be. You're the master, the dog trusts you and you trust him/her.
by GSDguy08 on 29 June 2012 - 01:19
|Guys, I know you mentioned not taking Buck with him, but I want thoughts on this....... I was thinking back to Little Dude and his youth as a pup. Thinking back, Little Dude was the same way in certain places, like the vet, other dogs (Auggie doesn't fear other dogs though), people at times (typically if there were other dogs around, as LD had a bad experience at 8 weeks with a guy marching his dog up to us and letting it bark right in LD's face before I could get away), etc etc. I didn't even think about LD when I made this post. But I used Buck with him almost all the time in order to help him out, and by 8 and 1/2 months LD could go absolutely anywhere by himself for the most part. Occasionally I had to bring Buck with him to the vet, but by 1 year, LD no longer needed Buck anywhere. I seriously believe I could walk LD through a bomb field and he wouldn't flinch. He has no issues with any people, with any dogs, can go to absolutely any store or new environment, nothing phases him. That was using another dog to help him...... Would Auggie not be able to do the same by using Buck until he's confident enough on his own? Auggie is the outgoing, social, extremely confident dog when Buck is around. Buck knows what to do, who to trust, who not to trust, no issues anywhere really, is social, etc etc. Thoughts on this?|
by Chaz Reinhold on 29 June 2012 - 01:58
|Get Buck out of this. Buck isn't gonna piss for LD when he's scared. Why don't you be the one to mentor the dogs. They need to get over their fears without Buck.|
by GSDguy08 on 29 June 2012 - 02:53
|Chaz, did you not read it correctly. I stated LD no longer needs Buck, LD is confident enough to do anything on his own now.......|
by GSDguy08 on 29 June 2012 - 02:53
|And point being with that, sometimes dogs "can" help other dogs better than a person can.|
by Chaz Reinhold on 29 June 2012 - 03:07
|Ok. Sorry about calling your GSD "LD". You have so many dogs, it is easy to make a mistake. Carry on. If you don't like differing opinions, don't ask.|
by GSDguy08 on 29 June 2012 - 03:12
|Chaz, I don't mind differing opinions, I only asked another question to see what everyone thought, I just needed to clarify to you that LD is not a Shepherd, that's all. LD is rock solid everywhere by himself. I'm not saying I will take Buck with Auggie, I was just asking what everyone thought about some of those things. Tomorrow I'll be taking Auggie somewhere.....not sure where yet, but it "has" to be indoors due to the heat. They've got us at nearly 107 tomorrow I think.|
by EuroShepherd on 29 June 2012 - 03:13
Personally I don't see a problem with having an older dog be a role model for a younger dog, I see it all the time in my pack. If a dog can teach another dog good habits and good behavior, then why not? I often find that my experienced dogs can help me train my inexperienced dogs faster.
Also, my dogs are much more alert during night time walks, there have been plenty of times that a dog has barked or acted suspicious during after-dark outings and yet been totally relaxed and sociable during day light.