German Shepherd Dog > How do I raise a confident dog (100 replies)
by destiny4u on 16 July 2012 - 19:43
| I just want my dog to be confident enough that if someone comes to the door or fence and runs at him to "test" him that he is confident enough to not run and hide.|
Most probably you know this, I learned that to test a dog's courage he needs to be free so he has the chance to run away if he chooses to, many would fail this test. Some would not react at all and few would warn the approacher to stop or else. (I wonder how those who do not react at all and just look stupidly at the approacher would be evaluated !!!).
Well the dog has the option to back off even on a leash or a long line and hide behind its owner. Recently when i was waiting i saw a doberman tested and it hid behind its owner. After it did that it was protected and safe from the decoy. SO even on leash the dog has a way out it can hide behind its owner or cower and submit or shut down. Does not have to be free.
so even if we back tie our dogs and stand beside them or behind them they can clearly get protection from us if they are scared and dont wanna face the decoy. As long as you are a strong leader of your dog and willing to protect it and not some scum bag that trys to push ur dog and pressure it when it does not want to do something of course.
my dog has never come close to doing this but i was told that it is not that uncommon for pet dogs to do it.