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by joanro on 04 August 2017 - 20:08

So, this is the first time these two met, a 15 month old Anatolian Shepherd male, and a nine month old gsd female.

Plain to see the gsd is very possessive of the water and very much desiring to control the baffled young male.

This female is very commanding in new situations and very self confidant.

People who are not familiar with the gsd tend to believe females are 'easy' and 'soft'.


by Jenni78 on 04 August 2017 - 20:08

Whenever I hear (usually a man) say they don't want a female because they're "soft," I know he lacks experience and likely can't handle a good one!

by ShirosOhana on 04 August 2017 - 21:08

Some dogs are bold and overconfident and relish dominating both people and other dogs. Some are reluctant leaders who take charge in a family when no one else assumes the mantle of pack leader. Most are males, although females swell the ranks as well. Whatever the size, sex or situation, these pretenders to the throne need to be put in their place via a benign yet effective leadership program.

First, you’ll need to establish rules, and ensure that all household members are willing to comply with them, because consistency is crucial. Pushy dogs do not have furniture rights. They must stay on floor level and sleep on dog beds, not human beds. Family members should not descend to floor level to wrestle with the dog but, rather, involve him in play where he follows the rules—or the fun ends. A game of Frisbee™ or fetch, in which the toy is returned to hand, is ideal.
No Free Lunch

A pushy dog needs structure. Obedience training can give both parties a common language through which to communicate. Once the dog knows “Sit” and “Stay/Wait” commands, these can be used frequently: during dinner preparation to control counter surfing and begging; before exiting homes, elevators or cars, when the dog wants to claim new territory ahead of his handler; and to accomplish tasks such as grooming and feet wiping, which most bossy dogs disallow.

Teach a long “down in place” for some peace and quiet during and after dinner, and feed the dog after all humans have dined, as a gentle reminder of his ranking in the family pack. Make the dog work for every treat, and exercise him on a schedule. Going out should not be his for the asking. It is imperative to take into account the dog’s development stage and activity level when establishing a schedule that will meet his needs.


This Is the method I used with my GSD and he now a millions times better, it took a while but if you stay on top of them it will eventually pay off.


by susie on 04 August 2017 - 21:08

No, they aren´t "soft", but they are "different"...

Out of my experience ( doesn´t need to be true, just my observations ) females tend to "think", whereas males tend to "do".
Might be based on genetics - females have to care for puppies, they have to survive, no matter how, whereas males are the "Rambos", always ready for a fight, full of testosterone.

An angry female will fight for its and its puppies life ( but always thinking for the puppies first and foremost ), an angry male will forget everything...
A female during training may say "I will think about it" whereas a male will either say "yes" or "no".

As always there are exceptions to the rule-but these are my observations about males/females.

And for sure males are easier to train...

by GSCat on 04 August 2017 - 23:08

Looks like she wants to play and he doesn't know how or is tired or doesn't have the drive or isn't playful.


by Jenni78 on 04 August 2017 - 23:08

Agree, Susie. I also think males are easier for women to train, and sometimes a strong female will be a bit more responsive to a male handler. I just sold a super nice female older pup of mine who I thought would be more responsive to a man and so far, it's very true. She made me work for everything she gave me. I REALLY liked her and admired her. He is a novice and she is doing great with him. Sometimes same sex dog and handler teams aren't the best if one or both are stubborn ;) I thought maybe it was just me, but I had a very good trainer friend work her and she treated her the same way- as if she'd rather spar than listen.

by joanro on 05 August 2017 - 00:08

Five minutes after I took the videos, they were running full out, and she coaxed him to chase her...she would go to the left of the calf hut, and he's smart enough to cut her off by going to the right. It was a blast watching them. The Anatolians are very, very different from the gsd. High food drive, not the ball drive ( as in nill)
While the gsd prefers to follow a path or trail, the Anatolian prefers to take the thickest, dentist brush and thickets off the trails. And always following their nose, very much the same as my gsds.

by Nans gsd on 05 August 2017 - 17:08

What a brat, he's pretty good with her though, don't usually feel Anatolians are that social. But....

by joanro on 09 August 2017 - 17:08

I don't call her a brat. I call her a self confident, strong are the two this am.


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by Koots on 09 August 2017 - 22:08

Are the Anatolians yours Joan, and are they to guard your flock (s)?

I feel that herd guardian dogs are the best way to protect livestock from predators, and the Anatolian is a very capable breed. Where did you get him?


Nice to see them playing.  I can definitely see some behaviour resemblance between Thor and her especially the pushiness, lol.

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