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    Firstly, I realise this thread is going to arise a lot of negative feedback. However, i would like honest feedback,stories and tips. Thank You

    Ok, So i've adopted, bred and been brought up with dogs all my life. I recently purchased a German Shepherd puppy, she's 10 weeks old and has been in the house for 1 month so far. She's okay with me, only when she wants to bite and play. I try to bring her around when people are in the house, yet she runs and gets very scared when people try to pat her or cuddle her she's extremely uncomfortable.

    She doesn't acknowledge me at all, nor does she respond to her treats in a good manner. I treat her when she does something good, yet she does the opposite 5 minutes later. I've spent the last 7 days trying to teach her to sit. She runs and tries to play as i want to reward her.

    I realise she's only 10 weeks but i've never had puppies like this in the past. They've always warmed up and been very comfortable around the household and gradually listened. I want to enrol my dog into training but i want to know if anyone has experienced this before and specifically with this GSD breed.


    Thank You.

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    you got your dog way too young from the breeder, from the sounds of it there is probably a genetic component. Have you had a german shepherd before? It sounds like some typical shepherds honestly from some lines. I think you should head straight to Leerburg Dog Training | 16,000 pages of dog training information, 500 free dog training streaming videos, free eBooks, podcasts, by Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis and if you keep having trouble contact a trainer to help you. If you want to drive down to Geelong I can give you a hand shepherds are my speciality!

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    I've had many German Shepherds in the past, however this one is very odd. She hates affection and jsut wants to spend time alone. If i pick her up or go near her at times she whimpers. It's been very frustrating to be honest. Geelong, is very hard with work for my Wife and I, if i can find someone in Melbourne that is reasonably priced and can help my dog that would be ideal. Could you reccommend anything in Melbourne at all? Thank you

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    I do visit melbourne as well, I think get the pup assessed ASAP and have a plan worked out. Email me inline_k9@yahoo.com, meanwhile really take a look at the leerburg website especially raising puppies.

    I can tell you the modern german shepherd is not what it used to be. I have seen a few similar to yours, not interested in people, cannot focus, very loud, also bad nerves are a big thing. What colour is your dog and do you know the pedigree of her parents?

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    Yes with GSDS you really have to do your homework and get them from an ethical breeder who breeds for good structure and temperament and can give you ongoing support if required. That may not have happened in this case given you bought her home at 6 weeks old.

    Sounds like you need to get your dog assessed by a person who really knows GSDS and their lines and quickly while she is in this critical period of development. I would pursue this with Nekhbet. Good luck, it is good that you have recognised a problem very early on and are looking for help.

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    Hi Searchingforanswers,

    Did you purchase the pup from a reputable breeder?

    I agree that it is possible that you got the pup too young from tge breeder (at 5-6 weeks).

    Is your dog a show line or working line? Based on what you've described, it sounds like a show line. They are known for nervousness and anxiety as well as a few other temperament "issues".

    I am in Melbourne and have worked with some show and working line GSD's if you are interested in getting this sorted with a trainer here, if Nehkbet is unable to make it to Melbourne. From what I have heard, Nehkbet knows hwe stuff, so will also help you with your pups problems

    Definitely look at the link Nehkbet suggested. It will give you good info to work with for now
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    Sorry to hear your having this problem and getting a pup that's only 6 wks old doesn't help either. No Reputable breeder would sell puppies under 8 wks as is the law. Have you taken her to the vet for a check up to make sure she has no health problems.

    At 10 wks you can't expect too much and as every pup is different she needs more time, GSD pups can be real monsters and at times you think why did I ever choose this breed, what the hell was I thinking but with TLC and the correct training they turn out just fine.

    My New GSD girl Chloe (pictured below) is a rescue and is only 9 mths old, I've had her 2 mths she had no training and was kept in the yard. She's a real handful but she's getting better every day.
    Chloe & Zorro
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    I have owned 2 GSD's. At 10 weeks, they are 'bold as brass land sharks'. Climbing like cats, mobbing visitors etc. Your hands are covered in scars from playing with them, they stalk you and pounce. They adore affection and stroking, and have many tickle spots. They are very vocal also. and will chase anything.

    I think that being show or working is not relevant here. What you have is a very nervous disposition in what will be a very powerful dog. and these come in both gene lines, just more often in show. But what you have as a issue is Not insurmountable, as this breed responds truly favorably to strong leadership and positive training and BAT.

    Leerburg has a lot of articles that are wonderful. And the best collection of training in drive articles ive seen in one place. and this might be something you wish to try a little later. If you want that rapier fast obedience you see in dogs trained in drive. I do.

    But for your dog, i would recommend B.A.T. It retrains the dogs brain to think trigger means nice things happen. Changing the emotional state your dog learns in, results in different outcome. so anxious dogs chill out, and dont fret so much. Then the true character of the dog can come out to play. Once in a calm state of mind, learning can begin.

    BAT s very gentle on the dog too. and on you.
    and im sure one of our moderators will oblige with a link please?

    She doesnt acknowledge me in any way.
    that's a crock of shit n you know it. How the heck can a anxious animal not acknowledge you, yet show fear? See, fear is the acknowledgement. She's noticed you. she doesnt trust you. She's known you 4 weeks, you are not trustworthy yet, and you put her at risk from monsters you invite into the home. nope, you're clearly not her knight in shining armour - yet. But you can be. And will be.

    Its very early days. You have a very trainable dog there. And if you can gain her trust, she'll put her life on the line for you.
    It is going to take a little bit of time, patience and being gentle and calm. A trainer would be great if you could afford one.

    Lets have a photo please? im a lover of pup gsd's photos!

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    I thought i would give everyone some feedback whom replied to this thread!

    My female GSD is now 21 weeks old! She's the complete opposite to how she was at 10-14 weeks! She is now quite the playful pup with regular guests, but listens to my every word. Very clever, very obedient and becoming a terrific watch dog!

    I've noticed that she doesn't like strangers in the house touching her but out in the street she's fine with anyone patting her! What could be the reason for this?

    Thanks

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    Not all dogs take well to strangers in their territory, they're not part of their pack. As long as she isn't showing any aggression I wouldn't worry too much. Try telling visitors not to touch her and let her come to them when she feels comfortable with them being there.

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