just wondering if anyone here as some good ideas on socializing a 2 year old german shepherd which i dont think as had to much.
this is the story, i got a shepherd from a home that could no longer keep him, he fitted in my my family right away no problems at all, my partner and two kids 4 and 10. i dont think the last owers really did anything with him. he has really bonded with us since we have had him which is for about 5 months now, and i think that maybe his protective side as come out, if some one comes to the gate or front door he goes off his head, untill one of us settles him down,
some people he will meet ok, others he is abit full on, we have abit of a resvere right next to our house so i am always outside playing with him or taking him out to the ponds and most of the time other people and dogs dont even bother him because he is playing with a ball.
when i first got him i did take him to the dog park a couple of times, one out of the car he would winge untill i let him off the lead, when at the dog park he did pretty well, his hiar was up on the back of his neck for about the first 5 or 10 mins but then he was fine running around with other dogs, he did snap a few times at other dogs but only when he felt like he was cornerd, once i called him back everything was fine, he also let other people pat him.
just seeing his reaction sometimes like today i was out the ponds with my family playing with a ball with my dog there were too other dogs a german shepherd and a little terrier thing, when i walked past the other german shepherd he started barking and set my dog off, hair up and all, i pulled him away and throw is ball and it was like the other german shepherd was never there,
but its reasons like this i have stopped taking him to the dog park just incase, id love to be able to take him there a few times a week to run with other dogs. he use to live with another shepherd with the pervious owner no problems, he also has had a run with my mothers dog once no problems.
so pretty much just after some tips, to help him with other dogs and to relax. maybe help myself relax and not worry so much, just with a dog the size of him if some thing goes wrong it could be really bad and dont want that happening.