Today my new dog will be going back to the breeder.
For those of you familiar with the aggression he was showing towards every stranger - it has unfortunately escalated to a degree that is totally unacceptable.
We spent the weekend organising people to come over for a 'visit' and we kept in contact with the breeder via phone also getting her advice all the way through our attempts to introduce him to others.
It did not matter how we all dealt with the situation, it progressed to a worse degree!
Yesterday, once he had fully calmed down (which took a hell of a long time!) he came out of his crate and on both occasions (with two different visiotors consecutively) he accepted treats from the strangers and appeared to be 100% okay with them. However, the moment the visitors made any attempt to get up and walk out of our yard, he actually lunged and yes, bit. No warning whatsoever, just 'bang.' On both occasions his behaviour was identical.
Now, both these people are very 'dog savvy' (which is why I chose them) , and neither of them showed fear or emotion and IMO handled the situation exceedingly well.
I have spoken to the breeder who swears he has never shown any behaviour like this in his life, yet there are a lot of things that just aren't adding up as far as we are concerned. The breeder agreed that he must be removed immediately, and I'm under the impression that he will not be re-homed again. Breeder has no explanation for this other than to think "he has lost some brain cells along the way." Hmmm.
I feel disappointed, upset, and rather devastated, as during the 41 years of my life I have owned GSD's for 31 of those years - and have NEVER seen behaviour such as this in any way or form.
So, there we go. It is a bad day, and he is being returned. I am now concerned for my children as I no longer feel I can trust this dog.
The breeder has so far been good in assisting to help organise his removal, and has stated that I certainly didn't receive the wonderful, socialised family pet that I paid for.
She has offered a puppy to replace him, but at the moment I think I need to get over the shock we are all feeling.