Is my German Shepherd protective or too aggressive?
by Sharada Beck
Our 17 week old GSD is extremely protective of our family. Whenever anyone approaches us she growls.
We have placed her in puppy kindergarten and we take her out with us as often as possible to help socialize
her. Is this normal behavior for a GSD? Total German Shepherd
: This can be an issue with any dog - not just GSDs - but I'm glad to hear that you've got your German Shepherd puppy
in a puppy class and that you're socializing her. Keep that up.Obedience training
is the best way to handle these issues. Also I would suggest that you discuss this with your trainer and see what kinds of additional training he/she might suggest you do with your German Shepherd puppy to make it feel more comfortable and relaxed - and you too, because oftentimes your emotions can be transferred right down the leash to your dog.
And by that I mean if you're nervous or anxious when meeting new people with your German Shepherd puppy
or dog (maybe because that you're worried about how the puppy is going to react, or over-react) that the dog can pick up on your signals and become more agitated, more nervous, or maybe more fussy because your German Shepherd senses that you have changed emotionally which can cause your dog to do the same.
But definitely discuss your issues and concerns with your trainer, continue to socialize the German Shepherd puppy
all the time, follow through with all the training you can handle and more and you'll be rewarded with a happier relationship with your GSD. And a better behaved GSD too. Good luck!