How can I help my dog not be too protective of me?
My dog is a sweetheart. Great around our family and friends. But whenever I am alone with her, whether we're home, out for a walk, in the car or whatever, she freaks out whenever someone comes too close. My husband says she's just being protective of me because I am pregnant, especially because she is only like that when it is just she and I, but I worry that this aggressive behavior won't stop once the baby is born and I don't know what to do. We thought about taking her to classes, but I don't know where to start. I don't want to get rid of her or god-forbid, have something happen where I would have to put her down but she is difficult for me to keep under control when she gets like that. Any help?
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As a Shepherd mix, you do have a protective role bred into your genes, but you need to relax and trust your owner to protect you!
You are also young and energetic, which is a challenge for your pregnant human. I only have 1,000 characters, but here is my advice:
1. Exercise - lots of it - will reduce your anxiety and extra energy. Playing off-leash with other dogs at a park or beach is great!
2. If you can afford it, find a reputable trainer/behaviorist to work with you and your family on your issues. One-on-one is usually more helpful than group classes, but...
3. If you have a PetCo or PetSmart nearby, you can find group classes that should help with some of the basics.
When I first came home from the pound, I was a crazy-puppy, and my family got a trainer who came to our house. Here is a link to her website: www.k9techsupport.com
Also, read The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. She has good examples of how to help.
Katie answered on 3/17/09. Helpful? / 0
You have to socialize him around other dogs and people.
Getting enrolled in a class can help.
If you get involved with a trainer they can see what is wrong and why they are out of sorts.
I don't know if your dog is shepherd or not.
If you have no history you are guessing but any breed can display aggression.
I never single out a breed. Not all dogs are social around other things all the time. That's why we have to train them and be dedicated. I have never given up and I have had some tough ones. Not just a herding breed.
Most likely the dog is showing Fear. And fear stems from her not getting in different situations/people/dogs and much more.
Dieta answered on 3/17/09. Helpful? / 0