Our newly adopted 3 year old Shepherd is nervous and timid and just won't listen. What do we do?

Asked by Member 1144459 on Dec 9th 2012 in Other Behavior & Training
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OK. There are so many different reasons that this could be. I really advise you to post this on the regular forums, in Behavior & Training. There is so much we need to now.
How long have you had her? Do you know any history? Dog altered, or intact? What kind of training have you done? What style? How much exercise?
GSDs can be nervous & timid if they have not been raised properly, or come from poor breeding.
If you just got her, she may be checking you out. They need to trust you before they respect you. Once they decide you're worthy, they are truly loyal.
Use calm voice tones, low voice. Let dog approach you, don't force interaction. Drop treats as you walk by. Give her a crate & toss treats in so she has a safe, positive place to retreat to. Keep training to a minimum. Build the bond. Use positive methods, no aversives or yelling. Capture & reward good behavior. You see the dog sit..mark & reward.
Please open a free account & post in forums. Running out of room & much more to say

Member 904338 answered on 12/9/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


My girl here was also a rescue. It took some time for her to get used to us and the rules of the house. You have to remember. Thid is all new for your dog. Just treat her with extra kindness and let the dog know that this the place they belong. It may take a month or so. But I am sure the dog will come around to you

Tiara answered on 12/10/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I think you should address to a professional trainer . Look through reviews ( and I bet you will find a lot of useful information. Browse web to find the tips you need.

Member 1144893 answered on 12/12/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Do not give up on your pup and give him/her away to a shelter before trying to help it by training your dog. You can brush up on training your dog by purchusing a dog training book from a pet store or book store or read other owner's expeiriences and tips on dog training fourms and sites. If you don't feel you are prepared to train a dog on your own, learn about local training classes taught by professional trainers. Do lots of research before picking a place for your dog to be trained and call to see if they have a spot open for your dog and ask about their prices if you are intrested in the training buisness you are learning about. Hope this helps!

Buddy answered on 12/13/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer