My family has two German shepherds, brother and sister roughly 5 years old. I mostly try to take care of the female but nothing I do seems to help.
When I take her for a walk we’ll make it 300 feet before she stops for absolutely no good reason and pulls on the leash towards the house or just sits down and won’t move forward (regarding the direction of the walk). I believe my family got the puppies from the breeder so I’m not sure about abuse, genetics, or lack of socialization as I wasn’t around when they were pups. My family never takes the dogs anywhere and they are always stuck inside the house except our small backyard or when I try to take the girl for a walk. The boy is scared of 25% of the house and has an extremely limited room to play. His owner has never taken him on a walk and rarely lets him out to exercise.
I bring treats, make her sit, when she won’t move forward I try and create a trail of treats for her to follow but all to no avail. It’s actually quite embarrassing in public when a large dog won’t move forward and tries to force you back to the house.
Most recently little children got out of school and I did not know as I usually walk her earlier. I didn’t see one approach from behind and try to touch her but she did and escaped from her tight harness. I’m surprised she didn’t rip the girl’s arm off instead because she barks incessantly at any human that exists, but when they get too close she becomes extremely frightened of them. Every time one of our own family members enter the house the dogs go wild and bark incessantly. A few times family members have been bitten lightly before the dogs realized who it was.
Is she (and he) a lost cause? I’ve asked my family dozens of times to get some help/training but no one listens to me and it makes me so upset sometimes I wish they were at our local kennel living in slightly worse conditions but with people who actually care about them.
Is she doomed to this fearful and house-ridden fate until death?
Thank you for reading.