01-22-2018, 12:53 PM
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Noooooooo. Theres not much you can do to make him more aggressive. At least not anything that wont blow up in your face. What you are looking for is genetic. Either its there or its not. You would not be looking for aggression in this case anyway. What you would want is suspicion in the dog. Healthy suspicion that can be directed and used in a german shepherd is genetic. They are born with it or not. That being said, he is young. Some shepherds can be very friendly at that age and with age and maturity may grow out of it and become more suspicious. Or not. No way to tell until it happens. Technically the breed standard calls for this trait to be present - aloofness- but its not there in every gsd. What you can absolutely do is train him to ignore other people unless allowed to greet them. A dog that just quietly stands there and intently watches you ( an air of controlled power ) is more threatening to most people than a dog that barks its head off anyway. If it were me I might would think about teaching him to down and watch when people walk by. Someone stops in front of your yard, tries to make friends with the doggy in the yard. Dog does not approach, bark, anything. Just lays down and watches the person. Most people will think the dog doesnt want to be friends, he must not be friendly, I'll just move along.
I'll say this. If the dog doesnt have the inborn temperament to guard and you try to make him aggressive, even if he shows aggression it likely wont be for the right reasons, and whatever has been done to make him that way will screw up the dog in other ways.
Work on your bond with the dog. Love him, treat him well, be fair with him and set a good example for him. Be the kind of person he will love to death and want to protect. You may be surprised once he matures. There is this - he's not afraid of strangers. He may not be aloof, but he doesnt sound afraid. This is a very very good thing.