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Old 02-18-2019, 07:25 PM
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Tail wagging does not mean she is happy or likes being threatened!

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I also forgot to mention this before but I seriously doubt my current dog can be disciplined. She would do something very naughty and we would be holding shoes or something and threatening her and she would wag her tail. She liked it. I dont know how she can possibly be trained if she likes being threatened.
When a dog wags his/her tail, it does NOT necessarily mean the dog is happy! Big mistake!!! Common mistake!!

A wagging tail can be a stress/calming signal.


Dogs wag their tails for many reasons. Some wags mean happy feelings....but not all!

Wagging tail can mean: fear, insecurity, a social challenge or even a warning that if you approach, you are apt to be bitten.

Read more here:
What a Wagging Dog Tail Really Means: New Scientific Data
Specific tail wags provide information about the emotional state of dogs.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b...cientific-data

And.......................Super IMPORTANT to learn:

Calming signals are a set of body language skills which dogs use to maintain healthy relationships and resolve conflict without having to resort to aggressive behaviors. These signals often occur early in interactions, as soon as a dog becomes aware that a situation may need “calming down.” This facet of canine communication is designed to help dogs calm themselves and others in the face of stress.

Essentially, calming signals are meant for the dog to display their stress in the hopes that the individual it is communicating with will understand and alter their behavior.

Canine Calming Signals and Stress
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When assessing if a dog is exhibiting calming signals or not, it is important to always look at the context of the situation surrounding the behavior.

1.Head turning/Averting gaze

2.Blinking/Softening gaze

3.Turning away

4.Play bow

5.Curving

6.Slow movements

7.Yawning

8.Sniffing

9.Splitting

10.Nose licking (licking their lips-- with no food nearly)

11.Sitting/Laying down

12.Tail wagging

13.Marking

14.Freezing

Read more here:

Canine Calming Signals and Stress
https://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog...nd-stress.html

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Old 02-22-2019, 11:37 AM
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No dogs are stupid and least of all German Shepherds. This is a dangerous game, as you know.
All dogs need training. It’s not fair to them to have no challenges in life. Your dog either runs away because it’s fun and they’re bored, they’re afraid or you’ve been calling the dogs and not rewarding them for coming. Make sure that coming to you is the most exciting thing in the world to your dog (start with short distances). Excited verbal praise, treats, toys and/or petting. Never call a dog to “Come” for unpleasant things (like a bath, If they have water. Because next time they won’t want to come to you).
Shepherds are a working breed and it’s vital for their physical and mental health to be challenged on a daily basis. Long walks, puzzle toys, sit, down, stay, playing hide and seek, etc...
Best of luck to you.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:40 AM
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PS: training a dog doesn’t mean for showing or serious uptight things. It means you both understand each other and you provide her with needed physical and mental interactions.
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Because mating urges mostly affect un-neutered dogs, the best way to stop those urges and prevent running away is to have your dog neutered. If that's not an option, you may need to engage in extensive training or invest in a strong leash to effectively battle his instincts.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:33 AM
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I have always had un-neutered male dogs and none of them have ever "run away". Whether this dogs gets neutered or not, this habit will continue unless the dog gets some training. Neutering is not going to change him, training will.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:03 PM
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URGENT UPDATE PLEASE HELP!
when we leave the house, the dog has been tearing down the blankets on the windows. my dad was fed up, so he bought a door nob to lock her out. today the gardener came, and she ripped out the carpet and threw Chinese food everywhere. my dad is threatening to give her away or kill her, and I think he really means it, even though sometimes he just has to blow off some steam what should i do?!?!
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I think I have it figured out with the carpet, and she is already spayed.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:26 AM
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Get a trainer to help you asap
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It sounds like separation anxiety which my dog has. Medication is the quickest way to help dogs with severe separation anxiety which is genetic sometimes. They go into a complete panic every time their people leave and are afraid that they're being abandoned and will never see their owners again who they really love and are very attached too. It's very common in German shepherds and labs from breeding.
Medication helps calm them down so they can pay attention to training and learn training. If you're in the middle of a panic attack you can't learn. Some vets will prescribe medications and some will say to go to a behaviorist.
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Dylan, sorry to hear about your dad's frustration with your dog.

May I ask what have you been working on with her since you last started posting here? Tell us what you have tried with her? Have you guys made progress together?

Has she been staying in your yard lately? Hope so!!!

She sounds like she has separation anxiety. And probably not enough mental AND physical exercise or stimulation. German Shepherds are SO smart---really gotta keep their brains busy--- or they will find ways to entertain themselves---not good outcome usually, right??
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