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Old 05-14-2010, 02:55 AM
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your situation sounds like it may warrant a pro... if you are afraid of your dog, and he is just a puppy, IMO it is critical that you get some help with this ASAP... he is only going to grow larger and more intimidating...
you might want to check out this thread:
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...-posting-2868/
there is a link in there that will help you find a behaviorist... i think it is really awesome that you want to help your dog to overcome this behavior...

that said, i would remove any of the objects that he has been "guarding" and only give them to him when he is confined in a "safe" place, like a room/crate... continue working on the trading games, always offering him something of a higher value then what he is giving up, and you might want to do some research into NILF... Nothing In Life is Free... Jean Donaldson has a book about resource guarding that i've never read, but i have read other books by her and they are really good, so you may also want to look that up, it is called "Mine"...



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Old 05-14-2010, 03:14 AM
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Ditto everyone else and the above! I think working with a behaviorist/trainer will help you understand your dog better and without fear!

With GSDs you have to be firm, fair and confident and when you say something (a command) always mean it! They are very smart and will try to do things on their own.

The "drop it"-command is very helpful!
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:07 PM
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I'd ditto the others. It's up to you if you work on drop it/trade or find a pro to help you, depends on how you feel. But your right that this is a growing dog and you need to do things correctly so it would likely be a GOOD thing to get a trainer and start him in puppy classes. Also good is continuing socialization-take him place and get him meeting people and other dogs.

I want to warn-with any aggression-it's very imporant that the trainer does not use 'dominance theory' so steer clear of any trainer who suggests rolling the dog over, growling at him and other wise scaring him into 'submitting' to you. That's not a good thing to do with ANY dog but it's a particularly dangerous thing to do with a dog who is displaying aggression. More info on that here:
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...nce-dogs-4076/

And you might want to look here for a trainer
Directory of Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists — Animal Behavior Society: Applied Animal Behavior
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I just wanted to add something because I didn't see anyone else mention it. You said in your original post that when he bit you, you grabbed him and placed him in his crate, I presume as a punishment. If you are crate training your dog, it's important to never use the crate as punishment. They should see it as a happy, safe place, not a place they go when they're in trouble.

I'm no expert, nor do I claim to be, but I've crate trained 2 of my own dogs and this was one piece of advice I read over and over again.
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