Aggressive 2 Year old male German Shepherd

by Chantelle
(Queensland )

I have had my German Shepherd since 8 weeks, always socialised him. Taking him regularly to dog parks/ dog beaches. He was fine up until a few months after he turned one. He is aggressive towards other dogs he does not know otherwise he is gentle with all the dogs he sees regularly. He has just started also getting aggressive towards people he does not know and jumps up a lot, one time growling at someone we did not know. He has never been aggressive towards me I can walk right up to him stick my hand in his mouth while he's chewing a bone with no problems what so ever, although he does jump on me when I get home from work. When he is aggressive towards another dog which has happened a few times now he will get right up in there face growl and bark look like he's attacking but doesn't actually bite the other dog. Although he is very big and scares the owner/dog he's acting very aggressive towards. This can be anywhere around the house going for walks and is getting quite scary for me as I don't want him to actually hurt another dog or person and I don't want him to be put down. I'm not sure if he feels he needs to be aggressive as I might not be showing enough dominance over him? Please help what can I do to stop the aggressiveness?

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Dec 03, 2014
Choosing to ignore you
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Chantelle:

You'll need to start by asking yourself two questions:

1. Does the dog understand that the dog aggression is unwanted behavior?


2. If he understands that he shouldn't be aggressive, then he's choosing to ignore me. In which case, you have a respect issue.
Get a prong collar and a six foot leather leash and learn how to correct your dog in a safe and humane manner. I can guarantee that you'll see an almost immediate, dramatic improvement. Check out to learn more.

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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