Aggressive/Protective German Shepherd

by Lori
(Toronto Canada )



We have a 3 year old altered male German Shepherd. From the get go he tended to be on the very nervous side. We have had him in two training programs one in home and one outside of the house. Outside of the house trainer was very nervous of Titan's behavior and provided advise from a distance - not helpful at all. In house was better and after one session Titan was comfortable with the trainer, but still slightly nervous. Outside the home was a different story - he barks at passerby's our walks - hackles up ears back. Strangers he is very aggressive at - adults and children who come near us or him he reacts instantly. We keep Titan away from these situations at all times, but that is not fixing the problem, it is only protecting him and others from this behavior so he doesn't have the opportunity to perhaps harm anyone.

Titan truly is the most loving dog with our family, and friends and family pets who he knows. Visitors to our house not so good at all. I want to correct this behavior before something happens.

I keep reading and reading and I am not making a difference. Where do I start ????

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Mar 01, 2014
Stop Protective Aggression
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Lori:

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.

And finally: 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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Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at

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