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What is it with the GSDs in my neighbourhood?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by ad_1980, Jul 8, 2009.


  1. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    Ok now i know GSD's can be lovely dogs, i had a couple when i was younger.

    So why oh why are there horrible GSDs where i live?

    Seriously i'm not kidding. I know one person who has 2 and i know 100% they aren't great so i keep away from them when i take the boys out. But when i see two other GSD's in the park for some reason, they go off on one with Dante! Why?! From what i can see Dante is doing nothing but say hello and yet he gets attacked.

    I am thankful that the owners who have these dogs stop them before some one or some dog gets hurt in time but if these dogs are prone to attack other dogs, then why cant these owners be much more responsible and muzzle them?

    Its made me wonder whether GSDs are friendly dogs or not. Or its their owners fault for not training them to be friendly.
     
  2. Natik

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    Its their owners not socializing their dogs properly, and this can be said about any breed behaving this way ....
     
  3. Nicky09

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    Because they can be very protective people exploit this. Gsds generally have wonderful temperments. Its the owners fault for not training and socialising them properly basically.
     
  4. Gsd_mad

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    It isn't just GSD's that behave this way, there are many out there, but I feel the bigger & smaller dogs, that may come under the dangerous dogs act, get more of a bad name than others.
    Its all about the dog/s not being socialized from a young age, thats what training classes etc are all about, so I have to say, yes its the owners fault not the dogs, and this goes for any breed. If people can't be bothered to socialize there dogs, then they are causing danger to others.
    GSD's are known to be protective, and a very loyal dog, and they unfortunately don't know any better, if they've not been taught.
     
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    like it has been said any dog (breed or crossbreed) can be like this if not socilized
    from jo x
     
  6. Gsd_mad

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    I do also think muzzling any type of dog is wrong. If these dogs have issue's with others, then the owners should either get these dogs to training classes, where this can be worked on, or, take them out, when they know other dogs aren't going to be around.
     
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    It's the owners, their GSDs should be socialised properly. Sky has been socialised from the day I got her and she is too sweet for her own good.

    We have a sign in the window saying "beware of the GSD" beware of my smaller dog - a collie cross more like :rolleyes:

    It angers me that people can't be bothered to train their dogs well enough, it makes my GSD look like a thug :mad:
     
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    Without getting my head blown off, its not always the owners fault , when been bitten serously three times with off lead dogs that owners dont care about and wont recall in public places how much will a dog take even though mine is always on lead, he now does not like other dogs at all . but hes under control had one to one training to try and sort out his dislike for other dogs i dont muzzle him , i just control and take him where i know there wont be other off lead dogs much as he barks at them hes never bitten one yet they have bitten him.
     
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    Completely agree with this. Our boy is fantastic with other dogs, I admit he looks intimidating, as his fur on his back goes up, but this isn't because he's agressive in anyway, he's just curious and unsure (due to another little dog yapping at him, lol!)
    Gsd's often get a bad name, and it should be the owners who are under the dangerous owners act, not the dogs!!
     
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    There you go, you answered your own theory there! You said its not always the owners fault, but if that owner was aware there dog would attack, then they would keep it on the lead, to me that 'is' irresponsible ownership. The dog learns from the 'pack' leader, and thats normally the owner.
     
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    That's a GSD defending itself, the OP is talking about GSDs being aggressive in general

    My mum has got a jack russell who always has her back up when I take Sky down, Sky just sits there staring at her...then rolls over!!
    I quite agree with you! Blame the deed not the breed!
     
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    Itd not the breed. They are a lovely dog. But they are a high level breed, and are maybe a little more prone to attack than some dogs, however like said before this could be said about any breed that hasn't been socialised properly...
    Also how does Dante say hello, is he excitable and licking their lips all the time? Or jumping up at them? Does he approach stiffly? Does he have his tail,ears and head up? These are bad ways to greet another dog. The other dogs could become annoyed and just tell him off, or they do not like his way of greeting with eye contact etc.
     
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    Sky tends to greet other dogs by wagging her tail. Her ears are up (obviously) but she only starts to jump about when she's been accepted :p
     
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    Lol, aww...little JR, just making sure Sky knows who's boss, lol!!
     
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    She's a spoilt jack russell and is the boss of my mum's gsd/doberman lol!
     
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    Lol, she knows how to work them then, bless her :D
     
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    Lol awhh bless her furry socks :p
    I meat as in a dominant way :D
     
  18. Tigerneko

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    it depends on the situation, are you letting Dante go up to the GSD's off lead without making sure of them first, and are they on leads? And also, like Patterdale_Lover said, you need to look at his body language - look how he is greeting them. He's only young so may not have mastered the right way of greeting other dogs yet! My 3 year old Patterdale doesn't greet dogs properly, I had it down as aggression at first but he just gets over-excited and winds himself up, he's not calm at all, but he's certainly not aggressive :)
     
  19. ad_1980

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    See there is the problem - Dante's recall is terrible! Seriously. But its not like he goes up to these dogs excitedly. He goes to them but in a calm manner. So why oh why do these stupid dogs think 'you're in my face, get lost before i bite you on the bottom!'

    I blame dante for being a disobedient twit but at the same time i do wish these GSD owners could teach their dogs a thing about manners and proper socialisation. I know GSDs can be nice dogs, like i said i had 2, but the few that have been really nasty, make me wonder if it was just my GSDs that were perfect and GSD's in general can be horrid!

    I know from what you all are saying they've not been socialised nor trained properly.
     
  20. ad_1980

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    Also he's not that young! 8/9 years old now lol!
     
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