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Information About German Shepherd Problem Behaviors

Sep 9, 2008
You can pretty much count on every breed of dog to have its own types of behavioral issues that need to be addressed. Luckily for you the German Shepherd is an extremely intelligent breed of dog that would much prefer making its human family happy than almost anything else in the world. Many German Shepherd problem behaviors can be avoided by simply spending time with your German Shepherd and helping it to learn new behaviors to override its instincts.

One instinct that can become a problem later in life is the herding instinct that German Shepherds are born with. They can become protective of their human family with this instinct but it can also make them increasingly aggressive and difficult to control. To offset this you need to socialize your German Shepherd as soon as possible. Get it used to other animals and other people so that when it grows it does not feel threatened by the presence of other animals or other people even near its family.

It is very important to understand that a German Shepherd requires a lot of attention and a lot of exercise in order to be healthy and happy. Many German Shepherd problem behaviors can develop by either neglecting the dog or just not showing it enough attention. A bored German Shepherd will probably start hunting and that means chasing cars, chasing other neighborhood animals, and worst of all chasing people. Not many people can out run a German Shepherd so avoid this behavior and show your Shepherd a lot of attention.

A German Shepherd, by nature, is a working dog and if it does not have some sort of assigned task then it starts to get antsy. Always make your German Shepherd feel like it has important work to do even if that important work is just being the family dog. Left to its own devices it will resort to herding activities and that can escalate quickly to more aggressive behavior so be sure to keep your dog busy.

I have always been shocked at the people that get so trusting of their German Shepherd that they let the dog watch the kids for just a minute or two. Never leave your children alone with your dog because one of the German Shepherd problem behaviors is the herding instinct.

So until you have your Shepherd completely trained to accept the actions of other people avoid having it around the kids too much right away and never leave the German Shepherd alone with small children.

All a German Shepherd wants to do is be part of your family and if you treat it like a part of the family then you can avoid a lot of the German Shepherd problem behaviors that can occur with this breed.

You need to spend a lot of time with your German Shepherd and you need to teach it how to interact with other people and animals if you want to avoid major German Shepherd problem behaviors down the road.
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About the author: Jan Ryan is a passionate lover of the German Shepherd and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved German Shepherd. Among other topics there, you will find out more about German Shepherd Problem Behaviors plus a whole lot more.
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