1 month ago Victoria ParubiParticipant
So my GSD Kimber is almost 2 years old…we think…she was abandoned and we started to count her as 5 months when her teeth started to fall out. Shes very playful with other dogs and most people..except for most men. She seems to be on high alert with men. I don’t really know why. She would smell them and sometimes let them pet her then she’ll start barking up a storm (not a playful bark)or sometimes does that right after she smells you. I’ve noticed she’ll stare at men in the face, no wagging her tail and almost stiffens up or tenses up when a man wants to talk to her. She doesn’t try to bite or lunge forward (thank God) but she’ll def let them know that she doesn’t like them. Shes fine with females. Would this be under fear aggression? social aggression? or just male aggression?
3 weeks ago Sharon Blakeney-McDonaldParticipant
Hi Victoria… What a lucky girl Kimber was to have you take her in after she was abandoned.
IMHO though from the description of how she is reacting towards men “barking, staring directly at their faces, stiffen, etc” is signs to me of showing an aggressive response. A more placid dog – example like a golden retriever would more likely avoid or run away from what was making him nervous or frighten. My concern is if Kimber response to stress is reacting in a aggressive way that you may need to be carefully she doesn’t end up biting them.
I would think its more fear aggression based. Could be more safer, if its only men that Kimber is apprehensive with that they completely ignore her instead of trying to interact with her… at least til she becomes more confident that their not a threat to her. Sometimes I find its better to let the dog approach when they are comfortable enough and ready to do so instead.
Do you think these a chance she may possible bite them?
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