4 months, 3 weeks 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?
4 months, 1 week 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?
3 months, 3 weeks ago Victoria ParubiParticipant
Thanks for responding! Sorry i’m responding so late. I think my email notification went to my spam folder. Thank God i haven’t had any issues with her being aggressive to the point of biting someone. i honestly don’t think she would but then again she is a dog so you never know. It’s so weird with her because its hit or miss with men how she would react. Most put their hand out for her to smell and she would, then she would let them pet her and then she would back up and start barking. They would ignore her at that point. i’ve had male relatives come to the house where she would have the same initial reaction, but now shes used to them so all she wants to do is jump on them now.
3 months ago Sharon Blakeney-McDonaldParticipant
- Hi Victoria, I would have liked to have got back to you sooner… phone line been out for the last two weeks and I’m depending on my mobile phone to access the internet. My knowledge on owning GSD’s myself is its not unusual for the breed to be wary of strangers. One of my GSD was like Kimber where he needed time to warm up to outsiders… once he knew they were not a threat he too was ok with them and happy to greet them. I still use to take precaution with him by sending him to a place first with those he was uncertain about til I was sure he would be ok with them. Teaching him a “leave it” command I found to be very helpful too. Though with Kimber it seem it’s mainly men she is mostly concerned with. In my situation I found it better to use precaution measures just in case he did bite.
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