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German shepards

Updated on January 28, 2020
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Maddi is the momma of a very protective and loving German Shepard and a spunky French Bulldog Dash hound mix

Is your German Shepard so protective over you he becomes aggressive?

Well me too. In this article I’ll explain why they exercise this behaviour.

German Shepard’s have protective instincts

They were bread as guard dogs, so this need to protect comes naturally to them

Signs of a protective German Shepard

  • loving
  • alert behaviour when others are around you
  • especially affectionate to few people
  • tendency to put themselves between you and what they feel is dangerous

There is a difference between protective and aggressive

A protective dog has their eyes on keeping you safe. An aggressive dog wants to put whatever they feel is a threat in danger

Signs of an aggressive German Shepard

  • Shows teeth
  • Barks and growls
  • Nips at others
  • Bites or attempts to bite
  • Wont let others get close to you

Some dogs become more aggressive then others, and one of the main reasons German Shepard’s become aggressive towards others is because they are under socialized. German Shepard’s are large dogs, and they possess a lot of energy and need a lot of attention and care. Because these dogs are so protective, if they are not socialized regularly they will become aggressive to others who they feel is a threat towards you. This could be anyone who comes close to you.

How to fix this behaviour

  • Bringing your dog around others (if your dog is already aggressive, be careful when bringing them out in public places, start small)
  • Socialize them with other dogs
  • Ensure they are getting the exercise they need (this ensures they do not have built up energy that could turn into aggression)
  • Keep your dog in a stress free environment (if your dog feels stressed they are more likely to act aggressively)

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    • Bushra Iqbal profile image

      Aishatu Ali 

      2 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thank you for this informative post! I've fallen in love with German shepherds since watching 'Hudson & Rex' and hope to get one for myself soon.

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