German Shepherd biting is a sensitive topic:
Herding dogs normally don't bite, but only perform the guiding nip to get members of the herd "back in order".
Today, that's all accepted Pack members, for example the family.
"Normally" don't bite, because the exception is: when a perceived predator approaches the herd. Or today: nears a Pack member.
Meaning: If your German Shepherd Dog actually bites someone you don't want to get bitten:
- your friend?
- your neighbor?
- your child?
...then something in the dog's upbringing went fundamentally WRONG.
And what went wrong has now resulted in a biting dog. A dog that EITHER:
- doesn't know who should be considered "friendly" - which shows mistakes made with dog socialization!
- or is so stressed that the pent-up stress has led to latent dog aggression - quite possibly fear aggression
- or is a traumatized dog.
As you saw above, this becomes more likely if your dog missed out on comprehensive socialization: the German Shepherd has been bred to be highly reactive to unknown stimuli!
What you haven't socialized with, is unknown to the dog.
For the difference between
- dog biting and dog nipping
- the difference between controlled biting and uncontrolled biting
- causes of dog biting
- and what to do if your dog bites
see Dog Biting: Because all of that is the same regardless which dog you have.
Conversely, dog biting problems are not the same: Because a biting German Shepherd is way more dangerous than say a biting French Bulldog. Right?
- If you arrived here because you have a biting dog, then you may already know enough about the dog biting problems. In that case head straight to Stop Dog Biting.
- If you are facing a puppy biting problem then make sure that you fully understand every single sentence of Puppy Biting Problem before you even look at Stop Puppy Biting.
Phew, what a dictum! You'll have to read that again to fully comprehend: German Shepherd puppies nip more than other dogs bite.
- While a puppy, the GSD typically nips a lot more than most other puppies - unless you immediately curb that like I did in My New Puppy Diary.
- But once an adult dog, other dogs are a LOT more prone to dog biting than the German Shepherd Dog.
Then we have to wonder: Why is this?
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