Dog Behavior

Dog BehaviorSo you've got an adult dog with behavior problems. The dog's behavior or your behavior?

The reason I am asking is: Our dog's present behavior is a reflection of the behavior of its Pack members. That's primarily the dog owner (you and me) and often family members (spouse, children, cat or other dog). Sure, the dog's upbringing and earlier treatment plays a significant role, yet to change the dog's present behavior we must change our own behavior. This is the only way we can lessen the impact that the dog's upbringing and earlier treatment has on the dog's present behavior. This is even true for a traumatized dog, whether traumatized from a shelter experience or from a prior owner.

We cannot change our dog's heredity and upbringing anyway. We cannot undo missed socialization. We cannot undo a trauma. But what we can do is: We can change our own behavior in a way that changes our dog's behavior the way we desire! Thus that we no longer see it as a behavior problem.

Most dog owners seem to address this by becoming stricter in their Obedience Training, because they think that's all that can be done. After months (or years) of trying to change the adult dog's behavior this way, they get frustrated, or they give up, or they even abandon the dog.

They should have known better from the start though: We cannot introduce or broaden or strengthen Obedience Training for an adult dog and hope that the dog will be responsive to that. The adult dog won't. Like you, the adult human being, won't be responsive if your partner or children tried to get you "more obedient". Same with dogs, adult is adult.

Instead, the real solution is to focus on Behavior Training and Dog Socialization.



Start anew?


PLEASE NOTE: Posting a fragment of your overall dog problem in the comments below is not going to help. Provide complete details if you really seek the right solution. Of course we have a page for that as well: Dog Problem Consultation.


Miguel at 28w Can you give back a bit today?




Jonathan: "Thank you for your period advice. It is excellent! My GSD puppy is now 8 months and we read your advice regularly."
Dwayne: "I love this site and the info you post onto it. Thanks again!!!!"
Penny: "Thanks for making your great articles available to all of us. it's nice to know that a recommended product is actually available in my country."

Stay with us and your dog will stay with you, both of you healthy and well-behaved.
If you are ever unhappy with anything we write, do or don't do, we want to be the first to know, thanks.

Disclaimer: Always apply your own common sense when you follow anyone's suggestions. As much as your dog is special (s)he may react different too.

© MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG - All content is protected. You must not copy or spin or otherwise change our content to republish it in your name, another one's name or without a name. If you wish to make use of our Intellectual Property Rights contact MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG. Thank you.

There's nothing quite like a healthy and well-behaved German Shepherd who freely guards every corner of your home, who brings you peace, who brings you joy!
Welcome to MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG - we help you that YOUR DOG does not end up in a(nother) shelter!