German Shepherd Behavioural Problems 1
Thinking of re-homing your German Shepherd dog?
Re-homing a dog should be a last resort. It is much better if a dog can remain in its familiar home with people who love him/her. We are asked to re-home many dogs simply because of behavioural issues that are driving owners to distraction! Many of the volunteers who work with GSD Rescue UK are highly experienced in dealing with all manner of dog problems, and have a deep insight into working with the unique character of the breed. If you are finding it difficult to cope with your GSD, we can put you in touch with someone who may be able to help. For more details, please call one of the numbers below:
- Provide regular exercise, - GSDs are large and intelligent dogs, they need a great deal of regular exercise and mental stimulation. Many behavioural problems are down to the dogs getting bored through lack of exercise and stimulation.
- A dog is a pack animal and needs to be ‘socialised’. Take the dog to as many places as possible to meet other dogs and people, but do this gradually, and try to mix with dogs and people that are relaxed to start off with, - dog walking clubs are ideal.
- A dog needs boundaries. A dog will respect and love you if you set boundaries and let them know what is required of them.
- Be firm and consistent, but never try to bully a dog into submission.
- Never reward poor behaviour with food or praise
- Be calm and relaxed, - if you are worried, the dog will pick up on this and be worried too.
- Remember you are the dog’s pack leader, it is your job to protect the dog, not the dog’s job to protect you.
- Think ahead and do not put your dog in vulnerable situations.
- We believe that GSDs are fantastic dogs that will return your hard work and effort a hundred times over.
German Shepherds often go through phases, particularly when maturing, when their behaviour is less than acceptable - rather like kids when they are growing up. Advice from people experienced with the breed with a few simple changes can make huge differences in the way that your dog behaves.
If you are really struggling to cope, we can recommend a trained behaviourist who can help you on a one to one basis to overcome problems with you badly behaved dog.
If you really do need to rehome your dog, please fill out a DOG ASSESSMENT FORM
Please fill out assessment form before telephoning the rescue
Rescue number: 01568 797957
Please help us by making a donation so that we can help re home more unwanted German Shepherd Dogs. Donations can be sent to Jayne Shenstone, German Shepherd Rescue, Little Vauld, Marden Hereford HR1 3HA. We also accept Paypal payments - just click on the Paypal button below. Thank you.