Dog aggression can be attributed to lots of things. It could be a stem of an incident that occurred when the dog was a puppy and didn't recover, like abuse by an owner. It could also possibly be the result of a uncooperative dog enduring difficulties learning who is the alpha dog--which occurs from poor owner direction.

No matter what the cause for the unpredictable patterns in your German Shepherd, it cannot be disregarded or ignored. Endorsement of bad behavior is akin to reinforcing it, which can lead to frightening, if not dangerous, results.

The Importance of Initial Socialization and Dog Training

Aggressive behavior in Germand Shepherds can begin as early as six weeks of age, a critical period when most puppies are first exposed to people and other dogs. This phase of puppyhood is when most owners begin instructing their dogs on proper behavior, such as teaching them not to nipp, gnaw at, or bark at other pets or other people.

This first training period of a dog's growth carries on up to 12 weeks and beyond. Consequently, there are some guidelines a dog owner should stick to when socializing with a puppy.

* Don't eliminate a puppy from its litter until it has reached 8 weeks of age
* Avoid from using tough discipline with a young dog, particularly between 8 and 10 weeks of age
* Care for the puppy gently; shouting, smacking, paddling, or any other type of violent or unpleasant punishment can be the precise catalyst that initiates aggressive habits in a dog
* Showing the puppy attention and love will create a attachment that will endear it to its owner, not alienate it into aggression and self-defense

The Signals of German Shepherd Aggression

There are numerous variables known to trigger aggressive German Shepherd patterns. Some varieties have a higher tendency toward hostility than others do. Frequently, genetics and hereditary are contributors, but that only applies some of the time. German Shepherds are usually looked at as a breed with heredity and genetics toward intense behavior.

Bearing those things in mind, the primary factors that can instill or aggravate aggression in a dog are undesirable treatment and a bad environment, such as:

* inferior and unhealthy living circumstances
* lack of socialization, with other dogs and people
* fearfulness of other animals, other dogs, even people
* a harsh and violent owner

A German Shepherd experiencing any or all of these ailments is often more likely to be dangerous and aggressive as it matures.

German Shepherd Aggressive Behavior - Act quickly before it becomes a problem

Begin teaching your puppy dog at a young age to respond to your instructions, whether spoken, hand signals, etc. An occasional treat is perfectly appropriate, but the pup needs to be trained to respond to your direction with or without a treat.

Walk and train the puppy routinely, retain a regular eating schedule, and identify who the alpha of the home is. If you don't set law and rules, the aggressive behavior will only escalate toward others because the dog interprets them as obstacles to its desired behavior.

A German Shepherd with aggression problems could attack out in its own defense at a person. In defense of the dog, it may not be its fault. It may not have been socialized correctly and is not used to human interaction.