Why is my normally well behaved dog suddenly aggressive toward preteen and teenage boys?
September 9, 2010 8:41 AM Subscribe
Why is my normally well behaved dog suddenly aggressive toward preteen and teenage boys? I have a 2 1/2 year old male german shepherd who is very well trained and usually extremely happy and well behaved. He is from a breeder that has 30 years of experience breeding working german shepherds and his easy going temperment is one of the things we love about him. Until a week ago I would not have hesitated to let any toddler or child pet him or interact with him. Suddenly he has exhibited an extreme dislike for preteen and teenage boys.
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
He tried to nip a boy in our house on the weekend and also tried to nip the boy that cuts our lawn (he really looked like he wanted to play - both times he nipped their shirts around the midsection). Upsetting behavior and he was corrected immediately. We have attended many, many obedience classes with the breeder who is also an excellent trainer (he is also really well socialized).
Last night a group of teenage boys showed quite a bit of interest in him when we were out walking and asked if they could pet him. I said yes, told him to sit and invited one of them forward telling the boys not to put their hands over his hand and to pet him on his shoulder or under his chin. When the first boy came forward - the dog lunged at him, growling very deeply and tried to bite him. I'm sure he would have bitten him if I wasn't paying attention. Needless to say - no one is allowed to touch him now except for his family and we are consulting the veterinarian and the breeder.
I would appreciate any thoughts or insight from the group.