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Why is my dog too much shy or submissive with other dogs?

My german sherperd dog is already 10 months old. She is still very shy with other dogs. Even a very small size dog can chase her. If other dogs approach her aggresively, she submited immediately. I would like her to play with other dogs happily with confidence. Most dogs she met in off-leash park were very nice(not as aggressive as she thought). Please give me some tips on how to train her to be confident like a gsd should be.

hmm, try to get her a play mate about her size. or get a friends dog. it is ok for your dog to be shy, just not with every dog. the best option is either you go out and play with her yourself, or get another dog her age.

Take her for obedience classes, that will help her to get socialized with other dogs and people.

She may just have a submissive nature and not be alpha, but you can shore up her self esteem by the right training.

Obedience classes will help it will empower both you and her and give her confidence not only in herself – but in you as her owner.

I want to tell you – please enjoy this.

As the owner of a dog that is now very defensive around other dogs, this is something that need not be changed.

As she gets older, and with support from you, her confidence will naturally increase.

But enjoy the fact that you don’t have a frenzied dog barking their head off because they are scared of everyone else!

Unfortunately, while GSDs are *supposed* to be confident, many are not.

Many in the US are products of back yard breeders and because of this they are prone to improper temperament.

Also, at ten months old, she is still very much a baby.

You wouldn’t expect a toddler to stand up to a bullying teenager no matter how small or dorky that teenager was.

It is your job to get in there when other dogs approach her aggressively and get her out of the situation/prevent the other dog from approaching.

As someone else mentioned, I would rather have a dog that submits to even the smallest dog than one that is fearful or aggressive to them…especially a breed like the GSD with it’s dubious public relations/reputation.

As for increasing confidence, you stepping in and ending the situation when you feel that she is becoming overwhelmed will go a long way.

After all, everyone’s braver when they know someone’s got their back if they should run into trouble.

Also, basic obedience will do wonders for a dog’s self confidence…especially if you use positive training methods.

As she learns what you are asking/expecting of her she will become more confidant as she realizes that she knows what it is you want.

GSD’s are frequently happy to please their owners and if she knows she’s making you happy then she will be more confidant in her abilities.

Not all German Shepherds are confident dogs, it’s that way for all breeds. Individual dogs are a product of their genes and upbringing.

For your pup to build up some confidence, your best bet is to take her to a basic obedience class where she’ll have a chance to interact with other dogs in a controlled setting. the instructor should be able to help you to help her!

German Shepherds are extremely intelligent dogs, and learning commands etc. will help her to gain some confidence.

She needs to learn that strange dogs, people, places and objects are not necessarily scary – this is called socialization. It’s not necessarily a quick process, but it’s really important if you want her to grow into a confident, friendly dog.

You’ll need to take her lots of places and introduce her to lots of different things, but you’ll need to take it slowly and be patient. If she’s a naturally timid dog, it will make matters worse if you rush her as she’ll get scared.

There’s a good article on socialization at the link below. It gives you ideas on how and where to socialize your pup.

Good luck

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