First off, I want to thank you for starting the message board. There are millions of articles and literature online, but what one source says, the other negates. So thank you for opening up a legitimate source for people to ask questions and get answers from a very reputable breeder who has so much experience and respect with the shepherds. That being said we (boyfriend and I) have a 5 month old dutchie who is a great dog, but we have been struggling with a few things. We have been socializing him a great deal, but he is very anti-social and fearful of almost every human besides us. He is the worst with kids and almost seems aggressive towards them. I will correct anytime he shows signs, but it is basically to the point where we don't even feel comfortable letting kids around him and I know he can sense that fear in us which does not help our situation. We love him very much and want to do anything we can to try to help him become comfortable around people. I try to mostly keep him engaged with me when people are around because I don't want him to be fearful. I read a book you suggested "How to raise a puppy you can live with" and keep trying new things to work with him. Currently he is doing really well with us at home, sometime try's to challenge us, but we always make sure to win those battles. Is this normal with most dutchies or is he just too hot for a family dog? I would really enjoy discussing this more in detail with you. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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