Hello, this site has been recommended to me by my trainer (number 3) as an excellent resource for food related issues.
I have a beautiful GSD bitch who is now around 14 months old and a bit of a nightmare to put it bluntly. We got her from a kennels that breed dogs for IPO and her pedigree is littered with champions(we went there as we wanted to stay away from show breeders due to our last rescue gsd having severe hip problems amongst other things not to get a mad attack dog, we told the breeder that she would be purely a pet and we had no interest in having an attack dog, our trainers opinion is that breeders have no business whatsoever selling dogs with those genetics to people who state clearly they want a family pet which I can now agree with entirely), what we thought of at first as exuberance and over excited puppyish behaviour is becoming a bit of a nightmare now as the " she will grow out of it" school of thought has been well and truly exhausted. We have had shepherds before so are familiar with the breed but one thing my trainer suggested might be the problem could be the raw diet(he isn't an anti raw food advocate just exploring all the options) . His suggestion was that in the wild a dog would eat probably once a week when it made a kill whereas we are giving that amount or protein daily and this may or may not be a contributing factor to her behaviour, I was wondering if anyone else has experienced changes in behaviour going from kibble to raw or vice-versa? Since we had her she has been extremely stressed when we are out with her and gives the appearance of being an out of control mad thing constantly pulling and lunging and anxious which our last trainer told us was "lead anxiety" . All attempts to take her to puppy classes and socialise her have been thwarted by her hooligan like behaviour and the previous two training schools really didn't know what to do so we ended up being segregated which totally defeated the object of taking her there in the first place, indoors she is a loving loyal dog who will happily do tricks for rewards and can be very attentive yet outdoors she is a wild thing, she has calmed down a little recently but other dog owners see her behaviour and are petrified of allowing their dog near her so socialisation is something we haven't been able to achieve anywhere near as much as we should, when off the lead she will play nicely with other dogs and is very well mannered around them. Ive just popped down to my local Costco and brought a big bag of autarky as she has this for treats and it doesn't upset her digestion so i'm going to use that to transition from raw to kibble to see what happens. When she is outside we are just getting her to accept treats as a distraction(sometimes) whereas previously we could have stuck an entire roast chicken in her face and she would have ignored it and looked straight through it.
Any experience welcome, we have tried all the usual routes such as feeding her before we see a distraction coming and getting her attention onto us in other ways but what we thought of as anxiety our new trainer has described as fear, she has just had her second season and it was only when in season she was able to toilet outside, something she has been to stressed to do before
Thanks for reading,