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Q. My 4 year old GSD police K9 will not work with strange people around and seems to get performance anxiety. How can I correct this problem?
I have a four year old GSD. He is a dual purpose police k9 dog. We train every Sunday. When we are working a scene he will not work with multiple or strange people around in the area. Also if you can believe this he seems to be afraid of the dark somewhat. It seems that during times of need he gets performance anxiety. On training days he is quite the opposite and is nearly perfect. Also if this makes a difference, he supposedly has bad hips. I discovered this when he was two years old. He tracks with a harness and is car possessive. What I mean by ar possessive is that he is the baddest dog on the planet in the car. When outside he is untrustworthy. He likes to nip sometimes. These are his worst characteristics.

The only question that I really need answered is the working performance. Please tell me that there is hope for my partner. I'm guessing that it is in his drive? If it is how would I correct this problem?

A. It sounds like this dog does not have the qualities needed to be a police service dog. If it were me I would be looking for a replacement.

Next time – x-ray the next dog's hips, elbows and spine before training and then do a better job selection testing the dog.

The reason the dog works on training days is that it's probably working in prey drive. The reason it has problems performing is it has weak nerves (which is the reason its sharp in the vehicle).
  
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