by StayCivil on 13 December 2019 - 20:12
Any experience with Michael Ellis? Leerburg? German shepherd man? Tarheel canine?
by Koots on 13 December 2019 - 21:12
You don't need to wait until she's 6 months to do the basics at the club. Is this a sport club or a trainer's club? Because a lot of clubs have members get pups used to stuff at the club before 6 months. You can also learn a lot by watching other members train - that is one of the biggest advantages to being with a club - to watch and learn from others.
You can't really go wrong with Michael Ellis vids though.
by StayCivil on 14 December 2019 - 08:12
My breeder told me to be very positive and happy with treats and no negative training with her for the first 6 months. He said the most important thing is to get her socialized and environmentally stable. I have seen socialization checklists online, but not sure which one would be appropriate for this type of dog.
I guess what i would like is a formula or a step by step progression to training her. I know that i don't know much and dont want to mess her up. Also, my daughter and wife are super excited to get her and i would like to be able to teach them what to do and not to do with her. For example, how to get a puppy to stop biting you without doing it the wrong way. Or, how to teach her not to chase the cats. Would the Michael Ellis videos provide me a pathway to follow?
by Koots on 14 December 2019 - 16:12
I am not sure about videos to raise a puppy, as I have been raising pups for sport since before youtube days (before internet even, lol) and I just do things by instinct a lot of the time. I'm sure there are lots out there, some better than others - I would check out M.E., Ivan Balbanov, David Kroyer to name a few.
There are certain things you can do that are common techniques for puppy rearing. So far as the biting, I use 'redirection' to provide a pup with a safe outlet for their instincts, without 'squashing' their drives and desire to bite as we want them to not have those inhibitions when it comes to sport. For the first while, until the pup learns when and when not to bite, I carry a rag or tug with me as well as kibble for reward. When the pup wants to bite my legs, hands, whatever, I bring out the tug and 'redirect' the biting behaviour to that instead of me. I play tug and let the puppy win, then when I want to get the tug back, I use a piece of kibble to 'trade' for the tug, and when the puppy lets go of the tug to get the kibble, I say 'out' to label that behaviour.
If you go to the club, the members there can help you learn other things to help you raise your pup to participate in sport. Good luck, and have fun with your girl.
by Q Man on 14 December 2019 - 18:12
Right now if you just go once in awhile it will be very helpful...Maybe you will connect with some folks that might be closer to you and you can get together more often...
Every video or book you view you will get info. however you will probably have more questions...Usually different views on how and what to do can tax you...
Although I'm not a fan of Leerburg then do have some videos that might be helpful to you...Also I know Dave Kroyer has some on-line help also...Check them out they might help you...
I just got a 4 month old GSD and I have already started her of working for Food and playing with her with toys...like Balls on Rope and Kongs on Rope...Socializing her and in general introducing her to as many new things as possible...
At this young age you also want to do "Drive Promotion"...
by apple on 16 December 2019 - 06:12
by apple on 16 December 2019 - 07:12
by Q Man on 16 December 2019 - 09:12
The only thing I don't agree with is what has been said about "Drive Promotion"...You do need to bring out or accentuate a dog's innate abilities...You don't need to over do it but it's always good to teach a dog to use his God given abilities...
How much you do is up to you and what you're trying to accomplish...With a young dog you're forming their training to what your goal is...
by apple on 16 December 2019 - 11:12
by NatureDragon on 22 December 2019 - 16:12
Robert Cabral has some great puppy videos to start out with and it's free :)