GSD 11 Months and I am burning out fast. - Page 6

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by Bevsb on 16 October 2018 - 19:10

I love your last post Jesse. It is my opinion that Appleboat loves this beautiful, intelligent dog and is just frustrated with his behavior. Giving the dog a chance using suggestions from members here and getting a good trainer should help the relationship and hopefully she can enjoy the dog as well as love him. I wish her much luck. I am 75 and have had 6 GSDs. My current dog was purchased at age 8 weeks and is now 6 years old. She has been a challenge for different reasons but continues to improve all the time. Scent work has given her more confidence and we both love to do it.


by Jessejones on 16 October 2018 - 21:10

Thank you for sharing your story too Bevsb
Scent work is really awesome and still underestimated in so many ways. Benefits to dogs and owners. Makes ‘em think and tires ‘em out. And gives us a healthy workout, at any age, to boot.

And, of course I forgot to add again in the last post...if you have a great trainer in your area, that knows the GSD soul, that is excellent. Everyone here gives great advice.


by Hundmutter on 16 October 2018 - 21:10

@ jessejones  + bevsb : Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up

by Rik on 16 October 2018 - 23:10

jesse, your story is so similiar to my recent GSD it's almost identical. mine was 11, perfect health, every step I took, fell off food a little was first sign. 3 weeks and she was to the point that surgery was not an option.

i agree that many dogs are very different after getting past the puppy stages and in the hands of correct/knowledgeable/capable owners. maybe that works out here for this owner and dog. and certainly some good advice has been given.



by Appleboat26 on 17 October 2018 - 12:10

You guys are THE BEST!
As life would have it, I am off caring for my Grandsons while my son and DIL enjoy a much-needed and previously scheduled break.
Rocket is boarded (for the first time...and being a brat of course).
But I am still here and reading everything over and over whenever I get a moment (kids are 4 and 18 months).
I plan to start fresh with a whole new plan next week when I pick him up.
Thank you everyone!


by ggturner on 17 October 2018 - 15:10

Appleboat, I can easily relate to some of what you are experiencing. My husband and I are in our mid 50's and last year purchased a male gsd puppy that is now 15 months old. He is high energy. We have joined an obedience training club and go to weekly sessions with him. We don't use rewards in training because the rewards become a distraction for him, like your flirt pole. We just praise him for obeying commands. However, even our praise has to be subtle or he will become too excited. He responds best to a calm demeanor and consistency.

Best of luck with your boy!

by apple on 18 October 2018 - 10:10

There is a difference between high drive and hyperactivity. The latter is undesirable in the breed.


by susie on 18 October 2018 - 18:10

Apple is right...but...

I don't know if your dog is hyperactive or just uneducated, but for sure he is no adult you "rescued" (👍👍👍).

A 8 weeks old GSD puppy needs rules, and it needs a 24/7 leader.
Your home, your food, your rules...

This pup is no adult rescue, but a healthy (good looking) teenager testing it's boundaries.
Different type of dog = different kind of training.

A dog during this age when not already trained properly can be a pain in the ass - I guess all of us know this...

Structured training, no ability to circumvent your rules and commands, no "poor little guy" thinking 😎...

But in case you don't think you are able to educate this little rascal - try to find a good forever home for him - doesn't make you a less worthful human, just a human able to think.

Thank you for rescueing poor dogs!


by Appleboat26 on 24 October 2018 - 13:10

Thanks to your advice, I have a new dog. 
I picked up Rocky on Monday.
I boarded him for the first time for 7 days while I took care of my Grandchildren in another state. I had called several times to check on him and was told they were trying to work through some issues with him. It is a "stay and play" and he had attended day camp there once a week as a puppy to socialize with other dogs. He had not been in a few months because I started to take him to a dog park instead with me. But then, I noticed at the dog park, he did not stop trying to play with other dogs when they warned him. Things began to escalate, so I stopped taking him if other dogs were using the park. The kennel reported the same behavior and they were trying different combinations, but he managed to annoy any other dog they paired him up with and ended up alone by the end of the week.
I am not sure what happened to change everything but he was very glad to see me when I picked him up and he has been much more responsive ever since. I started right away hand feeding him and making him work for everything he is given. We are working primarily on "Look!" right now and he picked that up very quickly. I am honing it in various situations, especially when he is distracted. 
I also kennel him more often, mostly after exercise and training sessions during the day. At night, he watches TV with me and we hang out for a few hours before the final potty break and he is kenneled for the night. So far, none of the most annoying behavior has returned. I am going to build on that and keep adding new skills and rewarding the behavior I like...but man, what a difference. It's like a miracle!
I am actually starting to like this guy and enjoy our time together and I know now we are going to make it.
Thank you all for talking me through this.


by joanro on 24 October 2018 - 13:10

You made me cry laughing !! Great visuals in your narrative! have discovered you are boss and he is dog.Lightbulb :-)


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