I Tried To Give Him Away
... but no takers last night at his first beginning obedience class. He was awful ... horrible ... frustrating.. I about cried.
I knew it was going to be bad before we went, but I didn't know the magnitude of badness then! He would focus decently when we were sitting (it was a big class inside a building .. beginning obedience class at this training club always is big). As soon as we would start 'heeling' ... loose term that obvious my guy had no idea what it was... he pulled constantly until the exercise was finished trying to reach other dogs. I have never seen (or my hands felt) something so extreme. He wants to see every .. single .. dog .. there. It was ridiculous .. my hands were beet red by the end of class. I was a pole on the end of the leash for all the attention he gave me, holding him back from his objective. Any redirection did NOTHING to break his focus ... on the other dogs of course and not me.
I toyed with the idea of just murdering him and leaving him there on the slab. I really should have just stopped and made him sit out, but I just kept going and he just kept pulling and trying to reach the dogs.
So incredibly frustrated right now. I know he's immature and will be probably slower to mature than my other GSDs (he's my fifth) have been .. but oh .. my .. lord.
And yes, we work at home and obviously he isn't like this at home, although he's not handler focused there really either once we're in motion.
Xan Varik von Fernheim (born 4/3/13)
Last edited by Galathiel; 09-11-2013 at 11:19 AM.