Hello, my name is Stephanie,
My Fiance and I just got our 4 month old GSD, Nino almost a week ago. This is the first GSD for both of us and first time training a dog for me. So we have TONS of questions...
I have a 4 yr old son whom Nino keeps trying to push over, stop from going places in our house, nipping at, and jumping all over, is there a reason for this behavior? How do I stop or correct this behavior??
The lady I got Nino from kept him isolated in a house and a back yard for his entire life, never took him for walks and never got him familiar with people. If he sees a person he doesn't know, he will bark and bark at them but SOME of them it takes him 20 min to get aquatinted with them to let them pet him, some he will go right to...why is this and is there something I can do to make him not so timid of "strangers"?
His previous owner told us he would eat 2 FULL bowls of food a day...to me it seems like a lot and he isn't eating it all, the first two days he barely ate anything, day by day hes eating more, how much should he really be eating??
He loves to nip at everyone (playfully) how do I get this to stop or calm down?
Last question, I would like to start training him to do things, sit, stay, down, speak, be quiet, etc. how and when should this process of training start?
Sorry for the overload of questions but will somebody pleeeasseee help
Nino, Steve, Stephanie, And little Isaac