Originally Posted by CujoTheKiller
Thanks for the reply Sookie.
Nope, I live in a very rural area and there isn't an obedience class for miles. For sit I first did the "put the treat in your hand and bring it over his head" method as that's what worked for my other dog, but Cú just went into hysterics when my hand passed his nose. I then tried putting some small pressure on his back and saying sit when he sat. I kept it to 10 minute sessions three times a day for three or four four days and got frustrated at the lack of results. In saying that though he took to walking on a lead like a duck to water and he never pulls ahead or misbehaves on walk.
I suppose I'll start at sit again today, he's one lucky dog that I didn't find him in the act of killing the duck -_-
I'm interested in what you said about a bond, can you explain that a bit?
Maybe he is too interested in food to calm down when you have a treat - try using some dry dog food or practicing when he has already eaten so he isn't so excited about the treat. If he has not grasped "sit" after a dozen sessions try looking up "clicker training" and watch some videos - there are lots of resources on this and other training methods here and on the web. Gsds are really smart so I am surprised he hasn't grasped "sit" after that many sessions. The bond... I guess I just mean the bond you develop with your dog when you work with them, training them, etc., and if you don't develop the bond I think it unlikely he will obey you - he won't know the commands that you would teach during training that would create the bond... It's a cycle, I suppose: training creates a bond of trust and the dog's knowledge of commands such as "leave it" which are what you need in order to keep him from the ducks. I have never had a dog that lives outside or has free reign, but I don't think that lifestyle would be conducive to a bond forming. Most dogs benefit from the structure and routine which comes from living inside and not having free reign over a large area where they do what they want, when they want. I imagine he killed the duck because he can - you have never taught him not to, so why wouldn't he? He doesn't need to look to you for commands or guidance, as he would if he was a working dog with a job, in training, learning obediance, living with you, etc... Hope this makes sense! I'm sure there are many others here who could explain it better.