Why is my dog this way?
When is enough really enough?
Where is the line drawn between companion/working canine?
And how can I permanently and routinely establish boundaries?
Last November of 2012, I came across an abandoned 3.5 month old German Shepherd puppy that was given to me by a acquaintance that wanted nothing to do with the dog.
I just happened to be in the neighborhood, and he literally asked me if I just wanted to take him in because he wasn't 'good enough' to be a 'tough fighting dog'. Fearing bait dog abuse and neglect, I took the little guy in, and since then he's never left my side.
Wolfbane is my first intact-male GSD, I've never owned or have had any experience with the breed, and now he is a year and two months old with an dominant - almost borderline aggressive attitude to match it. I can no longer control him, nor my other dog, and they doesn't listen to me one bit. Now my other dog, Bear, is replicating Wolf's behavior.
Here is a breakdown:
2 Years Old
Pit Bull x Bully Breed
14 Months Old
German Shepherd Dog
DAILY P R O B L E M S
* They're easily distracted, easily excited, and have no focus
* Getting over excited around kids and elderly and can't contain the energy
* Jumping on everyone whenever they want and repeating until 'seen'
* Does not obey any commands and will even bark back at you
* Pulls on the leash in all directions, walking in front of me or criss crossing
* Peeing/Pooping where ever they please while during a walk
* Barking and whining to get what they want for long periods of time
* Constantly on edge, ready to 'DART' to get what they want at any time
* Barking/Growling/Mounting people toys, attention, food, etc..
* Putting paws on my arm, chest, face, hands, legs
* Leaning and positioning themselves between my legs until 'seen'
* Darting to food, outside, when let out of crate, when going for a drive
* No patience for training, highly food driven, but they look at the food
* Baring teeth or 'one tooth' at me while slightly growling when told "NO"
* GSD uncontrollable and very loud 'groan moan heavy noticeable sighs*
* Chasing wildlife (we live in the forest w/Bears, Elk, Cougar, Eagles, etc)
* Eye stare downs - will actually stare at you until they get something
* 'Acting' anxious, fearful, nervous when given an undesired command
* When verbally corrected, they 'stem' off my eye contact, as if they're saying, 'Oh she looked at me! Ah ha I win!' and will repeat the negative behavior to get me to look again. But will not obey my commands to stop.
* NO FOCUS NO FOCUS NO FOCUS!
Now, when I try dealing with my dogs, I get so frustrated constantly trying to keep them in line that my chest gets tight, I can't breathe, I get so unfocused, stressed, anxious, nervous, and now fearful that my GSD is getting ready to bite to get what he wants.
Don't get me wrong, I just grasped the benefits and concept for training and I'm very new at it...but every time I try a new technique in public I would get scolded by that 'one person' who thinks every dog is just the way it is and should be allowed to do what it pleases, or aka 'be a dog.'
It's frustrating trying to create a balance and no one is on the same page, no one helps me out, no one listens to me when I try to train my dogs, and no one respects my boundaries when I say, 'Hey, I'm working here. Please do not distract my dog.' In turn, I give in to peer pressure and my dogs are wildly uncontrollable.
My supreme goal is to be a Dog Trainer, but how can I when my own Pack is completely out of whack?! What do I do? Where do I start? How do I catch myself from not making mistakes? And how can I rebalance and reestablish my Pack?