10-22-2013, 03:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
Hello, I am a new GSD parent, my little guy isn’t so little and his name is Samson. We have always had Labs and they are very different from Samson.
I grew up with Labs and one Golden Retriever, I love Labs but they're certainly a different breed then a GSD lol
I have signed him up for training through Pet smart, but I am thinking he will need 1-1 training. I am starting to think he is smarter than I am. Some of the concerns I have with him are as follows and would like any helpful hints you have-
While 1 on 1 training can be great, group classes can be better especially when they're young. It's good to have the support of other dog parents around and the dog learns how to listen and learn even in a high distraction area with other dogs and humans around. They're also usually quite a bit cheaper then private lessons
He is a leaper! He gets very excited to see us and leaps full force, when he was smaller it was cute, but now he almost knocks me over and I am scared of when he gets bigger.
You can discourage the jumping by turning away and completely ignoring the behaviour, the moment it stops turn around and immediately reward. It'll take time but they'll learn. You can also teach an alternate behaviour like having them sit for a greeting, always have treats on hand for this.
He bites his leash and is difficult to take for a walk. He decides part way through his walk that he is done, and simply lays down on sidewalk after he is redirected from biting the leash the entire time. The minute I turn to go home he wants to run full speed.
He's still a very young pup, keep walks short and fun. It doesn't have to be all a focused heel with you marching around. Bring a toy and treats and make it a game for them to follow you around and allow some time for sniffing and playing as well.
He like to play the Chase me game- He will grab something he isn't allowed to have, look at you, wait for you to say NO, and then he takes off. I have to get one of his many squeaky toys to get him to come back.
Puppy proof your house just like for a baby. Anything that you don't want touched gets moved up to where they can't reach it. Also, really work on trading things. Again, always have treats or a toy handy so if the pup grabs something they shouldn't have, call them over and show them the treat/toy. Offer the treat/toy and reward when they give you the object in exchange for the treat. Be consistent and chances are they'll be bringing you things to trade for the things you offer!
He's a biter- When he says hi it is with his teeth. He hasn't lost any puppy teeth yet, I am hoping this will lessen when he gets his adult teeth.
Time and patience, redirect to a toy as much as possible. If you find yourself getting frustrated or angry then crate the dog (not in a negative light) for a time out and take a breather then start over.
He is so fun and I love him but geez he's no lab and I am not sure what to do. Our youngest son is leaving for the Marines in February and he is our empty nest dog. I want him for companionship and protection. I look forward to any help you can offer.
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