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Old 12-21-2013, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got engaged and with my husband to be I acquired a 16month old German Shepard Lab cross puppy. He is the sweetest and kindest dog ever and he uses it to his advantage against his "dad" who has never trained an animal before. Cola is too smart for his own good, he can let himself out of kennels, reach on the counters and nearly knock you over when you come in the door. I have managed to teach him that jumping up is not acceptable, but other than that he is just a brat. If you put him in his kennel before you leave the house, he will be roaming free when you return. I am told he never used to wreck anything when left alone, but now he has taken to ripping up carpet, shredding pillows, blankets and everything else. He has moved houses twice in the past six months and I think that has affected him and that he may have developed some separation anxiety, but I have no idea what to do to help. Google answers are only so helpful and most are slightly impossible - I cannot take the dog to work with me.

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Old 12-22-2013, 02:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We had a westie mix and a whipept mix that were crate magicians.

What type of crate is being used? And is her just opening up the door by sliding the things across? Or is he bitting the bars to get out? (Have experience with both issues)

And are you walking him or anything prior to putting him in? Even if never trained a dog he should still be taught to sit etc. once i come across again a video thats really good with breaking counter surfing ill share it with you as that is one of in my opinion the worst happens to let happen and continue makes it a little harder to break.

But if you and your fiancÚ are consistent and doing the same things that structure should help to bring him back around. I can help by what i know experience wise from our two dogs we had in the past (one died of old age the other of cancer).


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We had a westie mix and a whipept mix that were crate magicians.

What type of crate is being used? And is her just opening up the door by sliding the things across? Or is he bitting the bars to get out? (Have experience with both issues)
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And are you walking him or anything prior to putting him in? Even if never trained a dog he should still be taught to sit etc. once i come across again a video thats really good with breaking counter surfing ill share it with you as that is one of in my opinion the worst happens to let happen and continue makes it a little harder to break.

But if you and your fiancÚ are consistent and doing the same things that structure should help to bring him back around. I can help by what i know experience wise from our two dogs we had in the past (one died of old age the other of cancer).


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You need to buy a metal clip to use to secure his crate so he can't escape. THink hardware stores have caribiner types but anything is better then nothing as long as they are strong.


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If your fiance isn't going to train his dog, you can. As MRL suggested, sign him up for obedience classes and take him yourself.
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You need to buy a metal clip to use to secure his crate so he can't escape. THink hardware stores have caribiner types but anything is better then nothing as long as they are strong.


Most of our dogs need tons of exercise PLUS mental stimulation. The easy way is to sign up and attend weekly dog classes.

Have you seen this? ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

Second that we used those clips that have a spun nut that holds it closed tight some people use them as keychains.


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Old 12-23-2013, 02:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone, I will try putting the clips on his kennel. As for his training so far, he fully understands what sit, stay, come and lay down are, he just seems to have developed an attitude that he only does them when he wants to. I ask once and if he doesn't comply, then I put him in the position that I asked for. It is like he is a snotty teenager sometimes.


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Does anyone else have problems with their GSD acting like a snotty teenager sometimes? It's quite frustrating, he knows the command but just looks at me with defiance...


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