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Old 02-09-2014, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Upset, let her down on the training front.

Sorry this is probably going to be a tl;dr :/

I got my puppy, lana, late June and have been coming to realise that I've completely let her down on training. She's my first dog, didn't have a dog growing up either, and I've just been completely lacking with training. She's 9 month and she's still biting and exhibiting destructive behaviour.

My partner works away so for the past 3 months he's been home all day and I've worked full time. Now he's went away again she has so much more energy left on a nighttime even after a walk, she's just constantly nipping me and tearing at the rug etc for attention.
On walks she constantly pulls and is so reactive when she sees other dogs, people, birds, everything. Before my partner came back the last time I'd been working on heels, she was having trouble but she's worse now so I think for the most part he's been letting her run free on a flexi.

My partner is lovely but when it comes to training he's been pretty lax, growing up he had a choc lab who is well behaved but unsociable so for walks he's allowed off lead and he doesn't interact with other dogs just runs around by himself and I think this is what he's been trying to gear lana towards albeit more sociable. Id guess that my partner is the alpha of the household in lanas eyes.

I was taking lana to a training course before christmas which she passed and i think I'll be taking her to the next one but I need to get some rules in place because I'm so embarrassed ATM about how trainings gone so far.
Now I've came to this crashing reality I'm trying to set some rules in and ATM walks consist of short leash walking at heel and that is all until she's understands what is expected, also contributing to the extra energy on a nighttime however am trying to use more mental energy with these walks since physical is now lacking. Do you think this Is the right thing to be doing? Any tips? I have her on a gentle leader but she bucks against it and it's always twisted to the side of her face. When I was at training though trainer did say I was fitting it correctly. I'm going to have to move to a different tool but not sure what.
I've been trying to start using nilif today and thinking about doing the 48 hour isolation starting tomorrow.

I'm just so lost, she's such a lovely girl and I've let her down a lot so far.

Sorry about how long this is and if it's not written very well.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much exercise is Lana getting?
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rehome her before it is too late, look for a new owner experienced in GSD training. Or, look for a new job with more of free time for your dog.
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You don't need to rehome your dog. I'm sure you can find the time and commitment to meet her needs. Many of us have raised, trained, and are enjoying our high-energy dogs even being on our own, with a full-time job.
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GSD's are not always easy dogs, but when you put the effort into training and working with them they become seriously amazing companions. Set rules and enforce them, look up NILIF to start and find and stick with a good trainer. Set up a schedule as well which include lots of physical and mental exercise and you'll find a much happier dog.

There's very rarely such a thing as too late to train. My first personal dog was a 8 year old cocker spaniel rescue who was going deaf, in a matter of weeks he was fully trained in sign language so I didn't have to rely on verbal commands. So don't despair and set limits which may not be true I personally have a WL dog with high drives and energy and I'm gone from 6 AM to 4:30 due to work but I make it work and commit my extra time to training and exercising, I find it fun and relaxing to spend time around them and on the days I leave in the evenings I simply spend as much time as possible before and after
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We are human. We all make mistakes. No one is prefect the first time out. You are now aware of your shortcomings. That's the start of working to "get it right" from here on out.
Forgive yourself for you past shortcomings and move on to better yourself and your dog.
Read, research and start formal training (by yourself or with a professional trainer).
You and your dog can learn together. Go back to the beginning. Build trust and work on focus. Start with the basics: loose leash walking, sit, stay etc.
Train in short sessions to start. You'll get it and so will your dog.

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Telling me to rehome my dog is so so horrible. I'm in tears and just going to delte this post.
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Thank you to the helpful comments. I'm so upset right now
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ugh a lot of work needed here but yeah if your willing to put in the time you can fix it. First off I think gentle leader and such are crap! Others can disagree but that's my take sooo... in that regard I'd say your first step is dump that trainer and find a good one!

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I don't do the clicker myself but others have reported good results using it.
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Jesus I can't believe a senior member of this board would even suggest that. The chances of finding another owner would be slim to none so all what would happen is shed end up in kennel. I asked for support and that is what you had to offer?!
If I remember rightly you commented on my thread about supplies for raw feeding in the uk and you suggesting learning to shoot rabbits. You are unbelievable.
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