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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2014, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Jogging problem

Hey guys,

I have a 13 month old male gsd. He's an awesome dog with little to no quirks except for this one glaring issue. We exercise a couple times a day using long walks, hikes, dog parks and bike rides to tire him out. We can never fully tire him out be we can get close. The issue arises when going on a walk and I decide to beggine jogging. He freaks out and starts biting my arms and jumping on me. I usually remain calm and try to redirect him but were talking about an 80 lb shepherd. It's not the end of the world for me because I can suck it up and deal with it but my girlfriend can't and shouldn't have to deal with him in that crazy "attacking"mode. Also I used bite inhibition when raising him which is the only things saving my arms. He was raised in a very good and positive environment, never hit never used any harsh feedback. I am just trying to understand and fix this behavior. I was thinking maybe this is linked to their herding tendencies (?)

If anyone could tell me where this is coming from or why that would be greatly
Appreciated. Also I would love to know how to begin to tackle this issue. I've spent countless hours socializing him and exposing him to things to avoid wierd quirks like this but somehow I failed when it comes to jogging.

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What is he like before the jog.

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What do you mean by "biting" your arms and "attacking mode"? My GSD used to freak out a bit at the start of runs and try to grab my shoes or clothing to slow me down, but he was never "aggressive" or doing any kind of serious biting.
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Try this: as soon as he makes an attempt to bite and throw fits, stop and turn yourself in a statue while keeping him away from you to take away his payoff. He might have learned that this behavior is rewarded (running, if he loves it) so it continues. As soon as he is calm, wait a few seconds before going, then go again and repeat.
If he doesn't like running, it might be a protest for some reason.
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Before the jog he is perfectly fine. Because he doesn't know wether we are going to walk or jog so he is normal level of excited, nothing excessive. By attack mode it is not as bad as I made it sound. It's a really
Rough play as opposed to aggression. He doesn't break skin or anything but it still leaves marks. It's at the begginung of starting up but recently it's been so intense I couldn't work thru it and normally I just walk after . I have never rewarded the behavior by continuing to jog and he loves running so I'm really confused as to why.

I will definately try that technique and keep you guys posted.
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At 13 months his physical response maybe trying to understand the knew body language and commands of the jog. How is he at heel when moving slow to fast. Good heeling is primary to a good jogging partner on or off the leash. He is at the right age to start. Not heavy, short slow jogs at first, stay on a soft surface and be aware of over heating in the summer, although at human speeds it's difficult to overheat a dog in good shape. I have jogged with all my GSDs for years. Had similar behavior problems more than once. Your young dog wants to go go go. Once down it is a breeze.
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I appreciate the reassurance hoby. I hope this is just a temperory and feeling out phases and not here to stay. As far as conditioning we should be more than fine. We bike 4-5 miles at a fast rate and that doesn't even begin to make him tired. Thanks again for letting me know that others have had this issue and I didn't mess up somehow.
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He is an average Heeler. For the majority of the walk he is at my hip or one step back. Every couple minutes I have to make a slight correction to remind him that I expect him not to pull. He's more than capable of heeling once we start jogging if/when we are able to get past the crazy mode at the beginning.
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Nobody is saying not to jog a 13 month old puppy?
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I was going to say no running on pavement for a 13 month old. He could be biting you because he doesn't want to what he knows hurts his still forming joints.


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