Is finding a trainer to teach my dog the only chance?
Hello everyone I just signed up today, also does anyone now how to make it when I click a thread I see the original post first instead of the most recent?
Anyways a little background, this is my GSD Xena
She is 15 months old now and I love her very much. She is my first dog as well, first dog I have ever lived with period and I am in my late 20's. Always had cats growing up in my family and I finally got a place where I could own a dog and felt ready.
Eventually settled on a German Shepherd because I wanted a large breed that was good with cats. I also wanted a inside dog and I read that these dogs aren't the kind you just chain up out back and let run around by itself all day, it needs to be with it's owners is what I read.
I paid a lot of money to get her from an AKC breeder of merit, they have a lot of future police dogs/therapy dogs/ a bunch win dog shows etc. I just told the owners I wanted a dog good with cats, I am not a hunter either btw. They said she had a low drive so I ended up picking her.
The introduction to the cats went pretty smooth, she was scared of both of them for awhile but now she is fine and kind of f***s with them sometimes lol but she isn't rough anymore. I am always worried she is accidentally going to step on them though. Got her potty trained eventually after some mistakes on my part but she hasn't went in the house for a long long time.
Anyways.......I haven't been able to train her commands...at all. She doesn't know how to even sit or shake hands. I know I have to try more on my part I watch videos on youtube how to do it but I can't. I am also not motivated enough because she is so well behaved in the house, walking her was terrible until I discovered the harness and replaced the slip collar with that. She did eat all of my remotes though 4 or 5 but again it was my fault. I didn't puppy proof the house very well because she never messed with anything.
I leave her in the house when I go to work for 8 hours and come home and everything is fine she has access to all rooms along with the cats but she never destroys anything after the remotes. So I got complacent with her command training because she was so naturally well behaved.
But she gets too jumpy when people come over and I can't control her it's embarrassing, she is so smart and I bet easily trainable by someone knowledgeable I just need to find them. Also she has a habit of making me chase her is that normal? She is constantly baiting me in to trying to chase and catch her.
I just don't want to waste her potential I know she could easily learn this stuff but what if she is too old now and I"m to blame?
Xena is a beauty! I would look for a good trainer, maybe try and locate a club, that's what we use, they should have reasonably priced classes and can teach you how to work with your dog. Watching videos can help, but it sounds like you need a little more guidance with someone who can evaluate you and your pup. Be careful, there are some crapty ones out there. You can post your general location and someone here may have some suggestions.
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Any good trainer is not going to teach your dog, but rather teach you how to teach your dog. You will have to be diligent about it. You get what you put into it.
Ok that you, I am located in rural southwest Minnesota so I probably don't have too many options lol
Goal number one is do no harm, you seem to have a handle on that. :)
Here is a link post 8 general guide lines and stuff that may be of use to you:
And maybe this will be helpful:
Leerburg Dog Training | The Ground Work to Becoming Your Puppy's Pack Leader
You can rent doggy DVD's here:
BowWowFlix.com: Dog DVD Rentals | Dog Training Dvd | Dog Dvds | Rent Dog Videos
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