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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 3 1/2 y.o. male GS. His energy level is up though the roof. He is nearly uncontrollable when we take him places (day camp, walks, vets) Does not listen, does what he wants. He is starting to become my biggest recreate of my life. I have no idea what to do, I am lost, I am tired and I have enough. I have no idea how to get through his head to be calm. The second I let him in the house, it's like someone is chasing him with a baseball bat, there is no stopping him, he pulls, he barks.

I just want a dog I can take out for a nice walk, without having my arm ripped off, let him in the house so he can stay in for a while, take him to day camp, vet, etc...

I should have just gotten cat or fish. I have absolutely zero patience for this dog. There is something wrong with him and I have no idea how to fix it.

Don't tell him that i don't exercise him enough, First of all, I would need to quit my job so I can exhaust him, he can go and go for hours. Plus, when he is exhausted, he becomes lazy and simply ignores me. I am tired.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-05-2017, 12:12 PM
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Did you raise him from a puppy or get him when he was older? Have you taken him to a class or a trainer to teach him what you want? Have you done any training with him? Do you have a yard? Do you just put him out in it or do you engage with him when he's out there?
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Just what do you do for exercise?
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He sounds a lot like my husband's dog. He needs training with someone who understands GSDs. Your local PetSmart or positive only trainer isn't going to be able to handle your dog.

See if you can find an IPO or SDA club in your area and contact them for a referral to a good trainer. In the meantime, he should be crated when he's in the house. You can also keep him on leash in the house for now.

Crate training an adult is not difficult. I've crate trained a 5 year old and an 8 year old with no problems. Start feeding him only in his crate. Use treats to entice him into it. All good things are to be found in the crate.

Get with a good trainer as soon as you can. The crate will give you a chance to rest and recuperate.
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Have a yard, got him as a puppy, not much training anymore as I used to. We take him for walks, he hates training, all he wants is to play ball. The second get outside, he takes his ball and that's the only thing on his mind. In summer we take him for bike rides, but like I said, he gets tired, he does not listen, he sits down and rests and petty much gives me a middle finger
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Have a yard, got him as a puppy, not much training anymore as I used to. We take him for walks, he hates training, all he wants is to play ball. The second get outside, he takes his ball and that's the only thing on his mind. In summer we take him for bike rides, but like I said, he gets tired, he does not listen, he sits down and rests and petty much gives me a middle finger
What kind of surfaces are you biking him on?
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all he wants is to play ball.
So train using the ball as a reward. If he wants the ball THAT badly, he'll probably do anything you ask to get it.
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it does sound like enrolling him in a regular training classes might help
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He sounds a lot like my husband's dog. He needs training with someone who understands GSDs. Your local PetSmart or positive only trainer isn't going to be able to handle your dog.

See if you can find an IPO or SDA club in your area and contact them for a referral to a good trainer. In the meantime, he should be crated when he's in the house. You can also keep him on leash in the house for now.

Crate training an adult is not difficult. I've crate trained a 5 year old and an 8 year old with no problems. Start feeding him only in his crate. Use treats to entice him into it. All good things are to be found in the crate.

Get with a good trainer as soon as you can. The crate will give you a chance to rest and recuperate.
Yes, this ^
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The more exercise you give him, the more you increase endurance. He needs some physical exercise and some mental. You said something about he hates training. It's not his call! He will get trained whether he likes it or not. Period! Your dog doesn't get to decide what he does, when he does it, how he does it. You do. So, get to a trainer who knows what they are doing with high drive/OCD dogs or look online for some videos (anything Michael Ellis or Ivan Balabanov) and start training the dog. Seems to me your dog doesn't have boundaries. He needs to learn the "place" command. And if you need to crate him while you are trying to catch your breath or are just sick of him, do it. Sounds like you are sick of him. I get like that when my idiot whines for no reason. I put him in the crate for 30 minutes, take him out and he usually is better.

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