Fairly New Puppy Owner
I've been lurking around for a few weeks but decided to sign up today. I got a new GSD puppy a few weeks ago and she's been doing well (mostly) so far but a few of her annoying behaviors I can't seem to curb. She will be 16 weeks on Jan. 7th.
From the beginning:
I got her right at 9 weeks old. Her worst problems from about 9-12 weeks were potty training and crying at night/during the day in her crate. She hasn't had an accident in a while and consistently goes potty right when we go outside. She usually doesn't cry at night and only a few minutes during the day if I have to put her up for a while.
1) Now that she's slightly larger she is starting to jump up on my bed/doors/counters with her front paws. When I push her off and say "NO/Down!" she thinks I'm playing with her and continues to jump up. This has been going on for about two weeks and I've tried giving her a job like "sit" or "get your toy" and usually she will sit or get her toy then jump back up. Anyone have some suggestions? When I get fed up with her jumping up (while I'm trying to shave for instance) I'll grab her muzzle and make her sit/stay with a VERY firm NO!!!! - that usually doesn't help either.
2) She also keeps chewing the fibers out of my rugs. There's a rug under her crate, by the back door, and at the foot of my bed that she CONSTANTLY pulls the threads out of. I've told her no no no no and NO and given her a toy instead but any chance she gets (especially if I turn my back and get on the computer or something) she's back at the rug pulling thread out. She isn't responding to the toy redirection, my verbal commands, OR my 'love taps'
Don't get me wrong she's a relatively good puppy and absolutely LOVES me. She's learned to sit/stay/come (sometimes) and is working on other things like calm down/lay down. I've used the reward system with her and also some "alpha dog" or whatever you may call it where I will smack her muzzle or when she was smaller I'd use her scruff if she repeatedly disobeyed. I'd rather go all reward system but she doesn't respond to some things for rewards like she does others.
ANYWAY, glad to be a new member and I look forward to digging up as much information as I can here. I've already read a lot but it seems like many of the replies are specific to certain circumstances so I posted my own thread.
What an adorable puppy!!!
Unfortunabely she also sounds 100% normal and bored bored bored. One of the many reasons I space my puppies out 5 years apart is because of the MAJOR LIFE CHANGE I have to do the first year (or so) from what used to be my normal life.
Free time is no longer something I have.
My time is no longer my own but instead I need to take out my calendar and add the 'dog time' . Scheduling the times to pack the pup in the car and socialize with other friends and their dogs. Sign up and attend puppy class to socialize and learn how to keep my puppy practically perfect. Arrange times to get OFF leash activites started (I off leash hikes in the woods, chuckit in large fields, romps with other dogs (many I met in dog classes!).
Your pup is just b o r e d and the best game in town is pestering you or chewing up stuff. I definitely make sure I have toys they can chew in each and every room so I can easily re-direct to what is ok to chew and I may also PLAY with the puppy and the toy for a bit.
There are also interactive toys you can fill with the kibble for their meal that can keep them busy for awhile. You may have to buy larger ones as they grow..
PUPPY CLASSES! EXERCISE OUTSIDE THE HOME! Play play play with your puppy.. Trick training.... http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-training.html and http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ng-tricks.html
Lot's of great ideas for interactive toys on --> Interactive Dog Toys
Doesn't sound like she's having any trouble learning. Just a heads up many people here won't approve of your "love taps", not a fan myself, especially since she seems to be doing her side of the puppy/owner relationship well.
For the jumping up, it's a problem, but pushing her back down is why she takes it as play (I realize its difficult to avoid).
@both the jumping and carpet chewing, prevention is probably your best bet. Link reacts to me saying "down" when I see him showing signs of jumping, and his jumping has gotten better. Jumping will not go away quickly. With the rug, keep her away from rugs unless you're watching her, even if that means being crated more.
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OOPs forgot to say when training clarity is important.
What is a 'down'
Cause for me, a 'down' is an elbows on the ground and flat.
That puppy is in a down.
When I want my puppy to stop jumping on me, or getting up on the counter, I do NOT want (or care) if my dog then does a 'down'. I want him off and/or away.
So if I have two completely different meanings for exactly the same word, I know I'm just adding more confusion do a puppy who already doesn't understand most of what I trying to communicate.
The command I use for getting my dog off the counter and off of me is, well it's 'Off' . NOT 'down'. So it's 'off' the counter, and 'off' of me, and 'off' the sofa.
You have a very cute puppy, she is in that chewing stage and does not know what to do with herself so that is how she is amusing herself. Like others have said, maybe try a kong stuffed with peanut butter, or anytoy that she can chew on and not destroy or break off and get choked on. Good luck with your little girl.
She hasn't tried chewing on my rugs recently but continues to jump up on the bed/counter. She was improving on cable chewing but I spoke too soon. Last night in an unsupervised nap (a nap for me that is) she chewed up an Ethernet cable and attempted to chew through a laptop charger.
PLEASE don't leave your pup out of crate unattended! That could lead to serious injury or death of your pup. Grim is in his 5th month, and still will chew on rugs if he could get to them. We finally agreed on no rugs unless they could be placed behind a closed door. I don't mind if he puts his front feet (or whole body) on the bed or furniture, so we don't have that issue. The only time he puts his feet on the counter is if I'm making food for him, and I can't say as that bothers me, either. So I can't help you on that. Not thinking, I allowed him to jump up on me. Now we live near my MIL, and he's been trying to jump on her, too. So now we're undoing that one. I gave him a lot of latitude to just be an exploring, PITA pup. I wasn't like this with my previous dogs... just Grim. I find it annoying now that my (older) kids have been home during the holidays. It seems like they're getting annoyed with him and getting after him all day long for things that are mainly their fault. I'm much more laid back now than I was 20 or even 10 years ago with pups. I actually think that's helped a lot. Their puppy time is so short. I'd rather enjoy it than try to end typical puppy behaviors.
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