So. This may be quite long, bare with me please. I don't know if it can be done but here we go. I just moved back in with my parents since I'm going to school full-time, they have a 4 year old male GSD. Well his dad was full bread, and his mom, they said, was 3/4 Shepherd, 1/4 wolf. Yes wolf. I hope that doesn't mean you guys can't help me
The dog (Max) they got when he was about 6 mos. We play with him for about 1 hour a day. Walk him for another hour. And we feed him once in the morning and once at night. When he was a puppy my mom got him into eating his Pedigree dry food mixed with half a can of ALPO wet food, I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing. But he won't eat dry food alone now. I tried switching him off of it, and he went for 2 days without eating, so I relented and gave it to him.
He was raised with a child in the house, until he was about a year when my brother and his fam moved out. My nephew comes over every couple weeks, and they just play and play and play and play and play and play and play and play for hours
and he's not aggressive with him or any child playing with him at all. But when they come to be around either his food, or food someone else is eating, he'll growl and sometime snap at them, and they could be anywhere from 10ft near him and he'll start growling, and they come closer his fur on his neck and back stick up, and closer then he snaps at them (never bitten any of them, yet) and we correct this by, not yelling at him, but locking him up in his room for a few minutes. He also growls at the adults who come near his food but never snaps at adults. And he also growls if you make him move when he's sitting right in the middle of your way. Well we don't make him move, he knows the word "move" but he apparently doesn't like it. Another thing he does when he growls is after he stops he goes back and either sniffs or swipes his tongue at his weewee, I am at a loss for what that behavior is. We all laugh at it but I know it's some kind of trust issue or something.
A couple weeks ago a neighbor came over, and went up to my mom a little to fast, Max jumped up and snapped at his neck, if he wasn't on the chain he would've made it. So after that they finally neutered him. I told them for years he should've had it done as a puppy.
When he sees people/animals outside, he gives this non-committed low guttural woof. For that I want to know if it's possible to have him bark loud but not have him bark at people just walking, and have him bark at people who walk/drive up the driveway or yard?
When we walk him he leads, I've read about this numerous times on numerous sites. I have him on the retractable leash, as close to my side as possible, and he still tries to lead, I give a gentle tug and say shhh. He'll stop leading for a couple seconds then goes right back to it, I've tried giving him treats when I get his attention and he stops leading but he just eats the treat and starts leading again.
The commands he knows is sit, lay down, paw, other paw, outside, and ball or play. How can I teach him to stay. Any other commands you can think of to teach him would be great.
This dog is strictly my dad's dog, Max follows him everywhere and I don't want to change that because after at least 10 different dogs this is the first one he actually likes. The problem is my dad works 10 hours a day and when he comes home he just wants to sit on the couch and rest, and the dog joins him laying down on the couch. If I train him he won't turn all his attention to me will he? Or will my dad actually have to help me train him? The only person he's never growled at is my Dad, and I don't want to take that relationship away. Because I know my dad won't have the patience to train him.
That's about all. Thanks for reading, thanks in future for help. Sorry it's so long
I've had a dog all my life but we've never actually trained one other than sit,paw etc.