|08-14-2013 12:03 PM|
Those are self rewarding activities. It's very hard to break them of them. My girl will eat anything left unattended on the counter, and pull stuff out of the trash. After trying things for years I gave up. I just don't leave out anything that's tempting.
One thing I tried that shows how smart she is, I put a mouse trap in front of some food on the counter. She was smart enough to not go after that food until I removed the mouse traps, even though she had never seen a mouse trap before in her life. Too bad I can't just leave mouse traps everywhere.
|08-14-2013 12:00 PM|
I agree with the others that if you can stop putting stuff on top of the fridge and can close the trash in a cupboard or have a heavier lid, that's a good management start.
Other than that, I'd also take control of the situation. There is TONS you can do to make your relationship better with the dog. And you don't need your boyfriend in the mix. YOU can take classes with the dog. YOU can drive the dog to a field to play chuckti. YOU can go on long hikes/canoe trips/kayaking with the dog.
Build the relationship. Become the leader. Bond and love your dog and you'll be amazed how well behaved he becomes!
Keep in mind, she's still a puppy (I know, a big puppy ) so these are all things you should have been working on and can keep it up! ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html
|08-13-2013 10:57 PM|
|jmoney||that all sounds like a ton of pent up energy and lack of OB|
|08-13-2013 03:32 PM|
|Galathiel||We bought some time ago a large metal trash can for our kitchen with a hinged lid. Great buy now that I have a dog tall enough to actually inspect the trash! I think it's more of a respect thing rather than an alpha thing.|
|08-13-2013 01:48 PM|
Exercise...exercise...exercise...and then when you're done, exercise some more.
I also agree with LoveEcho.
|08-13-2013 01:37 PM|
|LoveEcho||How much obedience training do you do with him daily? How much exercise does he get? If he can't be trusted around the house, restrict him to certain areas for now-- until he has a solid "leave it" and recall. Building those are the key to curbing those sorts of unwanted behaviors where he snatches things and runs away. Stepping up NILIF will help as well.|
|08-13-2013 12:13 PM|
13 Month Old GSD Misbehaving
My 13 month gsd, Ari, is constantly getting into trouble. His favorite things to do are to get in the trash can and to pull/eat stuff off the refrigerator. He knows he is not supposed to do that, as I reprimand him when he does, and he will try to run away from me if he has something in his mouth. I'm not sure what I should do to discipline him, or to get his behavior to stop. The other issue is that he does not behave this way at all if my boyfriend is around. He is the perfect dog then, it is only when it is just me around. I know he sees my BF as the "alpha" and me as his pack mate. When I catch him doing things he isn't supposed to be doing I make sure to use a stern voice and say "no". Beyond that, I'm not sure what to do. We have always tried to use positive reinforcement when we train him, so I'm not sure how to handle this kind of behavior.