|08-31-2013 10:36 AM|
|WendyM||Thank you so much for the encouragement. One of the best things about this board is that I can find other people who have already been here and come out the other side. It's far more challenging than I would have ever imagined, and I completely relate to feeling stressed constantly. But I see such a great dog in her and hopefully a great owner in me, so I'm in it for the long haul, but some days are tougher than others. My target is that in two years I'll have the dog I want, as long as I continue to put in the work. But I feel like I'm moving in dog years sometimes, so that feels like it's 14 years away!|
|08-31-2013 06:08 AM|
I sucked SO terribly at this bite inhibition thing, that my puppy was attacking my legs every time I walked when she was 6 MONTHS old. She was already as big as she is now at 2, and left bruises everywhere on my legs. I'm lucky it was winter, because I was going out with 3 layers of pants and STILL ended many walks in tears.
I was also always stressed because I was exercising her 3 hours a day after university classes and in between endless readings and assignments.
So, if I can pull through that with 0 dog experience and a tight student budget, you can do it too with resources for training and commitment!
I don't regret not bonding with her, but I regret making her so confused for so long because I didn't know what I was doing. So good for you for sticking with a trainer.
She stopped biting near 9 or 10 months old, just in time for summer. What worked for me was leaving her IMMEDIATELY when she bit. But stick to what your trainer is doing, so you can have clear and consistent communication with your dog.
At 2 now, she is perfect. She has learned to speak human better, and we can actually communicate with more emotional depth. I actually enjoy her personality because she finally shows one other than needy puppy. She walks almost perfectly (NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS POSSIBLE! The light just turned on one day recently), she settles well in house (also thought was impossible), has great bite inhibition. We are still working on issues (barks at dogs) but I am so so glad I didn't give up. You will be too! Keep working at it, one day the bulb will go on and you'll have your best friend.
|08-29-2013 10:03 AM|
|08-29-2013 01:15 AM|
Get a trainer now to help you before the problem gets worse! Like you said, it's so frustrating becomes it makes it hard to enjoy your dog and play/train. The frustration grew on me and hampered our relationship when my dog was younger.
|08-29-2013 01:06 AM|
Biting has been by FAR our biggest "problem" with her. I know it's normal, but it's been frustrating for us when we can't seem to redirect her from it. It makes it very hard to praise her or have fun with her when we're constantly redirecting the biting or walking away.
She basically housetrained herself, so that hasn't been a problem. She never wants to go in her crate (or in her pen when she still fit in it). Our initial set up while at work was to put her crate, pee pads, and water in a big exercise pen. So she could sleep, go to the bathroom, get food, and have some space. I think she used the pee pads one time. We do come home to let her out and feed her and play with her at lunch, and she goes out immediately, but other than that, she doesn't seem to need to. She's had plenty of accidents, but they're almost always predictable in hindsight. The big one is if we get her involved in playing a game. Excitement + distraction = accident. If we're playing fetch and she detours when bringing the ball back, that means outside immediately. I'm sure they're not all this easy to train though - she mostly just doesn't like going in the house so if the yard is an option, she'll take it. We got lucky with that aspect.
|08-29-2013 12:13 AM|
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|08-28-2013 09:52 PM|
|08-28-2013 09:39 PM|
you don't have hit a dog or rub it's nose in it's mistake to potty
train. 40 yrs ago when i was training and socializing i never hit
my dogs or rub their nose in their mistakes. not hitting your
dog/pup isn't a new concept.
|08-28-2013 09:32 PM|
don't leave your dog outside unattended. when the pup is in the house
and you can't watch the pup crate the pup. clean the yard often.
take your pup out every 15 minutes in the begining. enroll in a puppy
class. start researching dogs (GSD's, etc.).
|08-28-2013 08:49 PM|
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