|09-20-2013 03:28 PM|
I'd also like to add:
As far as distractions go increase them slowly. Do your exercises in your home then in your driveway or apartment hall way and as he becomes more successful in those areas slowly move further and further away from home. When you can get him working reliably a few blocks from home try a park, and a store and a hiking train an more until he will listen to you almost anywhere. As I mentioned before though always exercise him before hand though so he has less energy to be hyper alert with.
My dogs don't like loose dogs either and neither do I. I teach my dogs that I am the leader and will protect them from those dogs by shooing them verbally or physically (with a stick) away. This eliminates the need for them to feel as if they have to protect themselves.
Start giving him treats around men when he becomes more comfortable being close to them have them walk by and drop a treat as they pass. This will help him come to like them more because they bring good things.
|09-20-2013 03:17 PM|
My girls can get pretty hyper at times too. Nikkia has been less prone as she has aged. She is 6 now and my other Rescue Kavik is almost 2. Kavik is exceedingly hyper as she is a Shepherd x Husky and has a ton of energy.
I prefer not to give my dogs medications like tranquilizers that could potentially harm them. The key is LLLOOOTTSSS of exercise. I take my girls at least 6 + miles a day. 2 miles in the morning before school or work depending on the day and 4 + miles in the evening once it cools down. We vary our routes, and do different exercises each time i.e. one day we'll walk and jogg another we'll jog and bike ride, another if I have little time that morning we'll bike ride then walk. It depends on my energy levels as to what we do which is why I have different exercises so that I can ensure that even though I am too tired to walk they still get their miles in on a ride. I try to follow this exercise program religiously as it is always VERY apparent if we miss a day. By this I mean they can become very excitable, hyper and the non stop whining begins. They do this not because they aren't well trained because they are but because GSD's are high energy dogs and if you don't do something to exhaust that energy it will come out in forms of anxiety and misbehavior.
I also schedule my training sessions with them after exercise. That way they are not full of distracting energy and it is mush easier for them to focus on me and the task at hand.
Also work his brain give him food puzzles like kongs, etc... while you are gone and have at least 1 training session with him a day. This will also help to exercise him mentally.
A motto to live by with these dog is "A mentally and physically exhausted dog is a happy dog."
I hope this helps lower his hyperness lots of training will also help too.
|09-19-2013 02:41 AM|
|45yearsofGSDs||Shepherds are inherently hyper dogs. Especially when they get excited. I race scale cars and Bear absolutely despises them. He chases, barks at and literally wants to eat them. When I took him to the vet to inquire about his "hyper times", he said and prescribed Acepromazine. It is actually an equine tranquilizer but is often recommended for some dog breeds that are exceptionally hyper or excitable. Ask you vet about it. It may be the answer. I work with my 2 on a daily basis and as I was always taught, time patience and consistency is how I trained them. After the time, they get use to your tone of voice, the actions that follow that voice and that what you're telling them is a command rather than a favor. So that's my 2 cents worth just based on my experience and what I was taught all my life.|
|09-05-2013 09:17 PM|
How old is he? How long have you had him (from a puppy, or did you get him later)? How much training have you done with him, (trained on your own, took group classes, used a private trainer), and what training methods have you used?
Many dogs are not great with loose dogs charging up to them, so that by itself wouldn't necessarily be a huge concern. If you continue taking him into environments where he's going over threshold (reactivity, signs of fear/stress/anxiety, hypervigilance), it's unlikely to make him better and might well make him worse. If you're going to desensitize him to things that he's not comfortable with you need to work under threshold. That can be difficult to do on your own, because you either need controlled circumstances, or a place to work that has a good exit strategy so if things start to go bad you can bail.
No matter how good his obedience at home is, if you haven't worked around distractions, such as outdoors in the big wide world, it's going to fall apart.
|09-05-2013 09:08 PM|
My neutered male gs/mal is reliable on his training at home. But if I take him somewhere else not so much (sorry comma key is not working) I thought he was well socialized as a pup he is completely fine when people come over. We walked him daily although there were a few incidents that might have made him nervous or protective. We have a lot of loose dogs here. Anyway the point boils down to he is hyper alert when outside of our area and particularly with men. I might sound like a complete dog newb here and I do know that mals are different. Can I desensitize him? Or just Keep him home.