|09-29-2013 09:07 PM|
Pop him on a big long line around your ducks. Teach him manners when around them. Start with giving him just a little line. The better he behaves the more line/freedom he gets....when you combine this with all of your basic training over time you will be able to loose the line.....you need to be able to control him and show him what is expected ......that is what the long line is for.
However it doesn't matter how well behaved he gets ssupervision around any livestock is always needed....good luck
|09-29-2013 05:01 PM|
|09-29-2013 04:35 PM|
I wish other people[ no problems so far on here!] would handle my direct and straight forward ways the way you did!!!
|09-29-2013 04:26 PM|
|Sookie||Glad he is already doing better with the sit command! That was the first one I did with Sookie, then we did "down" which I got her to do by letting her see a treat in my hand and then lowering the hand with treat to the floor while saying "down" - she got that straight away, I bet Cujo will too I am working on Sookie with my cats so she doesn't eat them, and part of what works really well is the down/stay command, so she doesn't get too excited around them - that may be a way to help with your pup and the ducks (on a long leash so he can't get up and chase if he breaks the command). If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts in Ireland are you?|
|09-29-2013 03:33 PM|
|09-29-2013 02:59 PM|
Re: Killed my duck.
I tried to "edit" my original post but was over the 10 minute limit!!
I wanted to say, I am very direct and do not want you to take it the wrong way.
Hopefully I helped you a bit. My intentions were not to degrade you or hurt your feelings.
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|09-29-2013 02:42 PM|
What do you expect??!!!
Just because your Dog killed a duck DOES NOT mean he is going to be aggressive towards people and other Dogs!
You mention, he barks at strangers!! He is suppose to do that!! GSD are guard Dogs, watch Dogs, Police Dogs ect!! That doesn't mean that they can not be loving to friends, family and their owner!
I am surprised that your surprised. Is this your first Dog? First GSD?
Anyway,,,don't worry,,,,,your Dog should be fine and if for some reason he becomes difficult, a trainer can help and it would have NOTHING to do with him killing a Duck!
|09-29-2013 02:39 PM|
Yes. Dogs are predators.
Could be that he was just too young the first time you tried to teach him to sit. The older they get, the better their focus will be.
Please do yourself a favor and get some books about dogs. There are many recommended on this forum. If you learn what you have and understand your animal, your relationship will be so much better.
Most dog problems arise because humans don't understand them, and expect things of them that are impossible.
That being said, you can expect a lot from a GSD. They are a brilliant breed, can pick up things very fast, all you need is the right tools and you will be very happy with him.
|09-29-2013 02:32 PM|
Yep, this has been a wake-up call, and training has started hard I'm half ashamed to admit that he's already sitting on command about a third of the time, makes me wonder why the results were so poor the first time. Perhaps I was only doing a half-arsed job.
I am looking forward to developing a happy and productive relationship with Cú
|09-29-2013 01:55 PM|
I'm not trying to be mean or condescending, I really am trying to help and show the problem and hopefully the solution. You allowed a 6 month old puppy with no training free reign over a farm with smaller prey animals. It's like letting a two year old child play in your house with no supervision and expecting them to not get into trouble, of course they will because you can't expect them to always make the right decisions.
First, stop blaming the dog. It is NOT the dog's fault, he did what came naturally to him. If he had been under supervision or contained in a safe area the situation would never have happened, that falls onto the owner not the dog.
Secondly, start training the dog. There's no reason why the dog can't learn sit, down, come, along with the other basic commands. GSD's are a very smart breed, if you don't keep them entertained they'll make their own fun. Obedience works the mind and lays down rules, those rules will help him make better decisions in the future. You'll build a bond with the dog and have fun while doing it, even just fun tricks like high 5's can be entertaining to train and the dog will love the attention it gets while doing the fun thing.
I'm very sorry about the duck, I really hope you are willing to work with the dog, I think if you step up and start training the dog you will see a marked improvement and be a much happier owner with a happier dog. It's a win/win situation. Otherwise it probably would be better for you to find him a new home with a family that is willing to train and work with the dog.
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