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01-27-2014 02:11 PM
ttrelfa3
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Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
oh no not a dog park again .

"If I get the stranger to actually come up to us while passing (most people seem scared of a solid black GSD barking and dont) he gets excited and is good with them. Its just seeing them he goes nuts. "

there is no need for this dog to make contact , pay any attention, or solicit attention , get rewards , from strangers. The excitement will create problems. Where is his focus on you. go to the http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...alization.html thread for some good ideas.
That does make sense. I have been having a hard time getting him to break attention. Food (treats, chicken,cheese) and his toys either ball or squeaker have yet to work. we start our second leg of training come march so hopefully they will be able to assist me on learning what I need to do.
01-27-2014 11:47 AM
carmspack oh no not a dog park again .

"If I get the stranger to actually come up to us while passing (most people seem scared of a solid black GSD barking and dont) he gets excited and is good with them. Its just seeing them he goes nuts. "

there is no need for this dog to make contact , pay any attention, or solicit attention , get rewards , from strangers. The excitement will create problems. Where is his focus on you. go to the http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...alization.html thread for some good ideas.
01-27-2014 11:34 AM
ttrelfa3 All great advise thank you. He has great on leash walking and rarely pulls. The worst part so far is that I take him to the dog park and he immediately starts going nuts with barking. I dont think its fear at all just him being vocal. I have to tell everyone he is just a loud puppy and luckily most understand and eases them. Just some few who look at me like im a bad person. Hopefully as some of you said he will grow out of it!
01-24-2014 06:10 PM
gsdsar I find this a common happenstance in this breed at this age. In fact I warn all new GSD owners about it. All of my dogs did it. They all grew out if it. I never made a big deal of it, I would change direction, get their attention back and move on. No big corrections. Just "move on buddy" attitude. If you make a big deal, they will think it's a big deal.




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01-24-2014 06:00 PM
Tim&Marth Olivia has the same problem. Solid black, working lines. If she so much as senses another dog that she isn't friendly with, she barks her head off. And I mean deep chested, BARKS. We've tried almost everything at this point. You can even say quiet when she has her fits - I'd need a loud speaker.
01-22-2014 08:20 PM
rjstrotz
"Puppy" Thing

I'm no expert, but it just seems like a transitional puppy thing that he will likely grow out of when you let him know that this behavior displeases you. If my dogs (adults) bark when it is not appropriate
I say the word 'QUIET' loud enough for them to hear me and I hold my index finger to my lips as a hand signal for QUIET.

They have learned to understand what that means and they settle down.

I like my dogs to bark... they are doing their job in telling me
that something is happening or that someone or something has entered onto our property. So, I allow them to TALK; it is only the non-stop excessive TALKING that I put a stop to.
01-22-2014 07:57 PM
boomer11 my theory is if my kid was yelling and throwing a fit at the grocery store because he wants a candy bar there is absolutely no way in **** i would buy it for him. if my dog is barking and whining and pulling to get to the playground/dog park/anywhere then there is no way in **** i am letting him go. if your dog acts like a brat and you allow hiim to go to the playground then why would he be calm? he already gets what he wants for being a brat.

i remember when my dog started pulling when we got out of the car at the dog park. he would go deaf to all my commands and just pull like crazy. we sat outside that dog park for literally an hour while he was barking and whining. dog needs to learn calm = getting what i want. being a brat = i'm not moving even an inch closer to what i want.

with the leash reactivity issue i'd get a trainer. being reactive like that can come from fear or excitement. you dont want to punish a fearful dog. a good trainer can read your dog and tell you what to do. it is embarrassing with a dog lunging and barking. it doesnt help the stereotype of german shepherds being aggressive either.
01-22-2014 04:18 PM
mcdanfam Ours get really excited when they see the field and school playground where we take them to run and play....

Miles and Millie both bark...loud, fast! It is excitement bark for sure....!

How do you get them to stop? I can say shhhbhh....Millie will mumble and whine...miles barks at the same level all the time...just faster or slower. He loves to hear himself. I would love to know how to prevent them from getting so excited at and being so loud.....once they are playing it is fine....but the walk there....loud....:-)


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01-22-2014 03:05 PM
HarleyTheGSD Try to bring toys or treats (whichever one your dog is driven by). Make what you have more interesting than people and dogs.
01-22-2014 10:47 AM
MadLab How much experience have you walking a dog on a leash?

You have top get creative and teach the dog to walk on a leash.

Change your walking speed, faster and slower. Turn go back the way you came. Turn again. Cross the road. Start jogging. Slow down. Ask dog to sit. Take 3 steps forward. Ask dog to sit again. Turn walk. Slow down to snail speed. Stop. Ask dog to sit. Speed up. Jog. Walk. Turn.

Basically make a walk a challenge for the dog. Add treats and praise when the dog is doing as you like to make it more fun for him.

Many peoples walk is walk along at steady speed and expect a lively puppy to accept this as the way to go. They'd rather be pulling out front, Barking at anything that moves.
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