|03-23-2014 11:50 AM|
The personality change is pretty typical, especially if he had bad experiences with other dogs. It's too bad you don't have more time to spend with him. He's probably bored and lonely. My dog does the licking thing (not a firepit though! Wow!) with metal objects and feet. He sounds more like he has nervous problems rather than being mentally impaired.
On a more light-hearted note: Hyperbole and a Half: Dog
|03-23-2014 02:51 AM|
I don't see how "mentally retarded" is offensive. It is being used in proper context. Maybe I should have said "mentally impaired"?
Anyway, yeah Ghost does sometimes stare at objects. And his personality changed a lot. When he was a baby he was brave and curious. Now he's one year old and quite cowardly. Don't get my wrong, I love my dog. He just seems off. I guess I'm so used to my Aussie Shepherd (who died a couple years ago due to old age). That dog was insanely intelligent to the point it was scary! She could answer simple yes or no questions. And she was easy to train and always wanted to please.
Ghost just seems less intelligent than her. He does have some behavior issues I have been trying to correct. Like he attacks and barks a other dogs. He didn't use to until he had a bad experience at the dog park. Another puppy his age was too rough with him when playing and he got real upset. He has never gotten along with other dogs since. Well, except for the rottweiler my parents own. That is another issue. Otis (the rottweiler) used to bully Ghost a lot. Not so much anymore, but sometimes ge still treats Ghost like ****.
I want to train him more, but I am always either working or at college. I only can spend two days out of the week training him.
|03-22-2014 09:39 PM|
|sechattin||Definitely what selzer said. Some of the "lay" and walking troubles just sound like training issues to me, and my shepherd actually tried to lick a burning candle just because he's a goof. But the freeze and stare off into space worries me. My last shepherd had epilepsy and he had petit mal seizures where he would suddenly freeze and stare off into space or his eyes would roll up. Not sure why but after his seizure developed, he had some weird behaviors like pawing new surfaces, leaning against walls, and excessive drooling. It's not likely, but definitely something I would bring up and have the vet check out.|
|03-22-2014 05:40 PM|
|03-22-2014 04:36 PM|
Lay or Down is more difficult, especially with distractions for dogs. That does not mean your dog's growth or aptitude is stunted. It may indicate a dog with more independence, who is less apt to conform to what you want.
The down position is a position where the dog is more vulnerable and has to accept. If there are other dogs around, the dog may feel he is being put lower than the other dogs, or he may be concerned with being attacked.
A training tool that some people employ is to build up a down stay to 30 minutes, and use it regularly, like when they are eating, or exercising. There is nothing wrong with teaching a long down, but I would go slowly with it.
I am more concerned with the staring into space and not snapping out of it when you call the dog. Is he fixated on something, a person or dog, or is he having a lapse. I know people can have tiny epileptic siezures where they blank for moments. Teachers can see it sometimes. It is quick but it is still an issue. I do not know that that is what is going on with your dog though. Could he be listening for something. When you take the dog to the vet, I would ask about that, and mark how frequent and how long this lasts.
|03-22-2014 04:19 PM|
|KaiserandStella||I think the licking everything is probably part boredom and part clueless exploring. The refusal to do a lay is probably stubbornness to lay down or the similarity in lay/stay. Switching sides back and forth is a common walking issue with pups/dogs. Humping thing probably nothing out of the ordinary list of hump issues. Pretty typical nothing wrong with him. Just needs some more training, exercise, and healthy activities.|
|03-22-2014 04:00 PM|
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|03-22-2014 03:05 PM|
|Jakesworld||So I feel for you. Our dog, Loki, was ah, "slow". Or maybe he was just really stubborn. Either way he wasn't stupid. But you know that look of intelligence? That look of "the gears are turning" you see in your GSD's eyes? You know the look... Loki didn't have it.|
|03-22-2014 02:48 PM|
|Castlemaid||I've changed the subject line - it is offensive to many.|
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