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11-10-2012 11:00 AM
Jag Just because he has more experience doesn't mean it's good experience or that he's right. Have you ever taken a young child into a carnival? This is, essentially, what happens when you take a pup into a pet store. 9 months is still a pup with a GSD. I expected my dogs to behave and focus no matter where they were at an older age. I know they get big fast, but their brains haven't matured. I'm with the other two, keep the dog, ditch the BF.
11-10-2012 10:26 AM
Blanketback Stark sounds like a great puppy, congrats! Like the others have said, it's just a matter of desensitizing him to all the excitement of the pet store. I was lucky with my puppy, because most of the pet stores in my area give out treats, so when he was younger and very food motivated, he always wanted to go up to the counter first. Now that he's older, he's not interested in the treats anymore. But he's used to being in the stores, so he's calm. The various treats at eye-level get his attention, lol.

I know it's hard to have 2 different people with 2 different ideas of what to expect from a puppy. But since he's your dog (like mine is) you get to call the shots. Since Stark is doing so well with everything else, you're obviously going about things the right way.
11-10-2012 10:10 AM
Cstout Also, just want to say im not trying to speak poorly about my bf. I love him to death but we have different opinions sometimes. Sometimes he is right and I am wrong, and ill admit it. He has had a lot more experience training dogs than I have, and I respect his opinion. But, im constantly reading this forum learning new things and figuring out through experience what works for my puppy. Even though we consider stark "our dog" he is mine. And I want to do what's best for him. I want a well trained and HAPPY dog who enjoys training with us.
11-10-2012 10:05 AM
Cstout Thanks everyone for all the replies. Stark is a very good dog, he is generally pretty calm, ii get comments all the time about how well behaved he his. He just gets very excited when there are kids and other dogs around. But, he never gets out of control. We took him to gander mountain just before the pet store and he was so good there, when we were standing still he just laid at our feet. And he greeted everyone very calmly. But, once we got to the pet store there were too many smells, treats at his level, and of course other dogs. And he did listen some of the time. We recently just got him a halti head harness as well bc he is quite large now and sometimes pulls hard. I am loving the halti. He is very good in areas where we have desensitized him. He is awesome off leash, we hike allot so the outdoors isn't that new or exciting to him. We can call him off of deer or rabbits at 9 months and I think that's impressive. So, I told the bf well now I know where I need to work on him. I said I will slowly work my way into getting him desensitized and obeying in the petstore. the bf just thinks that we are the owners, the alpha and omega, he needs to obey us now. And he knows we are in control, I don't think he has any dominance issues. And I don't think its neccessarly to force him to obey when its not something we have worked on yet. We are working on positive reinforcement training and its worked great so far. I just think they learn so much better when they are doing it themselves. Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to explain a little more the circumstances
11-10-2012 12:07 AM
doggiedad at 9 months old you should have some command of your dog.
if you ask him to do something make him do it. work with him
while being distracted. add your distractions slowly. the more
your dog learns start making the distractions harder and harder.
don't become discouraged. keep training and be consistent.
11-10-2012 12:04 AM
carmspack in this situation the dog was not focused, but neither were you. Too much multi-tasking . You are distracted by the attention the boyfriend wants and all the stimulation given by all the other customers in the shop plus the reaction of your dog .
11-09-2012 11:44 PM
KayleeGSD The more you take your pup out and about the more they become desensitized to the world. Kaylee was a handful at first and I have all the time in the world right now to work with her. Every day I took her out and I kept exposing her to new things. When she became over excited at another dog, person, I would quickly turn with her and walk away direction before she became super excited with the OMG OMG!!!! Which worked for her. Now on our walks in the store at times she may become excited even after exercise she is now 7 months old. I keep her moving and on the go and it works for her to keep her from the OMG moments 90% of the time, lol. I expect this behavior from a pup and she has her puppy moments. Sounds like your dog is just being a pup and everything takes time.
11-09-2012 10:11 PM
Blanketback I get the same attitude from DH, with my almost year old pup. The easiest thing to do (besides listening to Kat, lmao) is take 10 minutes to burn off the energy before you leave. The flirt pole works wonders for this - you need one if you don't have one already. BTW, you're not wrong.
11-09-2012 10:07 PM
Kyleigh AWWW ... your pup's just that ... a pup! And good for you for recognizing that your puppy has limitations at 9 months of age. FOCUS in a PET STORE? LMAO what were you thinking?

The smells, noises, sights ... that's overwhelming for an adult dog, especially if it's a store that isn't frequented often.

If you want a MUCH more positive experience in a store, first off, take him out and run him til he's pooped, then go to a store that's NOT a pet store (home depot store or something like that). Lots of smells, but not so many people / other animals. He'll be drooled over, you'll be ignored, and then once he does well there, you can try a pet store another day.

Lots of luck, and you're doing great, I'm with Kat ... dump the bf and keep the dog!
11-09-2012 09:26 PM
llombardo My pup is 14 months and still very playful. She is pretty good in the pet store for the most part. When we walk in, everyone is happy to see her. She gets a big welcome by name(she loves this)...they love her there How sad is that, that people at the pet store know my dog by name? I think my dog would be sad if she didn't get to say hi to everyone
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