|08-12-2013 07:53 PM|
Nita thinks she is a bloodhound, we are having a hard time getting her nose off the ground. Part of the problem is that one of the family lets her lead him and he does not help in her training at all
Off to order some husband training books
|08-12-2013 06:15 PM|
My situation is similar to Alyssa's. If I let Aiden walk around and sniff whatever and wherever he chooses, he would pee everywhere and we would be stopping every two minutes. When we are out walking or are out anywhere that I would ask for control on leash, he is not allowed to sniff and pee everywhere. He was corrected on a prong collar (nothing terribly harsh). He is 4 now and will still try to pull off those behaviors every so often or if someone else is walking him for some reason, but he generally gets the point now.
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|08-12-2013 06:14 PM|
With Banjo I used a Flexi-lead(I know, evil things, but it worked for him). He was a great walker, slack lead, quick sniffs at anything and everything. The second he tensioned the lead due to sniffing he would zip right to my side and then rinse/repeat. I liked the flexi so he could go bush diving at the super-smelly places, it was his reward for a good walk. I'd let the flexi out and let him go hog-wild in the great smelling spots.
Cable is doing great, slack lead about 75% of the time. Building corners and new people will scatter his attention right now. Each walk I enforce the "no pull" command, I shut down the fun when he pulls and wait till he's on my side before I acknowledge him or begin moving. They learn very fast, but YOU have to be even faster with shutting down the fun the instant a pull begins.
|08-12-2013 05:56 PM|
|LaRen616||I didn't neuter my male until he was almost 16 months old. We never had any issues with marking or crazy behavior around other dogs male, female, altered and unaltered.|
|08-12-2013 04:19 PM|
When I first got Duke (he was 2yrs old at the time), he was very ill mannered on the leash. Horrible. He pulled like a gator was at his tail, and sniffed every spot and would probably have stayed at each for 10min at a time (and yes, the whole drooling, shaky jaw, etc). Honestly, it's all in the management and training of the dog.
Once he was acclimated to the house and to us here.... I put him on a prong (he'd never been on one before from what I could tell), took him out for a walk and corrected him each and every time he went to sniff. In my opinion, if they can't behave and control their noses... then they don't get that option at all. I made him walk next to me for the whole walks. We don't walk to go potty.. that's in our backyard off leash. So they don't need to do that on walks. There's no need for sniffing.... that's a luxury for well behaved dogs that listen. Lol.
Not saying Berlin is bad... he's young, he's a goofy guy right now... and you just need to be a little more strict. He needs to understand what YOU want from him. Make it clear for him to easily understand.
My dogs know when I say "free"... they can walk to the end of their leash (no pulling though! I always ask for bit of slack) and can do whatever they please.... sniff away! BUT when I catch up to them, they must keep walking... sniffing that spot is done. I don't mind that because they respect me, my rules, and in return... they can be dogs and sniff to their hearts content. Once I say, "with me"... they know to get their butts next to me (non-focused heeling). We work with this a lot, and it's very useful here. We have some areas that the sidewalks are small and it's very populated, and others that are fairly open and no one is usually around. I need them to respond to my commands so that we can all enjoy our walk and in the end, remain respectful to others around us.
I'd maybe try this with him.... for now, just be strict. 100% next to you.... not focused, but heeling beside you. Once he understands this... teach him "free" or... "go ahead" or "ok".. whatever you want to use.... when he goes to pull...... "no pulling.. come".... start over. He doesn't get what he wants (to go forward) until he behaves. Then when he goes to sniff something on the free walk.... don't correct him... keep walking and once you are next to him... correct and say "Ok lets go"... or "no, come on"... etc. Let him know that this is when he needs to keep going. If he doesn't obey this... go back to non-focused heeling... start back again. Always praise when you get what you want. Make it very black and white for him.
Leash manners 101.
|08-12-2013 04:01 PM|
|gsdlover91||Well, true. I guess I am wondering if anyone else's mature males are still are extra sniffy everywhere? I have never had a male dog before so I have nothing to compare to. This behavior is all very new to me.|
|08-12-2013 03:42 PM|
|cliffson1||I think the "problems" are more with you than the dog.|
|08-12-2013 02:45 PM|
When will the derpy teenage boy moments stop?
Berlin is a 13 month old intact male. He is very well behaved for an intact male, I cant complain really. Just wondering when those derpy teenage boy moments are gonna minimize and he'll be able to focus better on the task at hand around intact dogs/bitches, and not care so much about sniffing *every* pee spot. He is also super sniffy on walks still, despite me correcting it. I just keep on walking too, but sometimes if he has a *really* good sniff, I have to drag him away. Yep, he does the whole drooling, teeth chattering thing, and looks hilarious. I let him sniff on walks sometimes, but he's a little out of control! lol When do the testosterone levels go down to adult male levels?
We went to a lure coursing event this past weekend, and since there was a conformation show going on along with it, ALL the dogs were intact. He did extremely well, no barking at dogs, no trying to get over to them to sniff butts, or whatever. Just REALLY obsessive with the pee, and unable to focus on the task at hand. Understandably, this was ALOT to ask of his 13 month old male brain, but just wondering when he'll mature, or if this goes away with maturity.
Not to mention, I am embarrassed for him. He cannot 'mark' to save his little furry butt. He lifts his leg SO high, misses the tree, and marks either his leg, belly, or the ground. LOL. This is what happens when you live with only a female. Poor guy.
Another thing I noticed, on our walk the other day, he kinda like rubbed his butt on an evergreen tree....and then stood there and squirted liquid from his BUTT?! From his anal glands I am assuming? So whats the difference between that and pee marking? Geez, having your first (intact!) boy dog sure is an adventure.
Thanks for the help.