|08-17-2013 01:16 PM|
I took her to the park last weekend to a child's birthday party that we were invited to, to see how she would be in an excited environment with small children. She was so good with the kids and really enjoyed the attention. She did try to catch a few birds, but that is par for the course I suppose. haha
It's only when I correct her. When my wife corrects her it doesn't happen. I will definitely keep socializing her. Thank you for sharing your experience, it's very calming to know that others have had experience with this and are working through it.
|08-17-2013 12:30 PM|
Cruz was really bad about this. I would take him to an outside strip mall and just walk him. Not letting people interact with him personally but just having him around so many people seemed to help. I then after awhile, I started letting people just pet him and interact for a very brief few seconds basically just saying hi and we were on our way. I slowly worked my way up to more petting time, but he still will urinate at times with certain people if I let the interaction go on for too long. Some people just don't want to let us go for some reason.
There are some people you will interact with for some reason they will still urinate. We see our trainer at the local pet store and he sees her and squirt sqirt squirt. She just has such a presence over him, he turns inside out. I sware his tale will break off and go flying across the store he wags so hard. He just is in love with her. But recently, he met up with her again and he didn't urinate this time. But there was a portable fence in between. The interaction was also brief, but it was still an step forward for him.
I still think it's a puppy thing. They eventually grow out of it. Cruz is also 8 months. He has started comming into his own big time, meaning his confidence is on the rise and fast. This also might be some of why he rarely urinates while interacting. Dunno, but the socialising is always a big plus in my book.
|08-17-2013 11:49 AM|
She still maintains all of the gsd protective traits which is a total blessing.
|08-17-2013 11:40 AM|
The notion of too much directed pressure makes total sense. Thank you.
|08-17-2013 10:40 AM|
Just know that 'firm' for her probably isn't 'firm' for your other dogs when training, and that's fine!
She will get better as she ages, but frankly a softer dog is always a softer dog. Makes us better trainers because we have to train smarter and think rather than rely on corrections.
|08-17-2013 08:25 AM|
|cliffson1||She'll grow out of it ...just act normal and don't focus on it like Madlab said.|
|08-17-2013 07:55 AM|
Some dogs are so submissive to humans that they are overly susceptible to verbal corrections and aggressive body language. If you are not sensitive enough you can scare the dog and make the urinate.
I feel that you need to provide the right environment and let the dog develop herself and grow out of it. When you are trying to fix something you are focusing your energies on the issue and possible putting pressure on the dog so this is counter productive in your case.
Hope that makes sense.
You have to use the no touch, talk or eye contact with the dog for a while when you greet it. This will take any pressure off the dog and the dog will get used to you again with out feeling you want something from it.
|08-17-2013 03:31 AM|
Here she is.
|08-17-2013 03:15 AM|
Submissive Urination - 8 month old
Cosette is the most amazing dog. She is the most intuitive and intelligent dog that has ever been a part of our family. I am absolutely and utterly in love with her.
Here's the problem: With me, she loses too much confidence. If she thinks I am upset with her, she will wet herself.
She is an extremely confident dog otherwise. I am not tough with my dogs... I am naturally a type A, but I mostly use positive reinforcement methods. How do I handle this without being toooo soft? I've trained 9 dogs so far... and she is by far the brightest, but also the most sensitive.
Are there any confidence building exercises?
I spoke with a GSD breeder, and she said that it is normal for some dogs for their first year. Anyone else experience this?