|09-12-2013 01:12 PM|
It did help when we were able to take a class in the summer in a big open field. We both loved it.
When we were in the small space building it helped if I got there a tad bit early and walked around the parking lot with him, then brought him in the training room and we walked the perimeter together and would go through some obedience. Then when the other dogs started to arrive he was already there, sniffed around and wasn't "oh my gosh, oh my gosh there's a dog". We worked on "watch me" a lot and I would stop his gaze and distractions by asking for watch me and blocking his view if I had to. Seemed generic but it worked. He eventually caught on and I started to look forward to going to the classes with him. Good luck
|09-12-2013 10:57 AM|
|09-12-2013 10:29 AM|
I like that you are not giving up. Here are a few puppy tips I learned: A hungry dog will work for food - do not feed the dog before training. A tired dog is a good dog - a work out before training will take some of the energy out and let the dog focus. Nothing in life is free - the dog has to do something for everything it gets, whether a toy or treat. Practice eye attention with a clicker - when the dog looks at you, click and treat. Eye attention is the key to keeping their head where it should be during training. If the dog is totally ignoring you, be more interesting - happy voice, animated body language, etc.
Also we used to do an exercise in puppy class (in which all dogs had shots already etc) In the beginning of class all dogs are on their mats, then we get up and walk around in a circle stopping at each mat and let the dog sniff, move on until you get back to your own mat. That way the dogs get to smell each other without actually meeting face to face. Keep up the good work, you are at the stubborn adolescent stage - it will pass.
|09-12-2013 10:16 AM|
Thanks everyone. The only other classes in our areas ARE smaller .. they're at Petsmart. While I've heard good things about the trainers that work at our local Petsmart, the area they use would be wayyyy too small for my 5 month old pup. He's great at home and knows his basic commands and a trick or two as well. It's just the proximity of other dogs. It was just a bit much. I took him out (we do make field trips once or twice a week) and he did do better without so much stimulation, although still a toot. And he's a shopaholic!! He finds all kinds of things that he needs at Petsmart. We also walked down to Lowe's and around.
It was just a comedy (dark comedy) of errors. First class .. in a hurry to get there as it is a bit of a drive and I knew a lot would be there to sign up. He had banged his shoulder while chasing a softball this weekend so I've been curtailing his activity some since then. It just all boiled over. Didn't make me feel less harried about half way through the class when I'm sweating, my hands are red and my pup is having a grand time!
It would be nice to have a big open field to work in .. except it's still around 100 ish degrees here with high humidity and enough mosquitoes to carry off a water buffalo. I could have definitely used some more room to get away from the herd a bit.
|09-12-2013 10:00 AM|
OP, it's understandable to get frustrated, as long as you aren't taking it out on your pup (and it doesn't sound like you are).
Working with high drive, high energy dogs is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure!
Keep at it! I totally understand your frustration, my pup has a low threshold and needs to learn how to cap her drives. It can make for some pretty frustrating training, especially for a green handler like me, but every now and then I see a glimmer of hope!
Is there another training place with smaller classes near you? Maybe a smaller class size will help?
|09-12-2013 08:19 AM|
|robk||Very high drive puppy in to close proximity to very high distractions. I agree with crackem. Move away from the other dogs. Bring him out side of the reactivity Zone then work on engagement. I think a puppy class is better in a big field. That way you can slowly reduce the size of the reactivity zone as his focus becomes more solid.|
|09-12-2013 07:38 AM|
My dog Minka was exactly that way as a puppy in that it was one big meet and greet in her mind. I did not let her go up to the other dogs and asked people to give us a little room. When I had her in puppy agility she would come out or over obstacles and dash for the first dog she would see. Instead of focusing on agility I was busy setting myself up to head her off. One thing I found that helped was 1. Exercise her BEFORE I went to training. Getting rid of her excess energy made it easier for her to settle down. 2. Bring really good treats and a toy she really liked and get her focus that way. 3. And as mentioned, try and put space between yourself and others and just work on getting his attention.
I kept telling myself that I would rather have a overly dog friendly GSD pup than a dog aggressive GSD
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|09-11-2013 11:10 PM|
Daisy, i asked my husband when we were going to get another puppy. He said "bit until i forget about this one! "
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|09-11-2013 10:32 PM|
Galathiel no advice here just some commiseration. I swear I spent two years apologizing to a variety of people when Daisy was a pup. You sound very knowledgeable and experienced . I hope to have a puppy sometime in the distant future but reading your story is bringing back the memories of Daisy and Lucky as puppies and young adolescents. Whoa I think I might start taking vitamins right now. I had to laugh as you described his reactions. in class. Once on a ride home from OB class I told Daisy one of us was going to run the show and it wasn't her. She at that time managed to somehow get out of her seat restraint and ripped my medication bag from the pharmacy drive thru open. Yeah obviously the boss position was still open in her mind. I have to say she settled down eventually had great recall and it one day dawned on me I hadn't had to apologize to anyone for a long time. Sitting here w/three seniors I love reading the posts re all these puppies. Hang on that time is so short. It wont be like this for long or at least that is what the song says.
|09-11-2013 10:22 PM|
i didn't mean to say "you always set up play/socializing/training dates with one or two dogs". i meant to to say "you could set play/socializing/training dates with one or two dogs. training around one or two dogs maybe easier on your dog. i like having private lessons in the begining of training.
QUOTE=doggiedad;4191834]5 months old. don't wait for class to train. train and socialize
everyday. i like training in short sessions. each session last 5 to 10
minutes. you can make the session longer as the dog learns. you
can conduct a lot of sessions during the course of a day. i like
adding in distractions slowly. i think it's much for a puppy to try
to learn something when there's distractions because almost
everything is a distraction to a pup. train indoors and outside.
>>>>>you always set up play/socializing/training dates with one or two dogs.<<<<< [/QUOTE]
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