|09-30-2013 03:53 PM|
|lovemytb||Never EVER hit your dog for anything especially GSD that has a natural drive and protection instinct. I don't know where you got the idea of slamming your dog on the ground but its a very bad idea and you are getting exactly what you are asking. You have to say "no" very loudly that you might even scare him. You need to redirect his attention to a toy that he likes and play with him but never ever hit him. It is normal for a puppy of any breed to bite while he is growing and teething. My puppy still bites every now and again but much less than he did in the beginning. I simply scream loud with a stern voice "NO" and he stops. I have to keep doing this until he no longer bites me. Now every time I say NO in a stern voice he stops biting. I do the same thing when he is trying to grab my cat playfully. I have a toy that I can play tug of war with him and when he wants to bite me I grab that toy and play with him. I let him bite the toy and make him tug on it and after awhile he gets tired so I give him the toy and he literally goes onto something else. Also NEVER EVER be afraid of your dog!!! Dogs know when you are afraid of him and you MUST establish yourself as a pack leader. Somewhere during his development you have made him think that he is the pack leader and that has to change in order for anything to change with your dog. You must work on commands with him, work with him outside, exercise him, and insert yourself as a leader of his pack. Until than the dog will walk all over you. My suggestion is to get a good trainer to come to your house and work with you on these issues. Do it ASAP or you will miss the most important time of a puppy that can still change. I would hate to see this beautiful dog end up in a shelter because you didn't seek professional help. I will say this to anyone; its not the dogs fault its ALWAYS the owners fault.|
|09-24-2013 03:31 AM|
|09-23-2013 07:13 PM|
Don't sweat what's been done. You didn't hurt the dog, pups like yours are plenty tough. You should see a herd of them playing together at the park. The slams they give each other can be pretty rough and they just get up and keep on playing.
There are ways to establish yourself as pack leader but no one in this site was ever comfortable telling me it was okay, it took my dogs breeder to help me learn.
Not responding to the bites is the best solution to your problem , but if the problem is too far past that, investing a few hours in some one on one training with a pro might be the best present you can give to yourself and your bro while he's out of the picture.
Good luck, it'll get better.
|09-23-2013 03:28 PM|
Boomer11 it might have helped from the beginning if you had stated that you were not experienced with this breed as a puppy and you were taking care of your brothers dog. Since the title of your post was "MY' 5 month old pup scares me" I assumed, as I'm guessing most here did, that it was your dog. My advise would have been different if I had known it was "not" your puppy. I would not have suggested you re-home the pup had I known it was not yours to do so and that the situation is temporary. If you took that as unkind advise I do apologize. Please know that I believe sometimes good people get in over their with pets. Not all breeds are right for all people. Some people should never have a pet of any kind. I'm not judging just saying it happens.
That said: you have been given some very good advise as to how to handle the situation while you are charged to care for your brothers beloved puppy. I have nothing to add to that advise. Just to say good luck, have patience and hope your brother is well soon so he can take his puppy off your hands.
|09-23-2013 03:20 PM|
|NTexFoster||face palm and moving on. there is no profit to be had from this thread.|
|09-23-2013 03:14 PM|
There are many threads on biting and redirecting. Use the search function here to see what you can find. If you can't find anything to help, then ask for more specific answers.
|09-23-2013 02:58 PM|
|Blanketback||Your brother was right to tell you to up the exercise. Your parents were wrong, and I guess you figured that out too, lol. The thing is, usually when someone says to exercise the dog, the first thing that comes to mind is a leashed walk. Maybe for some dogs that's enough, but not for many. What are you doing with this puppy to wear it out? BTW, there's no need to run and hide from this thread just because some of the replies aren't helping you, lol. Some of us do care about your brother's puppy.|
|09-23-2013 02:44 PM|
|boomer11||im just going to feed the dog and then go hide in my room until my brother is well enough to walk again. i've told him i cant control the dog but he just told me to exercise it more. my parents told me to just hit the dog a couple of times and it'll listen but that clearly didnt work so i used his account to come here to ask for advice. i was just worried that i myself somehow turned his pup into a vicious dog. based on the replies i guess this is normal for a german shepherd pup. this thread has gotten pretty nasty so im done. thanks for those who actually tried to help. for everyone else, not everyone is a dog expert and most dogs i've met DO NOT try to hunt everything in sight!|
|09-23-2013 01:11 PM|
It sounds like a pretty tough puppy with strong prey drive, bored out of its mind, chewing stuff, and when the person comes, the pup is using the person as an awesome play toy.
Definitely the physical interaction (slamming him) is only making the puppy play harder and stronger.
Now, I do not know what your brother's expectations are for this puppy. If he intends to use the dog for protection, shutzhund, he may not want you to train the puppy aversely not to bite. That doesn't mean you need to allow this puppy to chew on you. I think you should talk to your brother about the puppy's biting, and ask him what he wants for you to do. Playing tug, redirecting to a toy, removing your bitable parts and ignoring the puppy for a period of time, correcting with an ipe! or NO BITE!, teaching him the GENTLE command with treats, and teaching to be gentle with your fingers, arms, etc., exercising the puppy and playing with it to tire it out -- lots of ways without physically correcting the puppy. But the dog is your brother's dog, you should visit him and explain what is happening with the dog and ask suggestions from him. First.
The pup looks like a nice puppy, and is normal. I am not over concerned about the rabbits, except that he can get tape-worm, from eating rabbits, so it is probably a good idea to worm him, and prevent it. It isn't hard to prevent a dog from getting to a rabbit, keep the dog in a fenced area or on a long line.
The problem with his being allowed to catch and eat rabbits, is that his already high prey drive is being rewarded with fresh meat -- a pretty significant reward. So teaching the dog to walk nicely on lead or off, and he sees a rabbit, his brain and experience is likely to over-ride the guy who is telling him to heel or stay or come.
I would not correct my dog for killing a rabbit. I probably would not have let my own dog eat the rabbit. If I did, I would take the rabbit from the dog, and skin it, and clean it first, maybe even freeze it for a few days, and then give it to the dog. I just wouldn't want to reward the prey drive.
But someone else's dog? No way. I would be so concerned about the safety of someone else's dog that it would not have access to a rabbit, unless the rabbit came into a securely fenced area. And at that point, because everyone is different about whether or not their dog should eat raw, I would probably not let the dog eat the thing.
|09-23-2013 11:38 AM|
|Jax08||I think this should be treated as a person truly needing advice. This username isn't a "new" member so I would take the post at face value. After all, shouldn't this be about the puppy?|
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