|10-05-2013 10:31 PM|
|Mary Beth||I wonder if it isn't so much learning new tricks as the attention and praise that she gets from you when she does the tricks and you are teaching her. When you stopped teaching her, she feels neglected, so she acts up - refuses to sit, doesn't look at you, walks away from you and so on. Since you have taught her many tricks, I suggest you set up a schedule - she does a series of tricks at a certain time - receives praise, then maybe you take her for a walk - later in the day - a different set of tricks, again she receives praise for a job well done, then at a different time - do the tracking - again praise - the sessions don't need to be long - but just enough to have her do something and receive praise from you. Of course, she can help around the house, like Troika in the Monks of New Skete "The Art of Raising a Puppy" - this gsd gets the newspaper, carries a laundry basket, takes dishes off the table -amazing and all I can get my Sting to do is to move out of the way when I vacuum|
|10-05-2013 03:37 PM|
Jobs For A GSD
My GSD is a female and is old, she is extremely smart and I trained her to do a lot of stuff. She loves learning but I'm running out of things to teach her. Lately she has been acting up, for example, when I tell her to sit she won't look at me and refuses to sit. When I walk her without the leash she will leave my side (which is unlike her) and will wander away. I try to call her back yet she doesn't respond. This all started when I slowed down the learning new tricks. She is hyper for her age (8 years). I was thinking, maybe I can't train her new things but I can give her an activity to release that excess energy. I hear GSD's do very well when their given tasks to do. I work with her a lot on tracking scents but this doesn't seem to be enough. I take her for many walks daily but this doesn't seem to help either. Is there a job I could have her do (keep in mind, she is eight years old) lol. Thanks!
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