|10-30-2013 10:03 PM|
Your trainer doesn't sound like the brightest dog in the park.
There is nothing wrong with your dog that a little work on your part won't fix.
If you want a good dog, it's all up to you.
|10-27-2013 12:48 PM|
|Blanketback||Your wife must be an awfully nice person Lol, if someone made the same suggestion to me, I'd have ripped right into them. After all, you're paying someone to help train your dog - so where's the training? I'm not a big fan of unsolicited advice. I once met some fairly well know trainers at a trade show, and they told me they, "didn't like the look in my GSD's eyes - he was untrustworthy." OMG, really?! What in the heck does that mean? Fortunately I was able to walk away without laughing right in their faces, but it was a close call, lol. You definitely need a second opinion - and forget about that first one altogether. Maybe your pup was acting unruly and wasn't respecting your wife, and maybe your pup did seem like he was going to redirect into a nip, but ahem - that's what "training" is all about.|
|10-27-2013 11:49 AM|
|10-27-2013 11:45 AM|
|llombardo||I didn't even read all the responses yet, I'll reply first. My male WAS reactive(he had no training, socialization, or manners), until I found the right trainer. I went through several trainers, listened to what they advised and kinda put it all together until I found the right trainer. The last one I went to said my dog wouldn't be allowed in class until he had some one on one training, which was a couple hundred per session. My dog was really bad and I was determined to make it right. The same day I called another trainer, actually one that I was holding as a last resort. I brought him in the next day to get evaluated before class started. We walked the grounds to get used to the smells and then the trainer showed up with two very stable senior GSD's. when my dog looked at those dogs I swear I seen respect in his eyes. He didn't react and responded well to the trainer. I got this dog in May and this was in The beginning of September. He started classes the day of the evaluation and has never reacted again. They fitted him with a proper prong and everything. 2 weeks after his first class he passed his CGC and became a certified therapy dog. I wouldn't have thought in a million years he would. In fact I wasn't going to test him for the therapy part but the instructors/evaluators recommended it. Find a trainer that knows the breed, a GSD club is a good place, they know and understand the breed. Do not listen to your trainer, find a new one.|
|10-27-2013 11:26 AM|
take him out and about for training and socializing. train
and socialize everyday. i like training in short sessions.
each session last 5 to 10 minutes. as the dog starts to learn
i add more time to the training sessions. i conduct many sessions
doing the course of a day.
i think your trainer is in question.
|10-27-2013 11:10 AM|
Many many dogs are leash reactive and can be worked thru it.
I'd absolutey go with another trainer, hopefully one more familiar with the breed. And if your breeder was a 'responsible' breeder they WANT us to call and update them with our pups progress and should be more than able to add hints/tips/suggestions.
This seem familiar:
|10-27-2013 12:18 AM|
Another thought is to go, and watch your wife handle the dog in that environment. When we are on the other end of the leash, we see some stuff, and we miss some stuff. A third-person perspective is really good, because we can see how the dog is responding to changes in the person handling the dog.
Halfway through the session, you should take over and see if the dog reacts differently with you on the other end of the leash than he does with your wife. It will give you more information.
I can't stand trainers that see getting rid of the dog as an option so I'd definitely try someone else out as well.[/QUOTE]
I am not sure I agree with this. Some people are over-matched with a dog, and some dogs have some screws loose, and some owners need someone to give them a kind of permission to consider giving the dog up. I don't think it should be considered lightly. The wrong dog in the wrong hands is a liability. Some people should not own some GSDs. Some dogs have serious problems. And I think most breeders would rather get the dog back, than to find out later that it bit someone badly and had to be put down.
|10-27-2013 12:02 AM|
I'm assuming when the 40 people were over he wasn't on leash. Sounds like he might have leash aggression issues...lots of dogs develop this. And its out of fear...the dog knows it can't run away, so it goes into a fight response. Many dogs won't back down when on leash because they don't have a choice...what's the point of backing down if you've only got 6 feet to go back. What if the threat keeps coming? Better reaction is to put up a fight right away and see if the threat backs down first.
I would also test it with YOU as the handler and not your wife. See how he reacts. My boy is much more protective of my GF than he is of me. He'll even stand up to me if he thinks she's in danger (fake fight).
I can't stand trainers that see getting rid of the dog as an option so I'd definitely try someone else out as well.
|10-26-2013 10:22 PM|
A 10 month old puppy that is just starting to mature and test their power againsr the outside world?
Odd I NEVER would of thought! -sarcasm-
Berlin is 9 months old and is starting to sound pretty big and tough from his crate in the car when he sees other dogs or people walk by. This dog is the biggest goofball and would kill someone with kisses first. I want and expect my dogs to he confident in everything they do.
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|10-26-2013 09:58 PM|
Still thinking it over. Can't get my head around this person telling my wife that she should consider trying to return him to the breeder after meeting him twice.(1 was an eval, the other one on one) He has never bitten anyone, is very good with my children and any others he's met, and of course we watch that closely. I think we should probably look for someone who has more experience with GSDs and who can at least say, 'let's work on this' rather than 'on a scale of 1-10, how attached are you?' Thank you all again for the advice. I do appreciate it.
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