|10-27-2013 10:40 PM|
Welcome to the forums. Sounds you and Buddy have a lifelong friendship and journey ahead together ! Looking forwards to some pics!
|10-27-2013 07:59 PM|
He sounds like a wonderful dog and companion.
|10-27-2013 07:28 PM|
|Loneforce||To you and Buddy!|
|10-27-2013 07:27 PM|
|Nikitta||Welcome and glad you found a smart dog. He's still young. Sound's like your doing all the right stuff. Keep it up.He'll learn.|
|10-27-2013 07:17 PM|
|Shade||I believe we learn the most from the more "trouble" dogs in our lives, though each dog that comes through our life has something to teach us I hope Buddy brings you many years of joy!|
|10-27-2013 06:53 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||congrats on Buddy and welcome..of course we love to see pictures)|
|10-27-2013 06:48 PM|
I think I really lucked out with Buddy!
This is my first post on the forum, but have been learning a lot from other posters in the training sections.
I just adopted my first GSD-Buddy-a month ago. He is now 15 months old, neutered male, black and tan with some sable sections on his body and red coloring on his face and ears, very beautiful. The agency I adopted from who claims to have years of experience with GSDs thinks he has some Czech Border Patrol lineage in him. He is about 55 pounds.
I was getting pretty nervous at first and wondered if I made a mistake. He is extremely active, of course, and had not been trained well in his initial years. Wild and unresponsive when he really gets going, jumps up, difficult to control at first. He cried at night in his crate for at least 30 minutes each night. I thought life as I knew it was ruined and my husband was becoming pretty stressed about it. I started reading about how to manage jumping at the door (when I leave and when I get back), and how to walk him with a prong collar (great videos on that in this forum) and lo and behold, he responds like a champ! I taught him sit and stay at the door, ONCE, and now he sits still at the door while I leave for work, no problem! I don't even have to say the command. (Still working on the jumping when I return home, though).
In terms of the crating issue, one night was so bad none of us slept all night, and he destroyed the crate. My vet had indicated he has some wear and tear on his canines, probably from chewing on a crate, so crating at night must have been a bad experience for him when he was younger. At any rate, I set up a big dog pillow next to my bed and gave him an antler to chew on-I thought I would be working with him all night to keep him on the floor, but again, he responded like a charm! Still working on not jumping up on the bed, but once the lights go out, he is quiet at night and settles right down.
Basically, what was described to me as a "project" that would keep me "with my hands full" has turned into a blessing. He is a big love bug, loves hugs and kisses, quick to learn, walks well on a leash and has GREAT recall. Just a whistle and he is right there! Protective but not fearful, follows me everywhere. He has settled in nicely with my family and our schedule. We now leave him free in the house alone on occasion and no problems at all.
Don't get me wrong, he can be a brat-counter surfing, jumping on the bed, jumping on me at times, getting seriously rowdy, all testing me, I think, as he should know he is not supposed to do these things by now. I say the word "off" a hundred times a day, I swear, but he DOES respond to that command. I am concerned that he thinks its a game at this point.
Anyway, I am relieved and happy to have him and look forward to interacting with you all about how to train this big, strong puppy with some bad manners but good intentions!
Julie and Buddy