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12-11-2013 11:14 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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Originally Posted by KonkorFour View Post

But at the same time I don't want to put him into classes, I know it would be so much easier but he's a very clever dog. I know for a fact he can understand but I think due to being left alone a lot he just gets very bored. That's why I'd love to train him myself and then be able to leave him out more, I let him out in the garden as much as possible too so he's not cramped up 24/7 but most days I get home and he's tore things apart or chewed the lawn mower. I've been buying him toys and trying to get him to realize that they're his and he should be chewing these instead but I'm not too sure he really cares lol.
While clearly you can train by yourself, as you can see by the situation you are in, it's difficult and challenging.

It's why MANY of us go to classes. Because it's not about teaching the dogs. They are pretty much always smart and sponges WHEN WE ARE DOING IT RIGHT! The fact is we go to classes to get the information, then go home for the rest of the week and WE train our dogs. Then go back to class to get more tips/hints on our progress, and learn NEW things we practice and train during the week...

The problem is we don't come with the natural knowledge to teach them the fastest and clearest way so they progress well. So when WE go to classes we learn. And then our pups learn so much faster and the progress is clear so we don't have to then rehome our dogs.....

For the pulling I'd recommend getting the Gentle Leader Harness until you can do the training well. Easy and fast to get control.


12-11-2013 08:26 AM
Baillif
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Originally Posted by David Taggart View Post
I suppose, ypur dog doesn't chew your furniture in your presence? This condition is called "separation anxiety", and he might need medication. Vertually, it was your father who "trained" your dog to chew items because... Dogs are social creatures:
http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/dogtra...-Martin-Deeley
That condition is called I don't chew the furniture in their presence because I will be told not to.
12-11-2013 08:01 AM
PhoenixGuardian
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Originally Posted by KonkorFour View Post
Okay well I've been keeping him out a lot more and making sure everyone else does, he seems to wander around a lot like he's not sure what to do but he's constantly wagging his tail and coming up to people now.

Hasn't yet tried to chew anything and he's been pretty behaved on walks too.
Its already working
12-11-2013 08:01 AM
PhoenixGuardian Hi there,
Your boy is one year old, right? Thats the age when they are finally almost grown up (they think) and they start to need more. You've bought him some toys, which is good. Do you have a Kong by chance? If so, put some peanut butter or chicken (or both) in there when he is home alone. It won't last too long, but its something for him to do. I'm really glad your stepping up Your dog deserves you.
When my dog hit that age, I had a lot of the same problems, only his came out in territorial aggression, even though he has a big yard to run and play in. Anyway, if you aren't all that sure on classes, what about getting involved in a sport of some kind? There are lots of things you can do with a GSD to help them, and they do love a good challenge. Do you know anyone around you who has a dog that you can walk together with? Its a lot harder to say "I'm super tired, been working all day, I'll play with you tomorrow" (Which I have done many times!) If you have a friend telling you to come on!
As the others have said, he just needs more. As for training, what does he know, and what do you hope to teach him??

12-11-2013 06:19 AM
KonkorFour Okay well I've been keeping him out a lot more and making sure everyone else does, he seems to wander around a lot like he's not sure what to do but he's constantly wagging his tail and coming up to people now.

Hasn't yet tried to chew anything and he's been pretty behaved on walks too.
12-09-2013 03:45 PM
David Taggart
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he chews a lot of stuff
I suppose, ypur dog doesn't chew your furniture in your presence? This condition is called "separation anxiety", and he might need medication. Vertually, it was your father who "trained" your dog to chew items because... Dogs are social creatures:
http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/dogtra...-Martin-Deeley
12-09-2013 02:01 PM
Baillif
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Originally Posted by Bequavious View Post
He really doesn't have any way to know the toys are different from the lawn mower, especially once he's in the habit of chewing. The best thing I've found to combat a chewing problem (other than the already mentioned exercise) is management. Don't give him access to anything he's not allowed to chew unless you're there to supervise. When you're supervising and he goes after something that's not his, tell him no and redirect him to one of his toys. When you're not able to supervise leave him in a crate, the kitchen, or some other dog proofed area where he's not capable of chewing anything that's not his, with a variety of his own toys so that those are his only options. He'll get the hang of it and as he proves himself reliable you can grant him access to other areas. Or if you're set on leaving him in the garden, wear his little butt out so much he just sleeps the whole time you're gone.


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That's the route I'd go. You kill two birds with one stone because the trading exercises help prevent guarding behaviors.
12-09-2013 01:47 PM
Bequavious
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Originally Posted by KonkorFour View Post
Thank you for the replies, it really helps a lot and I am willing to do anything it takes. As for when on walks, a lot of the time he's okay, I mean like there's been times when children run up to him and I'm afraid in case he tries play fighting but he's absolutely fine with them and let's them stroke him but other times with adults mostly males in hoodies or what some call chavs he barks or looks like he's about to nip.

I do my best to pull him back but he's a very strong dog which is why I was thinking about getting him a muzzle for when we're on walks just in-case.

But at the same time I don't want to put him into classes, I know it would be so much easier but he's a very clever dog. I know for a fact he can understand but I think due to being left alone a lot he just gets very bored. That's why I'd love to train him myself and then be able to leave him out more, I let him out in the garden as much as possible too so he's not cramped up 24/7 but most days I get home and he's tore things apart or chewed the lawn mower. I've been buying him toys and trying to get him to realize that they're his and he should be chewing these instead but I'm not too sure he really cares lol.
He really doesn't have any way to know the toys are different from the lawn mower, especially once he's in the habit of chewing. The best thing I've found to combat a chewing problem (other than the already mentioned exercise) is management. Don't give him access to anything he's not allowed to chew unless you're there to supervise. When you're supervising and he goes after something that's not his, tell him no and redirect him to one of his toys. When you're not able to supervise leave him in a crate, the kitchen, or some other dog proofed area where he's not capable of chewing anything that's not his, with a variety of his own toys so that those are his only options. He'll get the hang of it and as he proves himself reliable you can grant him access to other areas. Or if you're set on leaving him in the garden, wear his little butt out so much he just sleeps the whole time you're gone.


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12-09-2013 11:37 AM
Baillif Might not be a bad idea. If he was consistently going after people you were intimidated by too he might just be reading off of you. Definitely go find that book though it is on the older side so the library should have it. By the time you're done with it you should have a solid game plan for whatever behavior changes you need to make.
12-09-2013 11:36 AM
KonkorFour
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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
I guess that isn't too terribly bad. Around here males in hoodies get shot sometimes on "accident." I hear people tend to get away with it too.

*Edit*

COUGH ZIMMERMAN COUGH
Most of the people like that around my area tend to do drugs and stuff so I think he just gets a bad vibe from them, but would muzzling him be a good idea just to stay safe?
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