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01-29-2014 01:25 PM
utsavized Update:

We have practiced NILIF strictly now for about 3 weeks and the change is amazing. We also upped his exercise -- we were very limited due to the fact that we live in the city. But we found a place (like a warehouse, but padded with soft rubber) that we can rent and have my dog play ball, or they can set out some fun agility equipment. The change has been amazing. He is much more manageable inside the apartment -- calmer, much more obedient and in general just a great dog to be around. We are still working on the separation anxiety issues.

Where one problem left, however, another began. He is now suddenly a very reactive dog, and hates every other dog. After a bunch of issues and the situation we were in, we decided that it would be best if we sent him back to his breeder (very accomplished trainers and great people) for 30 days. More on that here if you are interested: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post4926674
01-10-2014 06:34 PM
utsavized
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A trainer that understands the working line breed....priceless! Don't know where we would be!
We will definitely keep this in mind. I will post progress in a week or so.
Thank you so much!
01-10-2014 05:53 PM
mcdanfam
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We currently live in Seattle (thank god!). Sorry, my profile still says Chicago. So weather has not been an issue. What has been the issue is us having to cut down his exercise because he gets into a fight with every other dog, so we are weary of having him off-leash. And due to the same reason, he does not get to socialize. It is like a Catch 22, he is getting aggressive, so to solve that I need to socialize him. But because he is aggressive (at least barking a lot), no one wants to socialize with him

I will up his walking for now, and try to tire him out mentally until this improves (or until I find some solution). I will search for crate games and see how it goes.

Thank you!
I would find a trainer that works with working line dogs. That helped us as miles and Millie are our first shepherds. We needed the instruction as much as the dogs did.
Millie barked at all dogs....not to be mean...but thought it was playtime...it was still irritating and was not what we wanted from a dog. She was flog this around 4 months old. That is about the same time we started with the 3rd trainer, the one we wish we would have had from the beginning....he said she should not be paying attention to anything and we should turn and walk in the opposite direction. Turn and go back...if she barked again, turn, turn back and try again....a little faster and keeping her attention. After many turns and 3 hours (short practices added together, but not all at one time)....he prefers short, positive sessions to keep the dogs attitude enjoying training and work. 9 months later...She passed her therapy dog test with flying colors...and never pays attention to another dog, while playing, working, or training.
Another tip was always to leave the practice while she was behaving so it ended while everyone was happy...and it was a fun ending...:-)
A trainer that understands the working line breed....priceless! Don't know where we would be!


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01-10-2014 05:42 PM
mcdanfam
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You have just described Titan. Thanks!
It is definitely entertaining and always great for a laugh but it is exhausting! The first time he did it, had a big growth spurt, and lasted three weeks...did it again recently...1 week and a couple of days....and another small growth spurt. I am definitely seeing a pattern. The behavior seems to happen around the growth spurts, which usually mean...maturing for kids...thinking the same thing for dogs....:-)
Your Titan sounds like a fun baby...:-) big personality.


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01-10-2014 05:32 PM
utsavized
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In the past few weeks, your weather has been crazy. I suspect even though you may have the best intentions, your exercise schedule is off. Also, I'll bet due to the adverse weather, your normal routine has changed as well. This can cause behavioral changes in your pup.
We currently live in Seattle (thank god!). Sorry, my profile still says Chicago. So weather has not been an issue. What has been the issue is us having to cut down his exercise because he gets into a fight with every other dog, so we are weary of having him off-leash. And due to the same reason, he does not get to socialize. It is like a Catch 22, he is getting aggressive, so to solve that I need to socialize him. But because he is aggressive (at least barking a lot), no one wants to socialize with him

I will up his walking for now, and try to tire him out mentally until this improves (or until I find some solution). I will search for crate games and see how it goes.

Thank you!
01-10-2014 05:28 PM
utsavized
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By spastic, I mean..,like a toddler in a circle of 16 of his favorite things...trying to play with all of them at once...back and forth...here, there....almost everywhere at the same time!
You have just described Titan. Thanks!
01-10-2014 05:27 PM
utsavized
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Originally Posted by lafalce View Post
Do you still keep in touch with the breeder??? Maybe they can give you some advice on what to do since they know their dogs.

I would ask them and see what they suggest. Good luck and hang in there!!!!
Yes, we are. Although this behavior change happened recently, so haven't had a chance to talk to them about it. I am thinking of sending a message out today.

They are located in IL, and have an amazing training program for obedience, agility, competition, etc. Unfortunately we moved to WA ... it would have been much easier to have him train with them were we back in Chicago.

Thank you!
01-10-2014 05:21 PM
utsavized
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Your dog is testing you and winning every time.
This is very true. He is so persistent that two of us (my girlfriend and I) together cannot get him corrected all the time. And then it comes a repetition of bite-ouch-remove yourself from the room-come out in 2 mins-bite-repeat, until we get very frustrated as each of us has a lot of other stuff to get done as well.

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If she cries while in the crate, do not let her out until it stops (except for bathroom breaks). I would leave her in the crate for as long as it takes.
This is what we have been doing right now. But we will work harder to incorporate a consistent schedule to that going forward and see if that helps!

Thank you!
01-10-2014 05:14 PM
lafalce Do you still keep in touch with the breeder??? Maybe they can give you some advice on what to do since they know their dogs.

I would ask them and see what they suggest. Good luck and hang in there!!!!
01-10-2014 04:14 PM
mcdanfam
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Just throwing this out there, could he be reaching his sexual maturity? That is the first thing I thought of when reading about his behavioral change.
Sounds like our male when he finally hit the age of 11-11.5 months old! We had to increase his playtime....had to add more mental exercise....treat puzzles, hiding toys, treats, our kids....anything to give him a job! He for 3 weeks acted spastic! Could not wear him out!!! And if we skipped one second of playtime, or training....he would make you want pull your hair out! On rainy days we have learned to wake, and bust outside anyway. Both of our dogs when bored will get things they know they should not have....run around in front of us....I believe it is their way of communicating they need to burn some mental and physical energy! I could be wrong....but in our case....it worked wonders! Back on track and completely focused on whoever is handling him at the time!
By spastic, I mean..,like a toddler in a circle of 16 of his favorite things...trying to play with all of them at once...back and forth...here, there....almost everywhere at the same time!
Good luck! It was a long three weeks at our house but once we figured it out....the extra work, and mental games worked to settle his energy.


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