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03-04-2014 09:58 PM
glowingtoadfly Clicker training and matwork can be so helpful with confidence building
03-04-2014 09:16 PM
sigh Thought I'd update you guys.


Bear is settling in now. I found the Leerburg site and am waiting on my "basic Dog Obedience" dvd........but was able to stream a preview (then the stream went wonky)......so started some training. We're doing basic marker training and OMG..........the DIFFERENCE in this dog lol. So much more interested and social. Poor guy, I just think he needed someone to pay attention to him . Also, from my research I've concluded that he is a "soft" dog and semi-submissive (he's not a roll-over, pee, crouch......just will take himself to his safe place if he's done)............so I'm giving him lots of lee-way right now and trying to build his confidence (NILIF would NOT work on this dog IMO).

He's an ANGEL with me..............and will now play "stick" with my son (not "fetch"......"stick" lol).............but whenever my husband even LOOKS at him he goes to his safe place with his tail down? NO AGGRESSION, but a whole lot of avoidance.

Honestly, that's OK with me.....IDC if he likes other people/dogs or not, but it bothers my husband. Should I worry about this at this point? Bear has only been here about a month..............my thinking is give it 6 MONTHS.


PS: I don't want a Lab.........I chose a shepherd BECAUSE it is an aloof dog that's very owner oriented........but, really, he needs to accept my husband LOL. And, I want to emphasize AGAIN that Bear is in NO WAY AGGRESSIVE, not once.
02-22-2014 08:35 PM
sigh So happy. Decided to let him off leash in the field today (we are surrounded by a defunct golf course) and he played with a ball! No fetch but he ran for it and we played "my ball, no mine" for half an hour. And he has pretty good recall, really good actually. Oddly "sit" doesn't register, but "stay" seems to. At this point I'm just feeling him out though so no worries.

This is one great dog and I am so excited to start working with him. I feel blessed.
02-22-2014 02:11 AM
Chip18 Well the scent thing is great. And the toy thing your not alone! My other dogs loved toys but Rocky my GSD ,toys are off absolutely no interest to him whatsoever!


But yeah I can live with that!
02-21-2014 10:32 PM
sigh
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Be sure and give us an assessment at the end of two weeks! Tell us what you think. I never knew about it when we got our GSD and brought him into a home with an already existing Dominant Male dog and a female Boxer. BIG MISTAKE!!!

So I went the "How to Break Up a Dog Fight route"...not recommended!!!

Two week shutdown would most likely have prevented my problems! Live and learn!

Lol...........well, Bear is the only dog here so I have it easier. The two weeks will be up Tuesday and things are going GREAT! His URI seems gone, although we'll keep up the antibiotics until the end and he's so, so much more social. No doubt....he had pneumonia so he wasn't up for interaction lol.


It's pretty clear he was never physically abused and somebody leash-trained him. However, the poor guy doesn't know what a ball, stick or toy is smh. I'd love it if he would play; he's only 2.


The one thing I've really noticed is that he is SO so entranced by smells..........lol, he gets a scent and whoa he wants to find out where it came from. I will try to build on that in training.


Bought a 30' training rope today and next Wed. will be our first serious training day...............wish me luck
02-20-2014 02:37 PM
Chip18 Be sure and give us an assessment at the end of two weeks! Tell us what you think. I never knew about it when we got our GSD and brought him into a home with an already existing Dominant Male dog and a female Boxer. BIG MISTAKE!!!

So I went the "How to Break Up a Dog Fight route"...not recommended!!!

Two week shutdown would most likely have prevented my problems! Live and learn!
02-19-2014 09:34 PM
sigh Baby steps lol
02-19-2014 09:12 PM
Chip18
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Okay...........need a brighter note. Took Bear for his evening walk and he did the little jump, tail-wag, spin of an excited dog for the first time. YAY!
Well that is great news! Slow and steady!
02-19-2014 07:36 PM
sigh
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Please stay away from the Trifexis and Comfortis(can't spell it) something like that. It's bad news, Freedom of Information Acts being filed to get information on dog deaths released! 700 dogs is the number I've seen!

The searching thing is good, I'd hide a toy in the house and give a treat as a reward. You might want to try that?

Yes, it made me uneasy. I am not fond of the over-pharmaceuticalization (lol, made up that word) going on in this country. You should have seen the reaction of the pediatricians when I had my son 12 years ago and DARED to question the safety and efficacy of his mandated vaccs lol. I also made the decision to NOT put my Otis (my dearly beloved shepherd/newfie mix) on Rimadyl for his hips because we had treated our other dog with it and we had to put her to sleep because of kidney failure (really horrible way to die). He got supplements, herbs and aspirin instead. It did finally come to me having to put him to sleep because of it, but he was 14 and he didn't wither away and have his body eat itself up like poor Nikki smh.

Okay...........need a brighter note. Took Bear for his evening walk and he did the little jump, tail-wag, spin of an excited dog for the first time. YAY!
02-19-2014 07:17 PM
Chip18 Please stay away from the Trifexis and Comfortis(can't spell it) something like that. It's bad news, Freedom of Information Acts being filed to get information on dog deaths released! 700 dogs is the number I've seen!

The searching thing is good, I'd hide a toy in the house and give a treat as a reward. You might want to try that?
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