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03-04-2014 10:35 PM
Brownhouse Boomer, to some extent, you're right, he couldn't care less what I say, but it's always when he's amped up. When he's mellow, he's very good, and has done pretty well with training. But to be honest, it's when he WANTS to listen that he listens. I do correct him when the biting gets out of hand, I don't use the prong, but the "pinch to scruff", and he gets this, but it would be preferential if I didn't let it get out of hand, so it didn't have to come to this. After the first bad incident yesterday, he went to the crate for a while (not in a punitive sense, because I've heard that you're not supposed to use the crate to punish them) but much later, I felt bad, so I took him back down and tried to do more of the same that incited him in the first place. He ended up being very good, and after a little bit, he got bored, and he walked off to get a drink. So it was a somewhat happy outcome.
03-04-2014 02:43 PM
boomer11 If this were my dog he'd get a good hard correction with the prong.

If he was nipping me to play he'd also get a hard correction with the prong.

My dog follows me from room to room. If I'm looking under the bed for something he'll also stick his head down there to help me look. But he isn't allowed to act like a brat . You might feel bad for crating him but he has to earn his freedom. He has to respect and listen to me. Your dog sounds like it could care less what you say. In one ear and out the other
03-04-2014 12:25 PM
blackshep
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Do you or have ever played laser light games with him?

I'll be honest I have no experience with this sort of behavior but am interested in the responses you will get. Frustrating for sure...
I know someone who made their Border Collie reaaaaallllyyy neurotic with the laser toy.

I'd just crate him when he starts making a nuisance of himself. If he's nipping to get your attention, he goes into his crate until he settles. It sounds like you need to work a bit more on his obedience, I know it's hard for a young dog, but he's old enough now to know that nipping people is not ok.
03-04-2014 11:23 AM
Blanketback I don't think you should have to crate him all the time, as long as he knows what's expected from him. That's getting him settled into a routine that he understands. My pup knows that after we've had fun outside then it's time for indoor relaxation time. Same with after meals, he knows that he has 'digestion' time, lol. He also knows what "go on" means - that I don't need help with what I'm doing and if he's getting in my way then he will get crated. There are things I need to get done without a nosey pup in my way too, lol. The place command is good but they should also know a 'do not be underfoot' command as well.
03-03-2014 11:06 PM
brembo
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Brembo, best thing I've heard all day, thank you! I'll be patient. Are you a car guy?
Yeah. Bikes and cars.
03-03-2014 11:03 PM
Brownhouse Brembo, best thing I've heard all day, thank you! I'll be patient. Are you a car guy?
03-03-2014 10:30 PM
brembo My now passed male Banjo was a terror till 2, just an outright maelstrom of go-go-go. Didn't matter the direction or purpose of the zoomies, he just zoomed all the time. Once he hit 3 or so he settled into a manageable dog that had an understanding that all we fun fun fun two-legs do is not an invitation to a game. At age 5 or so he was a placid and amenable companion that had more of an "on" switch than an "off" switch. There is a lot of of dog in a German and they take an appreciable amount of time to mature, once mature tho they are the absolute best. Large, powerful and ferociously intelligent with nothing on their minds other than how to fit into the pack at home, it's worth the aggravation in raising one.
03-03-2014 10:23 PM
Brownhouse
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I have the same issue with my puppy. Follows me around. Can't get anything done. I put her in the crate or the play pen with her toy's. It's just that simple - that way I can shower shave & get my chores done. At some point you're going to have to leave the dog home go out to dinner enjoy your life. It's not all about the dog...
I get what you're saying, but it almost feels like I'm keeping him crated too much. I make my own hours, and I'm never away for more than a few hours at a time, so I do spend quite a bit of time with him. But when I got him, I had envisioned being able to have him around for daily tasks, to sort of share our time together, rather than having him out for a little while here and there, as sort of a novelty. Without wishing the time away (because I want to enjoy his time as a puppy, while keeping an eye on the fact that life will sort of get back to a new normal at some point) I'd imagine that sometime between now and 2016 he should settle down enough to have him around most of the time. What have others noticed about WHEN this might be, and ways to transition them into it? Or does it really just "happen"? As long as I have some general expectation, it will take a lot of the stress off.
03-03-2014 09:31 PM
readaboutdogs Our dogs did that for a while. Then, like children, as soon as you sat down it was all about play, attention! I mostly would stop for a sec, redirect nipping, toss a toy a couple times, petting, then ignore and continue on. Seemed like part of growing up! Made me think of that old poem about hushing the cobwebs, I'm rocking my baby!
03-03-2014 09:17 PM
sehrgutcsg I have the same issue with my puppy. Follows me around. Can't get anything done. I put her in the crate or the play pen with her toy's. It's just that simple - that way I can shower shave & get my chores done. At some point you're going to have to leave the dog home go out to dinner enjoy your life. It's not all about the dog...
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