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03-22-2014 10:41 AM
Blanketback I personally think it's unfair to make an animal like a GSD have to stay indoors all the time, and wait for nice weather. I have tons of ugly winter clothes I bought just because of my dog, like my incredibly unflattering snow mobile suit. But when it's that cold outside, he barely notices. If I kept him indoors for 4 months of the year he'd be a basket case, lol! Your pup needs to get outside and run around, and burn off that energy. Leaping up and acting like a coiled spring is one way they can tell us this. Training is important too, but please get inventive and let your pup get the exercise he requires.
03-22-2014 10:33 AM
KathrynApril When we had all the snow I would play fetch with him in some of the snow banks with sticks or even snowballs. Him romping for a little bit in the snow tired him out really quickly.
03-21-2014 02:47 PM
SuperG I was thinking about the treadmill idea for my last GSD...she was smart and all but how do you teach them to set the speed, time and incline?

03-21-2014 02:21 PM
boomer11 Treadmill
03-21-2014 02:13 PM
selzer What about dog classes?
03-21-2014 12:09 PM
Lilie Have you ever tried a flirt pole? I have a high energy pup that would have killed me if I didn't utilize a flirt pole and/or toy on a long rope. He uses a lot more energy with that than I do!!!
03-21-2014 12:01 PM
lilsunshine Thanks for all the input so far. It seems the general idea everyone is having is more exercise which I completely agree with. I'm sure people in Wisconsin find ways to exercise their dogs, no doubt about that! I however, am unsure as to what to do when it's cold outside. The weather is finally starting to get warmer which allows us to go for walks but it's difficult to play outside since there's still lots of snow. I'm not to the point with Bentley to have him off his leash so he would need to be tied up and trying to even walk to a tree right now would prove difficult. If anyone has any ideas, I would be open to them?
03-20-2014 07:18 PM
David Taggart The term "dominance" is applicable when you are talking about a pack ( your whole family), not just you and your dog.
In order to make him obedient - you should exercise him harder. For how long he runs chasing his ball before you train him? That could be the answer, you should let the vapour out before training and expecting him to be soft and obedient.
He wants something from you and he knows how to ask. Probably, that is the reason why he bites you - he wants you to start playing with him as soon as possible and biting is his way to demand. Your commands and other obstacles became a preliminary part of that game. Obedience classes wouldn't help you here. When your dog demands to play with him - practice NILIF. Also, he must learn to deal with frustration - lock him away until he cools down if you are at home, pay special attention to exercises to exercise his patience. Seems, the trick with his food hasn't gone well, train him this way daily. Tether him to a tree, take his ball in one hand and ask several commands for 15 min before you give him his ball. Ask to remain in sitting position while you are walking around the tree, he must do the same off leash.
03-20-2014 05:54 PM
SunCzarina Brain games. Hide and seek is great and I agree he needs to be in training class.

Puppies do jump and they do grow out of it. Sometimes screaming and faking pain helps - sit down and pretend he's punched you in the nose or eye (think of the last dental work you had) cover your face so he can't see your expression and shun him for a few minutes. Then look cross and don't be all happy playful for a while.
03-20-2014 05:07 PM
NancyJ I think your pup is just being an unruly puppy and not showing what people call dominance behaviors.

Agree with the others structured walks is not enough. I am sure we have members in Wisconsin who figure out how to exercise their pups during the winter!

The NILIF approach is great.
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