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05-19-2014 12:58 AM
Tratkins You have a reactive puppy (I do too). At 4-5 months, the pups start realizing there are lots of other big moving things outside of their own pack and begin noticing things moving at a distance. I just went through this with my own 5.5 month old. I took him everywhere it was feasible since we got him at 8 weeks old (without overwhelming him) and then all of a sudden at 4 months, he started barking at everything.

I agree with MaggieLeeRose and Chip18's advice. Work on LAT, leave it, and recall. When you are on walks, keep on moving. You are in charge and determine who you meet, etc. Never let your dog get to the end of the leash lunging (dog in control). Once you get there, forget lost that round. Once my dog started becoming reactive I tried my hardest to keep him below threshold and work our way closer to joggers, bikers, other dogs, etc. we started way outside dog parks and have now moved to wide trails. Once he had the idea of LAT and leave it, we got closer to those things. When we are walking and I see his ears perk up, I say "look at the jogger" (he looks at me for a treat)..."leave it" and then we keep on moving. This HAS to happen before the dog reacts. The first time you get by something/someone without the dog reacting, praise the dog like never before!! She'll get it!! I promise. Always be aware of your surroundings so you can see possible triggers before the dog does. Eventually your dog will see a walk as just a walk and she will ignore those things. It also helps us when I speak first to the oncomer with a "Hi! Good morning!" It lets the dog know I see what's ahead and have acknowledged it...he doesn't need to.

Another example that has worked for us. We take our after dinner walk every night to our neighborhood greenbelt and play ball with our dog. I used to have to be so careful of walkers, bikers, other dogs because once our dog saw them he would go bananas. He has done this routine now for 2 months and hasn't reacted to those things in weeks. He has finally realized playing ball with "his" pack is way more fun! If I see walkers coming near, we just get MORE excited about the ball and start a chase with us. He might look up at them for a second and he is right back to his ball.
05-19-2014 12:21 AM
Jlmaiorana Positive trainer said its fear. Introduced her neutral poodles and all went well. I was amazed! We are going to introduce more, one at a time to show her that not all dogs are bad. Also signing her up for a "reactive" dog class.
04-14-2014 09:19 PM
e.rigby It's bad enough for people to be giving advice (other than, please consult a trainer) online... it's even worse when someone recommends that a poster correct the dog till they break it down and it no longer wants to do anything for fear of being abused. That is NOT training.

A 6 month old puppy barking at everyone and everything needs training and proper socialization. I see the OP has mentioned they've done e collar as well as all positive... that sounds a bit drastic (as far as methods) in such a short amount of time (considering it's a 6 month old puppy). It appears, to me, you're expecting too much too quickly from your dog. GSDs are not the easiest of puppies to raise. They require a lot of work, proper (not necessarily "a lot") of socialization, and plenty of training! All of these things should (ideally) continue until the puppy is 24 months old.

The best advice I can give and that you can get is to please go find a trainer. I would push you toward a mostly positive reinforcement trainer as the barking seems to either come from a fear point of view, or worse, one of weak nerve (which also comes from a fearful perspective of the world). Correcting this behavior will only justify your puppy's fear :/ I'm sure at 6 months your pup is getting harder to control... I'd hate to hear of you having to rehome your 16 month old 100lb fear aggressive dog because you're now afraid he'll bite someone because you really can't control him.
04-14-2014 12:08 PM
scarfish i was exaggerating with choke the **** out of it. trust me i'm a puss when it come to pulling on a prong collar. i correct with about half the force our trainer wants us to, but he trains military and law enforcement K9s. if you ask me he's too militant with the dogs. my dog really only needs a very slight pull to be a decent correction and re-focus.

i do however think a prong collar if used correctly would help the OP with his problem.
04-14-2014 11:43 AM
Originally Posted by scarfish View Post
i'm sure most won't agree with me but 6 months is getting old enough to use a prong collar. use one and choke the **** out of your dog when it barks at people. that's the only way i'm able to get mine to stop barking when we have company over that she doesn't know.

obviously i don't mean over-correct/kill it, but a decent correction should do the trick. it'll learn after a short while.

Not to sound argumentative but that doesn't sound like a twist of the wrist.

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04-14-2014 11:18 AM
scarfish lol 'cause i correct my dog when they do something wrong. you're supposed to if you don't want your dog to walk over you. i'm not saying hurt the dog just a pull to shift their focus from barking at someone and put it back on you. according to our trainer the wife and i don't pull hard enough. it only takes a slight twist of the wrist to shift our dog's focus. but whatever. his dog can bark at everybody forever.
04-14-2014 12:20 AM
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Same here.
04-13-2014 11:25 PM
Originally Posted by Lauri & The Gang View Post
I feel sorry for your dog.
Same here.
04-13-2014 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
Just to clarify, I don't dislike my mother in law that much... Just saw an opportunity for a great joke. But I'm also not disappointed that she doesn't stop by without calling first because of my Gunther
04-13-2014 05:36 PM
Lauri & The Gang
Originally Posted by scarfish View Post
i'm sure most won't agree with me but 6 months is getting old enough to use a prong collar. use one and choke the **** out of your dog when it barks at people. that's the only way i'm able to get mine to stop barking when we have company over that she doesn't know.
I feel sorry for your dog.
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