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04-22-2014 11:52 AM
Sunflowers No, you use the leash to prevent the dog from going where you don't want her to go.

But it's going to be harder now, since she's used to jumping on there.
The minute you even think she intends to jump, you make a noise like "Ah!" Or Uh-uh!" and you get her. away from the couch.

If she does make it on there, you say "off" and you pull her down.
You need to be firm, but matter of fact, you keep your voice low but authoritative. Yelling and grabbing only agitate the dog, and don't teach her anything about respect or what you want from her.
04-22-2014 10:56 AM
pineconeforestGSD you said ''when I grab her''? that could be the problem.
grabbing certain dogs on certain spots can lead to problems. try not grabbing but maybe asking and directing her?
all the best, I hope you figure it out she sounds wonderful!!!!
04-22-2014 10:21 AM
Lark SunCzarina -They like couches. I gave up that battle with Venus when she was about 5 months old. She's laying contentedly on her throne beside me now. You can teach her not to get on the couch unless there's a certain blanket on it but if she wants to be on the couch with you that's actually a good sign! She's bonding with you. In her own odd little way.


I also had the couch battle and ended up compromising. I have a couch and a loveseat, and he is allowed on the loveseat. He is happy as can be because the loveseat is right by the window. He loves to sit on it and look out at the squirrels.

I also used a line on him in the house, and it was a lifesaver. Finally at age 2 he doesn't need it anymore.
04-21-2014 11:09 PM
TheDakotaShow
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Originally Posted by Sunflowers View Post
I already told you she needs to be leashed so you can control her behavior, but you didn't want to do that.

German Shepherds are not easy dogs. For us the biting stopped at 5 1/2 months.
But I kept him with me at all times. Or crated or penned him. I worked diligently with him to create a bond and get him to trust me. GSDs will not listen to you if they do not trust you and respect you.
At two, I am enjoying the results of my work with him. But it takes two years to have a well behaved Shepherd, maybe even three.
When you leash them do you just pull them off with the leash or how do you go about it.





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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
leash the pup
always have a 'drag line' on her so you can control her without grabbing her



thanks


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Originally Posted by SunCzarina View Post
They like couches. I gave up that battle with Venus when she was about 5 months old. She's laying contentedly on her throne beside me now. You can teach her not to get on the couch unless there's a certain blanket on it but if she wants to be on the couch with you that's actually a good sign! She's bonding with you. In her own odd little way.

Treats are like a paycheck for puppies.

Hmm, petsmart class. Not always so great since they're often setup in the middle of a store with too many distractions for a little pup. You'll spend more on a more private operation but you'll get more. Ask around when you see a neighbor walking with a well behaved dog.

Funny you mentioned that. I was actually on a walk the other day and noticed a house that does training and agility classes. I stopped and talked to the guy and wanted to set something up ASAP but the trainer actually hurt her back until June. So ill have to settle for petsmart ATM. Which I don't mind ...the distractions could actually benefit the dog IMO




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if the dog is biting already even in play mode when you try to remove it from something it should not be rewarded by being able to lay on that something until it respects you enough to not bite you when you remove it
but hey thats just me
All sorts of different training.


Dakota 1/16/14
04-21-2014 10:39 PM
my boy diesel if the dog is biting already even in play mode when you try to remove it from something it should not be rewarded by being able to lay on that something until it respects you enough to not bite you when you remove it
but hey thats just me
04-21-2014 10:33 PM
SunCzarina
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Originally Posted by TheDakotaShow View Post
But when she jumps on the couch the only way to get her off is to offer food ..any other method?

Dakota 1/16/14
They like couches. I gave up that battle with Venus when she was about 5 months old. She's laying contentedly on her throne beside me now. You can teach her not to get on the couch unless there's a certain blanket on it but if she wants to be on the couch with you that's actually a good sign! She's bonding with you. In her own odd little way.

Treats are like a paycheck for puppies.

Hmm, petsmart class. Not always so great since they're often setup in the middle of a store with too many distractions for a little pup. You'll spend more on a more private operation but you'll get more. Ask around when you see a neighbor walking with a well behaved dog.
04-21-2014 08:52 PM
my boy diesel leash the pup
always have a 'drag line' on her so you can control her without grabbing her
04-21-2014 08:25 PM
Sunflowers I already told you she needs to be leashed so you can control her behavior, but you didn't want to do that.

German Shepherds are not easy dogs. For us the biting stopped at 5 1/2 months.
But I kept him with me at all times. Or crated or penned him. I worked diligently with him to create a bond and get him to trust me. GSDs will not listen to you if they do not trust you and respect you.
At two, I am enjoying the results of my work with him. But it takes two years to have a well behaved Shepherd, maybe even three.
04-21-2014 08:08 PM
TheDakotaShow
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
See reply in red:
Wish I could reply to all ur replies but you put them in a quote.

I had no clue you arent supposed to grab ur puppy off the couch. No wonder she likes to run from me if she has something I don't want her to have. I've been trading as much as possible. With kibble or other toys.

Imma start the hands off approach from now on. But when she jumps on the couch the only way to get her off is to offer food ..any other method?

Dakota 1/16/14
04-21-2014 04:00 PM
TheDakotaShow
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Originally Posted by rumhelka View Post
Continue training and socialization. What often works is diverting attention from "exitement" with a command like "watch me" or Look at me" and giving a treat. Yes, they are "drama queens" when young. My female displays or kind of intimidating behaviors to make things "disappear".
I try that but she's only focused on what she is barking at. Sometimes ignoring food even.





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Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
when I have to grab her off the couch
do not let the puppy on the couch problem solved

ime squeezing their muzzle etc only serves for them to up the game or amp up worse
I stopped squeezing the muzzle because she always got worse. Ill try to keep my arms and hands away or so " Ut uh" and stop what I'm doing. but sometimes I'm trying to get her to stop chewing.

Any suggestions on how to get them off. She literally jumps on it






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Originally Posted by Lark View Post
When my puppy was young I thought I would NEVER be able to kiss him, or hug him. He was a huge biter. And now he is two and has outgrown it completely and is loving. I understand thinking the dog is mean, especially when you are the one being bit. But I think it is really just how some German Shepherd puppies behave until it is trained out of them (or like my dog they just seem to outgrow it).
please tell me it will end soon lol.






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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
Is Dakota only 13 weeks old?



yes


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Originally Posted by Lark View Post
If Dakota is only 13 weeks then what did you mean that you are running out of time? Out of time for a puppy class? I don't think you can start much before that anyway because of immunizations. And I recommend making sure the trainer of the class has experience with GSDs. My puppy sometimes behaved very differently in class than other breeds, but the trainer was recommended by my breeder and understood he needed a little different training.
Yeah for the puppy class. She said she had experience with gsds but wasnt to confident when saying she did. Its ats at a local petsmart.

Dakota 1/16/14
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