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04-18-2014 11:28 PM
Ellimaybel
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Originally Posted by selzer View Post
Don't tell him to COME unless you can enforce it and he will come every time. Otherwise it teaches him that he can choose to listen to that. I use the name until we have COME down on lead, and then on lead with distractions, and then off lead, and then off lead with distraction.

As for coming to strangers when they call his name. Little puppies will. But as the GSD gets older, they are less likely to go all the way to a stranger and listen to their commands.

I wouldn't worry over much about it. If the dog is never alone, your GUNTHER! should bring him to you even if they boy on the other side of the fence is yelling cookie or steak!
I blame the other dog entirely. When my neighbors are out in their yard Gunther wants nothing to do with them, even with the little girl trying to entice him. I think he's only doing this with passerby's because the little dog does. And he isn't threatening, he's just saying "Hi, I'm here and now mom knows you're here." They both did go up and greet the mailman today and he holds his hand up for Gunther to sniff. Hubby got paranoid about that saying he doesn't want the mail carrier to be able to be friendly with the dog. I told him the mail carrier is an exception in my mind because he is the person that has to walk up to the fence 6 days a week and sometimes comes into the yard to leave packages by the door. Shocked me one day that he did come all the way up to the door to leave a package with Gunther out there. Gunther isn't aggressive at all, he just alerts me to things.
04-18-2014 11:13 PM
selzer Don't tell him to COME unless you can enforce it and he will come every time. Otherwise it teaches him that he can choose to listen to that. I use the name until we have COME down on lead, and then on lead with distractions, and then off lead, and then off lead with distraction.

As for coming to strangers when they call his name. Little puppies will. But as the GSD gets older, they are less likely to go all the way to a stranger and listen to their commands.

I wouldn't worry over much about it. If the dog is never alone, your GUNTHER! should bring him to you even if they boy on the other side of the fence is yelling cookie or steak!
04-18-2014 11:09 PM
Ellimaybel
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
I do believe you can just say "come here" and he will respond? As a general rule my dogs don't hang out in the front yard unless I'm watching them..people can be stupid.
I am watching them... I only have a front yard. We have the rare house in the city that sits far back and therefore you gain a huge front yard but only a walkway in the back. If I had a back yard I could have a 6' privacy fence and have no issues. City only allows 4' tall, boards no more than 4" apart, and 50% visibility in the front. Actually Gunther usually doesn't even do this, only when Cyclone does. That's why Cyclone is only going outside on a very long chain from here on out.
04-18-2014 11:06 PM
Ellimaybel
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Originally Posted by Juliem24 View Post
Do you think you could talk to the kid? If you're out in the yard, maybe go on the offensive and approach the kid and educate him a little about gsds and dogs in general. I think when they walk in a group (teenagers) they tend to act in ways they would never act in a one on one situation. You never know, he may be a good kid and dog lover but just feels the need to act like a big guy because he's around his friends. Just a thought.
You're exactly right about that. Teenage boy walking with two teenage girls... He had to look tough lol. I would totally do that but it's not feasible. First I would have to get Gunther in the house before approaching the fence and by the time I do that and get back to the fence the kids are long gone. It's kind of a long yard. I was really just wondering if my husband was being paranoid or not. It's really hard to stop calling your dog by name when you've been doing it for 9 months.
04-18-2014 11:00 PM
Chip18 I do believe you can just say "come here" and he will respond? As a general rule my dogs don't hang out in the front yard unless I'm watching them..people can be stupid.
04-18-2014 10:53 PM
Juliem24 Do you think you could talk to the kid? If you're out in the yard, maybe go on the offensive and approach the kid and educate him a little about gsds and dogs in general. I think when they walk in a group (teenagers) they tend to act in ways they would never act in a one on one situation. You never know, he may be a good kid and dog lover but just feels the need to act like a big guy because he's around his friends. Just a thought.
04-18-2014 09:47 PM
Ellimaybel
Name calling

If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize ahead of time.

I live on a high foot traffic street and when Gunther gets it in his head (even the other dog) to go barking at people on the sidewalk, I'm always alert enough to open the door or window and call them back in. What irks me to no end are examples like today where 3 teenagers walked by and when I called Gunther to me (and he came immediately) one smart alec kid yelled out his name with a sarcastic tone. These kids seem ignorant about the potential risk of calling out a strange dogs name. There's nothing I can do about it, as I'm not about to get into an argument with strange kids over my fence. To the point of the thread, my husband tells me I shouldn't call out the dogs names because then the passerby's will learn their names. I personally kind of think this is over paranoid thinking but at the same time after seeing this immature behavior today I can kind of see his point. Gunther is trained to come when I call his name. Is there an alternative to this? Or should I just call his name anyway? Our fence is only 4 feet high and because of it being a front yard only and city ordinances, I can't make it any higher. I truly worry that some ignorant person walking by teasing him may be in for a rude awakening one day. My only saving grace is that he is NEVER alone in the yard unattended, I've always got the door open to see what he is up to at all times. The majority of the time he's laying by the door.

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