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05-06-2014 11:31 PM
AlexRD
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I got the ME videos (tug, power of food and clicker training). Where I went wrong was that I got them a week before getting the puppy and well, haven't had much free time to watch them :-(

Of the material I watched, I like his method. I would buy them again.

So, is this the puppy you posted about from Sherle?
Hey Eddie! It is. I'm super excited about getting him, and cannot wait to train the little guy. This is the first dog I will be training entirely by myself (and taking care of) - I want to be well informed with a lot of options going in! I figure with a little over 4 weeks of prep time I can get a pretty solid foundation, and have enough research done to know what I don't know.

I found a Schutzhund trainer in my own city (which was a surprise!) who has had some good success (got a 99 in an IPO3 competition in Regional Champs, and won a national championship with a Malinois), and I think would be a positive person to work with the puppy. As well as a few recommendations on books to read from Sequoyah and another Schutzhund trainer about an hour away from me.

All in all, things are starting to come together.

I'm still concerned about socialization, and the pup getting sick, but from what I understand and read from Leerburg the best way to train the dog is to ignore everyone else and focus on me, so I can just walk it around in places where dogs don't go frequently and have it focus on me instead of being fed by everyone it sees (because I'll want it to ignore other things).

I am starting to get a better idea of what to do, and am super excited. My old 13 year old lab might even enjoy having a new baby friend to play with... haha



EDIT: THANK YOU all so much for replying by the way, this is all knowledge I hope to gain to pass on to proper training for my dog. So I really appreciate all the posts so far! I've read a lot on these forums, just lurking, but I was hoping to also come up with a one-stop-shop reference guide for my future use as well, and this post is shaping up to be that! Thanks so much again )
05-06-2014 08:23 PM
eddie1976E I got the ME videos (tug, power of food and clicker training). Where I went wrong was that I got them a week before getting the puppy and well, haven't had much free time to watch them :-(

Of the material I watched, I like his method. I would buy them again.

So, is this the puppy you posted about from Sherle?
05-06-2014 07:59 PM
sagelfn The puppy section here is great

German Shepherd Guide - Home lots of great info

Elements of Temperament by Joy Tiz and a lot of other great articles here on Chris's site
(German Shepherd and Schutzhund Articles, by Wildhaus Kennels )

Books not mentioned yet -
Bones would rain from the sky - Suzanne Clothier
05-06-2014 07:30 PM
misslesleedavis1 Andrew has been reading that for awhile now, he says he enjoys it. Maybe David could weigh in on it if he has heard of it !

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05-06-2014 06:25 PM
David Winners
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Two articles from Leerburgh are in post 8:

'Why Dog Parks are a Bad Idea" and 'Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" My GSD had "People Issues" and 'Who Pets..." is what I did to fix this issue. He turned out great and it's how I will train all my dogs going forward!

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ml#post5296377

You can link directly to the post you are refering to using the permalink in the upper right corner. It just adds "#post5296377" to the end of the url so the viewer is taken directly to that post and not the first in the thread.
05-06-2014 06:16 PM
Chip18 Two articles from Leerburgh are in post 8:

'Why Dog Parks are a Bad Idea" and 'Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" My GSD had "People Issues" and 'Who Pets..." is what I did to fix this issue. He turned out great and it's how I will train all my dogs going forward!

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html
05-06-2014 06:11 PM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
I think the DVDs are well worth the money you spend, even if working with a trainer. There is so much knowledge there about basic learning theory and how to communicate with the dog in an effective manner. I know that these videos in particular changed the way I train dogs in a very positive way.

I always recommend the Power of Food, Power of Tug and Recall videos.

Leerburg has started an online university too, where you get some videos and work with a trainer as well. I am planning on taking a couple classes just to see how it all works. Jeff, Ed's son, is at the ME School now shooting video for a leash pressure online class.
05-06-2014 04:57 PM
Pax8
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Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
I really love the playing tug with your dog one. I felt like the positive reinforcement/motivating with food one was pretty consistent with the online and book resources I've read through. I think instead of spending the money on the motivating with food one, I would save that for a good positive reinforcement based class where you can work hands-on with your pup under the guidance of someone who is experienced with the technique and can point out your mistakes to you. Plus a class will of course be great socialization for your pup.
05-06-2014 04:52 PM
AlexRD These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
05-06-2014 01:25 PM
Diesel7602 Your German Shepherd Puppy Month By Month
Amazon $11-12
This is what I read. It helped out a lot. Covers almost everything, and what's not in the book or I don't understand something, I come on here. A lot of helpful people that know their stuff

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