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Old 06-22-2014, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first GSD. Rescued her from an older couple who wanted to use her for search and rescue. After the husband health took a turn for the worse they decide to let her go. She was originally $800. But after going to pick her up the husband couldn't bring himself to charging me. She was well behaved when we got there. Since getting her home the last 3 days have been a bit frustrating. She doesn't seem to listen as well. I'm hoping this is a separation anxiety issue and she will soon get over it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Start as you would with a puppy. Basics.

Don't expect anything.

Play with her, love on her and lead her.

Call her, when she comes, reward... Repeat. Teach her "sit" with reward and repetition..

Once she understands you are fun and rewards and good things come from you, she'll most likely become a great dog.

Good luck.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. I've spent hours reading on where to start. A lot has to do with engagement. She doesn't engage me as she should. I'm working on getting that done before I can expect her to do anything else.
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She has lost everything familiar to her, most of all her "people". Please be patient with her, give her plenty of time and space to adjust, you might want to look up the two week shut down here on the board, often recommended for rescue dogs, applies to all dogs whose world has been turned upside down by re homing. Welcome to the board, lots of good and helpful info here, but as with all things internet, be watchful for the looners, thankfully not too many of those here!
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Three days is way too soon to be judging her level of "engagement". Like, maybe you could begin to get an idea of her potential in three WEEKS. You are expecting too much, too soon. Way too soon.
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Definitely patience is key. She's new to you and you've never known another GSD. Imagine how it is for her having known other humans. I also recommend the 2 week shut down. It seems like more work than it really is. I did it with Gunther as a brand new puppy and again when he and my other dog had a scrap. Only that time it was the other dog who was on shut down. Both dogs learned their place. Please, keep us updated how she's coming along!
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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She's great with my kids. She has plenty of room to play and run. Yet she doesn't seem like she wants to. I'll definitely look into that. Thanks everyone for the help.
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I would start by taking her out on long walks to start the bonding process. Does she like to play ball? If so, buy the Chuck It launcher and ball to play fetch. You will have fun throwing the ball far and giving her an excellent workout. If you have children they will have fun playing ball with her. Has she had obedience training? If not, do it ASAP.

My GSD has a blast playing fetch at Huntington Dog Beach. I give him a running and swimming workout. I have kids telling their parents that they want a dog like mine after they see my Troy run and swim at the beach. He's trained to ignore dogs at the beach and just loves playing fetch.

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That's the thing, she did real well listening to the owners I got her from. But hasn't taken well to me giving her orders. She does like me throwing the ball. I'm still letting her adjust to new family and surroundings.
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I would start by taking her out on long walks to start the bonding process. Does she like to play ball? If so, buy the Chuck It launcher and ball to play fetch. You will have fun throwing the ball far and giving her an excellent workout. If you have children they will have fun playing ball with her. Has she had obedience training? If not, do it ASAP.

My GSD has a blast playing fetch at Huntington Dog Beach. I give him a running and swimming workout. I have kids telling their parents that they want a dog like mine after they see my Troy run and swim at the beach. He's trained to ignore dogs at the beach and just loves playing fetch.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I can imagine when you are giving commands her thinking "you aren't my real dad"...just like a teenager with an adoptive or step parent. ...Time....it's going to take time!!! And lots of treats!
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