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Old 01-30-2014, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Little nugget is DRIVING ME CRAZY!

I love Alvin, I really do. This is such a "welcome to owning a GSD puppy" moment. We were making huge potty breakthroughs and then boom, accidents everywhere! He is gated into our indoor patio area which connects to our room where his kennel is because he hasn't "earned" access to the rest bother house. We try to keep all training positive with a clicker and don't want to make him fearful. We also implement a little NILIF when feeding and playing. He sits and makes eye contact with us before play, training, or feeding continues. His bite inhibition is OK, but he still nips when excited. I understand he is a baby (10.5 weeks) so I do not expect a perfect dog. He is great with our 5-10 minute training sessions and lives treats and play as rewards. He will be put through an obedience program when he gets his vaccinated.

Our biggest problems:
1) accidents in the house [ we take him out then he pees inside sometimes moment later] I am talking to my vet about a possible UTI

2) chasing the cat and not stopping when told [I know it will be near impossible to curb his impulse to chase, but body blocking doesn't work every time and he has starting to nip at the cat [that herding instinct].

3) Chewing on everything. We spray a vinegar spray on things but I know this isn't a real way of curbing the behavior. Redirection with toys works OK but he will go back to it.

4) working on OFF (getting down from jumping up) and LEAVE IT ( ignoring) I need advice for this last one. Noises don't scare him.

Wasn't sure if this belonged on behavior or training.

I appreciate any advice thanks!!


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I'm no expert, but sounds just like mine at that age! It passes quickly...


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Keep a lead on him so you can grab him a bit easier and also give him corrections a bit easier.
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Keep a lead on him so you can grab him a bit easier and also give him corrections a bit easier.
Will try it tonight. thanks


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Keep training. They get a lot better with age and maturity.
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Keep training. They get a lot better with age and maturity.
That's what I've read. Wine helps. Lol


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For "leave it" have him sit or lay down. Put something that he can't have a foot away. When he goes for it, say "LEAVE IT." firmly and push his snout away. When you get to the point where he hesitates, give him a treat. Keep doing this. We've gotten to the point where I can drop a chip or piece of chicken in front of him and say leave it and he ignores it. Practice leave it randomly throughout the day with 3-5 minutes sessions with treats also. Good luck!

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Just keep working! Take lots and lots and lots of repetition. Mine has finally given up on chewing shoes. Now if we could expand that to rocks and socks/winter gear!

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Yes! Definitely helps!
I was told that after 18 months I will see wonderful changes and be able to enjoy the results of all the training. The person who told me this was right.

As for chewing, whatever you don't want him to have, he can't have access to it.
Expens are great. Tethering and leashing help a lot, too. Preventing bad behavior is a lot easier than fixing bad behavior.

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Yes! Definitely helps!
I was told that after 18 months I will see wonderful changes and be able to enjoy the results of all the training.
That is moment you'll never forget. It is a breakthrough. You then realize that everything you worked so hard on together is finally making sense to him. You gotta earn it but it is so worth it. Feels like you just hit the jackpot.
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