Join Date: May 2013
Location: Great White North
Them thar GSD pups sure are full of energy...aren't they?
I'm guilty ( during that time period ) of catering to the pup unfortunately...I caved in and would teach the dog a few manners while it interrupted my evening...after a small bit of compliance I would take the pup outside and reward her with some exercise...Bring her back in and try again...if she persisted I would quarantine her in her kennel for 20-40 minutes....bring her back in and try again....I believe during these times I put a huge emphasis on teaching her a down/stay...smartest thing I probably did at that "tender" moment.
I do believe I walked a fine during the transfer from unruly behavior to a "reward" of sorts as I never wanted it to be perceived by my pooch, if she was acting up like that...that she would get a fine reward like playtime outside...hence the short training session ( extended down/stay training ) in between the two. Maybe a good transition ...maybe not..as I did not want training to look like a punishment....but I will say...my shepherd does a mighty fine down/stay now.