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Old 06-25-2014, 06:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy I don't know what to do. I am really in need of some help.

Hello everyone. I bought a gsd male puppy from a reputable breeder. I bought him when he was 3 month 20 days and now he is 3 months 27 days. (He is with me for 7 days).

He lives in our garden. He got vaccinated when I bought him so he was really passive and sleepy. But now he is recovered and he just ruins everywhere. (When I first take him to home I tought he was a shy-fearful puppy and

I still have some doubts [He shows only few fearful traits -I think because he is with me for just few days- but I am paranoid]) He bites everyone (Teething I suppose.) and already scared my 7 years old brother. He follows me mostly but there is %50 chance to comeback when I recall. (Come! etc). I was trying to teach "Sit" for 2 days he does well when there are treats but he just ignores me (he looks like he doesn't care -which I think is normal-) when I do "sit" command without a treat. (should I give up or feel bad about my dog because he is not able to learn "sit" in 2 days? (or I fail at teaching him the command.). And how can I teach him "NO"?

He is mostly playful or agressive and sometimes calm, submissive or even fearful ("Is it normal for a 4 month puppy to be fearful sometimes even he comes from a good bloodline? ). I am really in need of some advice-help. How can I train him? (there is no dog centers around or any experienced dog owners -_-.) And any dog obedience training books for a real "starter"? (A book that can help us) And one of the msot important thing is "leash training". When I leash him with that simple black 1 m (or close) leash he doesn't follow me. He just tries to bite the leash. I want to socialise him well after he gets rabies but how can I do it If he never follows me when I leash him. He even gets stubborn when I leash him. Leash training and obedience training . I feel so terrible, (I know the reason is me not the dog). Thanks for any useful advices, I hope we will be better.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what's the reason the poor dog lives in your garden and not in the house? it's a dog, not a chicken. as for training, get a trainer or start watching a lot of youtube videos. your only going to get out of your dog what you put into it.
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All that behavior is perfectly normal for a puppy his age. The best thing for a puppy is routine...when you are training make sure you ALWAYS have treats on you to use as a reward. Keep training sessions 2 - 3 minutes tops. Their attention span will not keep him focused on you longer than that. Try to make everything positive with him to help build his confidence. To get my puppy to follow me on a leash I always had treats (hotdogs cut up) on hand to encourage him to want to be with me. Now he does on his own. They are very smart dogs if you can stick to a routine he'll pick it up fast! You've only had him 7 days...you're still new to him. Let him get use to his new environment. There's nothing wrong with you're puppy...don't demand so much of him, he's a baby. He will never make you happy if you expect a perfect pup that doesn't bite...they all do at that age. German Shepherds are called land sharks : ) For our pupppy, we redirected him when he was biting something he shouldn't....everyone always had a toy on hand...he learned fast what was acceptable to chew on. Good Luck!
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what's the reason the poor dog lives in your garden and not in the house? it's a dog, not a chicken. as for training, get a trainer or start watching a lot of youtube videos. your only going to get out of your dog what you put into it.
Well it is because of my family's religion. Dogs are banned in houses -_-. As I said I can't get a trainer because there is no nearby. I am trying to do my best. By the way he never gets seperation anxiety. Not really useful but thanks for your comment.
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For his biting - which is why GSP are called landsharks; it is very normal. This thread will give you tons of ideas and other's experience with the same thing: Puppy BITING!!! Teaching Bite Inhibition

For socialization, this thread has an excellent conversation about it. Very experienced breeders and owners involved. rethinking "popular" early socialization

For training, this web site is an excellent beginning. Has articles and video tutorials. Training Positive | Dog Training Explained

Keep in mind your are working with a baby. Like all babies, the attention span is tiny. Keep training sessions very short and fun. Keep training treats small, you will be using a LOT of treats right now. After 2 days of training a sit, he will still needs treats - normal. Later you will be able to begin phasing out the treats.

Post where you are located, someone may be able to recommend a good trainer close by.
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All that behavior is perfectly normal for a puppy his age. The best thing for a puppy is routine...when you are training make sure you ALWAYS have treats on you to use as a reward. Keep training sessions 2 - 3 minutes tops. Their attention span will not keep him focused on you longer than that. Try to make everything positive with him to help build his confidence. To get my puppy to follow me on a leash I always had treats (hotdogs cut up) on hand to encourage him to want to be with me. Now he does on his own. They are very smart dogs if you can stick to a routine he'll pick it up fast! You've only had him 7 days...you're still new to him. Let him get use to his new environment. There's nothing wrong with you're puppy...don't demand so much of him, he's a baby. He will never make you happy if you expect a perfect pup that doesn't bite...they all do at that age. German Shepherds are called land sharks : ) For our pupppy, we redirected him when he was biting something he shouldn't....everyone always had a toy on hand...he learned fast what was acceptable to chew on. Good Luck!
Thanks for your great reply, It is pretty useful. Now I am feeling better about my puppys behavior. I will be using some better treats to encourage him. Well I won't be boring him or myself, I can keep training sessions short and frequent. Thank you again.
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For his biting - which is why GSP are called landsharks; it is very normal. This thread will give you tons of ideas and other's experience with the same thing: Puppy BITING!!! Teaching Bite Inhibition

For socialization, this thread has an excellent conversation about it. Very experienced breeders and owners involved. rethinking "popular" early socialization

For training, this web site is an excellent beginning. Has articles and video tutorials. Training Positive | Dog Training Explained

Keep in mind your are working with a baby. Like all babies, the attention span is tiny. Keep training sessions very short and fun. Keep training treats small, you will be using a LOT of treats right now. After 2 days of training a sit, he will still needs treats - normal. Later you will be able to begin phasing out the treats.

Post where you are located, someone may be able to recommend a good trainer close by.
Thanks friend, I will read the useful links you wrote and try to get more information. I live in Kars, Turkey where the nearest trainer is 700 kilometers far I will be making treats smaller, sessions short. When he succesfully gets leash training I can start socialising him.
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Oh they are holy terrors in the first few months. Then they get to be around 6 months to a year and feel like they don't need to listen to you anymore, but then they start to mature and then you end up with a really great dog. All dogs go through stages, but I found with GSD's they are extreme. My first few months with my dog were hellacious.

Patience and consistency will pay off.

Are there any dog trainers in your area? Sounds like it would be a good idea to find an experienced trainer to help get you started on the right path.

For recalls, get a training line, maybe 20' or so. Never use your recall word without being able to back it up. At my training class, we'd use the training line and our recall word, and a little pop the collar. If they were on their way back to you, the slack in the line will mean they won't feel the collar pop, but if they aren't on their way back, they will.

When they return to you, have a favourite treat or toy handy and have an absolute party, so they know coming back to you is always the right decision, even if a moment before they were doing something naughty. Never punish your dog if it comes when called, even if you caught it digging up the garden or whatever. It's always a party when they come when called.

Otherwise, just keep training sessions short and sweet. Maybe do 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. If you can squeeze another 15 minutes in before bed, that is good too.
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Thanks for your great reply, It is pretty useful. Now I am feeling better about my puppys behavior. I will be using some better treats to encourage him. Well I won't be boring him or myself, I can keep training sessions short and frequent. Thank you again.

You're welcome! German Shepherd puppies are a lot of fun, but they can be a handful! I try to do 2 -3 short sessions a day that consist of sit, lay, stand, wait and heel. After each session we have a tug toy to play with...he loves it! Just be consistent with you voice and the command...i.e. using "down" one time and "lie down" the next. It confuses them when they are so small. Welcome to the forum!
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The dog is still very young and new to the environment. Expectations should be kept low and training should be fun and easy for the next few weeks.

Spend as much time as possible outside with him just hanging out, tossing a toy, running around, and light obedience. Rule #1 for puppies - a good puppy is a tired puppy. This rule is in effect for biting, jumping, and every other puppy problem. They need both mental and physical work on a daily basis otherwise they get bored and that can lead to neurotic and destructive behaviours

GSD's are bred to herd and be a partner to the shepherd, that means they genetically want to be with their human 24/7 and being separated can be very hard. Their nickname of 'Velcro dog' is well earned, normally that means they can follow you around the house as you're cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, etc. but being outside negates those options so you'll need to work harder at building that bond and avoiding separation anxiety.
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