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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Until now, my 4 month old GSD puppy hasn't been that interested in chasing things and has been really scared of traffic. We live in the country so she's mostly off-road so we've had to make an effort to introduce her to cars and trucks going by.

Then wham! Suddenly she loves playing ball, whereas before she wasn't interested at all. Then today, on our evening walk, when cars went past, she lunged at them. We moved off-road and walked past the tups that are always there. More lunging!

I'm using a flat collar and leash and she can't pull harder than me (yet), but I did think about tightening the collar when we came home as I'm worried that it's not secure.

Is this just part of her maturing? What should I do to keep her safe? In general, she's very well behaved and we can hike off-leash in wooded areas without lots of people or dogs, but is this a sign of things to come? She was on-leash during all this tonight, but does it post warnings?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-15-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Someone asked me what a tup is... it's a male entire sheep. They're known for protecting the ewes, especially at this time of year.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 08:20 AM
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The growing phase is very interesting as well as challenging. I have experienced that for last 15months or so. Work on his recall and stay commands. Lots of practice in and absence of distraction. Also i think it is time for you teach him not to pull on the lish. I will post some video which i found very helpful in youtube.

Enjoy this phase.
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You have a puppy! And puppy's are at the beginning of the learning phase of EVERYTHING. Thus your guidance / teachings are so important right now.

I flat collar cannot correct the pulling. At this age, I would work with a martingale collar (You can google how to use a martingale collar). Also, when sized correctly, your puppy won't be able to slip out of the collar.

Your puppy is doing what all puppy's do at that age ... OMG LOOK AT THAT ... want to see / have to chase ... it's normal! Not acceptable LOL but normal.

This is where you need to start raising expectations for training. Even tho he's young, this is the best time to start.

ALL your basic obedience should be taught at the stage in his life - sit / stay / down / heel, etc. And then work up the duration of the stays / downs, etc.

Impulse control will stop him from chasing things - google this and read up on how to work with it.

Prey drive is fun to watch - WHEN appropriate - dogs need to be taught how / when to use that prey drive otherwise any and all critters become lunch.

Have fun - puppies are sponges and will absorb absolutely everything they see / hear / smell and touch!!!! Enjoy this phase, it doesn't last long!

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