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Old 02-09-2014, 08:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Growing up I always wanted a scary big protective german shepherd because I am such a small girl.
Now that I have my make GSD who is a protectful barky boy, it drives me nuts.
I just wish he would ignore everything and just continue on with our walk happily, paying all attention to me.
But no.
I've been working on it a lot, I've also been working on obedience and tricks and running him good daily. Taking walks in dog busy areas, training around dog parks.
And sometimes he is so darn perfect, other times he just focuses and barks.
He will bark at people when he is in the house, in the yard or in the car sometimes. But out on a walk or in a pet store is unacceptable to me.
It just gets frustrrating, I feel like I'm putting in so much effort but that he needs and deserves more than me.
I'm in a funk guys.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess I'm just having doubts if I am giving him what he needs. I feel like someone else could fix his small problems and do somthing amazing with him in life. And I feel like I'm failing at it.
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pump up the training. find a trainer if need be. you
can give him everything he needs. things don't
happen overnight. be consistant. "quitters never win
and winners never quit". a freind of mine say that to me.

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I guess I'm just having doubts if I am giving him what he needs. I feel like someone else could fix his small problems and do somthing amazing with him in life. And I feel like I'm failing at it.
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pump up the training. find a trainer if need be. you
can give him everything he needs. things don't
happen overnight. be consistant. "quitters never win
and winners never quit". a freind of mine say that to me.
I don't know why I all of a sudden started feeling this way.
It may be because school has been very stressful lately (vet tech school)
But when I get these stupid thoughts in my head it's hard to forget about them.
I love my boy and have helped him a massive amount then when I rescued him, I write new training ideas every day in a composition notebook, I want everything perfect in the world for him, I think it's a really good idea to do some sort of class or sport but with school I just don't have the money right now (and a lot of club are about 2 hours away from me it sucks)
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It's all or nothing. By that I mean ideally he barks no where. By that I mean obsessive barking for no reason. As you have found it's not easy to change, but the dog can't on his own know when it's acceptable or not. So I would think it starts at home, then work yourself to other places. Use a combo of training methods, redirection, reward, and light corrections, etc. He'll get it. You'll get it. Sometimes you have to take a step back, re-evaluate, and start again.
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There are trainers out there you can go to to troubleshoot specific behaviors and get exercises to work on at home and then you go back whenever you have time or money to learn something new. Finding a good one is the hard part.
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Does he bark at home if he's in a window and sees someone walking by?
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Maybe you are taking him to too many exciting place's. Maybe you need a little more one on one quiet time for him to focus on you and you only.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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do you know how to train? here are some things you
can do without going to a class.

> sit, stay, down, come, wait?.
> verbal commands and hand signals.
> heel ( on either side with or without a leash).
> back up.
> retrieve
> "find it". hide things and teach your dog to
find them.
> family hug. when you hug someone and say
"family hug" your dog walks between both
of you and sits.
> teach him not to enter or exit the car
without a command.
> "go to your or "go to" (insert place or person).
> teach him to pick something up if you drop it.
> "go through my legs". just for fun. it does come
in handy for me when i want to towel him off. he walks
back and forth between my legs while i towel him off.
> spin
> speak
> "give me your paw" and " the other one".
> teach him not to door dash or gate dash.

make up somethings to teach him.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Maybe he feels your anxiety and stress from school. Its hard to get thoughts out of your head. The more you think " stop thinking about so and so" ..the more you think about it. Having anxiety myself, when. I was younger, ive learned the best way to get rid of those negative thoughts is to replace them with happy ones. When out walking try to think of what makes you happy. For me one of them is how im going to reaarange my house. I know..im a weirdo..lol. think of a few happy thoughts before you go so you wont have a hard time trying to come up with some while your stressed. In regards to distracting your dog, ive learned so much here on this site. For example taking his favorite toy and in a high pitched voice distracting him early by dancing around with it. Okay so hes a weird too. Find what works for you. Distractions have to be early enough that hes not focusing on them yet. You need to find out what makes him nervous. For my dog its people running straight towards him and eye contact. Also strange hats, big hats, the tax lady on the corner whos green and holding a big green scary monster. I recently bought 3 books but each of them tells me the same thing others on here have told me. Look up engagement and counter conditioning on this site.

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