Jchrest, what an absolute load of garbage you have posted! The dog is doing just fine although he is not happy being controlled. The collars are on him and I can get him to relax and move with the leash. He also allows me to touch him. This is a lot of progress since he also got the collar about 12 hours ago. I approach him calmly and take the leash. He quickly quits fighting the leash and will take a few steps with me. When he does that I praise him and end that session.
You can think what you want, my concern is for a puppy that isn’t being handled properly. You’ve been given so much advice by members here, and you go off in a completely different direction.
Someone familiar with raising any pup would know that peeing and pooping inside is a huge no no. And YOU allowed it because you were too afraid to put a collar and leash on him. You haven’t potty trained him, and he’s 18weeks and 50lbs! You said he doesn’t like you holding the leash because he doesn’t like being controlled. No dog likes being controlled. But that’s what responsible dog owners do. They control the dogs behaviors through proper training and reinforce that training.
I really don’t care either way of what your personal feelings are towards me, I care about the heath and well being of a pup who has been allowed to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants it. Because he is not going to be a puppy forever. And you’ve already complained about him being hard to handle because he is 50lbs, and doesn’t like you in control of him. I’m seeing a 100lb full grown adult being a MUCH bigger problem if you’re letting him control you as a pup.
I have 20-25yrs of fostering and rehabilitating dogs of all breeds. I’ve taken in dogs that no one could control because the original owner was a lot like you, and afraid to make the right choices for their dog. Two of those dogs I kept, and still have them.
My now 9ish year old shepherd was 2-4 when I got her. She was used as a breeding bitch, and was chained to a chain link fence. The only human interaction she had was when she was fed, and when a male GSD was brought to her for mating.
She tried attacking me multiple times a day while being tethered to me. She had never been around a person long enough to create a bond, and saw humans as the enemy. It took months until she would trust me, but I never gave up, even after having my arm torn to shreds by her in the first few weeks. But you know what? She was collared and tethered to me as soon as she came in the door. She was vetted the day after. You do what you have to do to ensure your pup or dog is properly cared for, and that includes potty training, vet care, and at minimum, basic training commands.