Originally Posted By: midnight804thanks for the advice!
doggidad that is a great idea. I plan on starting today.
mtaussie you are correct in assuming that he is a very soft dog. He always has been. I have actually never given any corrections for the rope play other than a loud OW when he nipped.
we already use the long ropes generally at least two feet. his favorite is the longer model with the tow tugs on one end and handle loop on my end, but when the accident occurred we were using a two foot long single rope with a knot in the middle.
Generally he is a soft dog and most of the time a stern no is all I need to get to stop something, he never reacts that strongly to corrections. In fact thats really the first time I've seen him get so dejected from a correction.
So it sounds like you are doing a great job! He is just a soft dog that could use some confidence building, especially as he is maturing, which tug can be great for! But again, I would limit commands such as drop it and give, and let him win a little more.
Most importantly, I would ignore any super submissive behavior and reward him being confident and sitting to be petted, not on the ground belly up.
I would try to build confidence with other activities such as agility and disc (disc is may fav!
) and also taking a training class (if you haven't already.) I have seen the most progress when a dog gets involved in agility though.
I have a soft spot right now for timid little GSD's as I just baby sat a 5 month old named belle. She is the biggest sweetheart, but is a soft dog and her parents took her to a hard trainer.
So she pees when you grab her collar and put the leash on or if you go to pet her sometimes. Luckily today is there last session with him, and now they are going to work with me on her training, I am really excited about that. For the days I had her she really started to come out of her shell and play. Anyway, sorry for the random story!
Good luck and I hope he plays tug again soon!