Jupiter is six months and very naughty. He has gone through Puppy Obedience and Obedience 1 and has always been a star pupil, and I train him 2-3 times a day, but when we're not training, he does whatever he wants. There are several normal times when he disobeys me:
1. I have a loft bed and he's not allowed up. When I hear him come up the stairs, I say, "No," but he slowly comes up and won't leave when I tell him. So I end up taking him down and putting him in the crate. This has happened several times and it seems clear to me that he's disobeying me.
2. He's not allowed in the living room, and when I catch him heading that way, I say, "No." Sometimes he stops, but sometimes he gets this playful bounce and runs into the living room. Then to get him out, I have to catch him by the leash (I keep the leash on so I don't have to chase him).
3. He's not allowed in my daughter's room, but he has a pattern that when he passes it, he runs in there, even if I say, "No." Again, I have to grab him and pull him out, he ignores me at this point.
I think that in general, he really just does what he thinks is going to maximize his pleasure. Even when training, I get a strong sense that he obeys or not depending on how much food he'll get. Like if there is a treat on the ground, and I call him, I can see him trying to decide which one to do. It's like he's always doing the math. When he obeys, it's because he thinks there's more food in it for him. When he disobeys, it's because he thinks there's more cool stuff in the other room, etc.
So my question is, how or when or will this morph into general obedience, rather than bribing that's always dependent on the value of the food I have?
It sounds as if Jupiter may have more freedom than he is yet ready to handle.
My usual solution for dogs who think they can do whatever they want—-train, train, train. Jupiter already has an obed foundation, so you can just expand on that.
Teach him that he needs permission to enter any room that is off limits. I like to teach a “”Wait!” command, which is less formal than a “stay”. But, “stay” is fine, too.
If he will be permanently off limits to the LR—this may or may not be reasonable; do the humans hang out there or do you have a family room in which everyone congregates? No GSD wants to be isolated away from his humans.
Either way, the fix is more obed. But, be sure not to set him up to fail. You no doubt have learned to never, ever issue a command or a correction that you are not in a position to immediately enforce. Doing so just trains your dog to ignore you.
It’s often helpful to keep a leash on indoors during training, giving you a lot more control.
If he’s a leash chewer, I have an easy fix for that, too. An old fashioned chain leash. Walmart still carries them (guess how I know). This one works.
You may detect a theme: take control of Jupiter’s environment. He has too many opportunities to screw up. He has years, once he learns to control himself, to enjoy his freedom.
Another training tool that works like pure magic is the long down. Start with very, very short stays and **gradually** increase the time he remains in the down. This is on leash, inside. Shoot for 30 minutes, eventually.
Once he’s good and solid, have family members try to distract him, to proof it up.
Seriously. Once a dog crosses that 30 minute threshold, it really changes him; all for the better. He will have developed an extraordinary level of self control, confidence, and trust in you. It works.
Also wanted to add that it’s crucial to be sure Jupiter is getting enough exercise. GSDs need lots and he’s a youngster. Remember: a tired dog is a good dog.