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post #41 of 47 (permalink) Old 07-19-2015, 11:09 AM
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Okay my boy roman is 12 weeks old and lately on walks he either pulls or I have t pull him because he won't move. And does not listen at all when I try to direct him. I'm a newby please help. He's good indoors though he listens and does sit down and shake commands.
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post #42 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 12:28 AM
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Lots of great info here!
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Well apparently I do it the "hard way" but it worked for me the basics are in the first video clip in this link:

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/5296377-post8.html

I did that first for years with different dogs without issue and then at a rescue event I used a Slip Lead Leash for the first time and I found that a "fantastic tool" myself. Still very few Pro's" teach because my guy "Jeff Gellman" among others finds that it's a tricky skill to teach to others. He would know but it's still what I recommend.

Most of it's use as well as other options can be found here:
Slip Lead leash - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums

That's where I hang out when I'm not here.

The dog has to be able to walk well on leash first "before" you can start working on other issues.
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post #44 of 47 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 12:19 PM
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Dude says hello and thanks all of you wonderful people for making him tick free ?
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Hey sorry guys, wrong forum. But still, a Hi
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I'm on a mobile and can't get to every page. But if this hasn't been suggested, take her down the block to pee. I had a reactive dog who was fine in someone else's yard, so we got a little walk in every time we went out front. The best advice I got was to completely ignore the other dog and walk by out of reach as if it was no big deal. I didn't talk to the other dog and I didn't stop to let my dog stare. I hate it when other owners stop dead in their tracks and let a reactive dog go nuts on the leash while staring down my dog. Some guy who calls himself a trainer did that in front of my home, when I was trying to get my dog inside. I couldn't get past the dog and they wouldn't leave. I asked him to please move away about ten feet and he said he was training his dog. I told him all he was doing was training him to be aggressive. He still wouldn't move. I had to walk away and then come back after he was gone.
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Hi. Second post on the forum! Newbie here.

Wow. Plethora of great advises.

Maybe folks still read this thread, just wanted to add my two cents.

Training is the key here!

Personality in general is definitely a big factor. My 9 months old male (gonna see if i can add his pic to my profile somewhere after this post) is a very sweet boy. He never barks outside. I got him at 4 month of age and he was such a determined sniffer! He would be walking around me nose to the ground. Now we finished the beginners obedience classes and just last week started novice polishing (or something like that) and will keep going until there are no more courses left for us. Around 1.5y/o we'll start agility I think and if there is nothing left in between, maybe I'll take another course just somewhere else, maybe we'll pick up some new tips and tricks.
Anyways, as I mentioned, training is a HUGE factor here, especially with gsd's being very intelligent. The more you spend time training him, the more in tune you both will be and the more obedient he will continue to grow.

- My trainer teaches only positive training without treats - only verbal/physical praises. We did use little bit when working on recall, and it was more for distraction purposes for stay before recalling. Because we care for them so much, they want to repay us in magnified kindness and genuinely want to please you. You just need to be truly happy for their every success, doesn't matter how small it is. When correcting, just use your voice with authority and they learn the difference very quickly between praise and correction.

- Use his name only for positive experiences (call for play or walk and etc. [Name] food!/come/walk time and etc.). For correction just make some common sound to get his attention (again, when practicing at home or some very calm environment without distractions). The more you do it, the more they will get accustomed to the expected behavior and and will be happy to react to anything coming from you even without you noticing. They are amazing readers of body language too because this is one of the ways they communicate with each other. So make sure you are consistent with what your body does when you give a specific command. Try as best as you can to maintain slightly different body language for different commands whenever possible and/or applicable. They will have another "tool" in addition to hearing your voice for reinforcement of expected behavior when they are very excited and there is a tiny doubt in to obey or do their own thing. Their instincts are very strong and the more reassurance you give them that you want them to do something and it's actually a good and fun thing, they will change in how they act towards others and when you command.

- When I trained mine's name, Bim, I rewarded only when his eyes lock on mine. Slowly increasing the time and then varying how long he looks into my eyes. Now we can comfortably do about 30-40 seconds before he looks away. I'm happy with that for now. Then call his name, wait a little, then give command. And just practice different random sequences of just call their name and reward/name, command, reward and etc. This way he learns that the name is only to get his attention. Also always finish with release, such as ok, alright, free and etc. This way he know he has to wait until released.
So for example if someone comes towards your house or walks along it and the dog moves - call his name and they will lock on you until released. Especially being a service dog who is trained to attack, it's only on command - in a way release that tells to attack/catch and w/e.
Just LOTS of patience and consistency.

Yikes, post got pretty long. Sorry for the wall of text. I can keep going for hours talking about it).
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