Differentiating Work and Play Time
I recently adopted my black german shepherd, Sascha, 2 yrs old neutered male, from a local regional animal shelter in September 2011.
He has been a fast learner so far and can do watch me, sit, down, stand, stay, left side, wait, leave it and other basics before I start him on the more advanced things.
My problem is sometimes he can't differentiate play time and work time. I try to spend at least 10 minutes every day before work and ten mins after working with him on things, and i also correlate waits, sits, downs and so forth into his every day routine in general. However, for those ten minutes i want to spend focused on training, he seems to only want to play. I will get him into left side position and put on my treat bag to hopefully spark the "work time" cue. But if i tell him down, he lays down, then bounces right back up and runs around in circles. Then if i give him another down position, he lays down, then rolls over and wallows on the floor. So i sternly say no, then wait for him to realize I'm not going to pet or reward him. When he finally gets up, i try again.
Only about half the time he starts understanding I'm wanting him to obey verbal cues. The other half he continues to play around.
Does anyone else have this issue? How can I make him understand its not play time?
...and trust me, we do have play time as well, so he's not lacking exercise and play.
GSD Britney, Retired Clermont Police Dept 2008
GSD Aleksander (Sascha) 2 years old
"Many men have forgotten this, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."