Ball frenzy-need help!
Hello to all you seasoned GSD handlers. I need your suggestions..
My wl pup is nine months old and has high food, prey and ball drives. Her favorite activity is to play ball; she goes nuts for it and has great difficulty disengaging from it. When she was just a few months old, I thought it was cute when she chased soccer balls and ran back and forth when people played catch at a local park. Well, it's not cute anymore. Two weeks ago, she drug my g/f down to the sand, while on a pinch collar, trying to get at a football being thrown back and forth by a father and his son at the beach. My g/f suffered a fractured finger. Whenever my pup sees someone playing with any type of ball, she gets too excited so I take her away from that environment. She became frenzied again yesterday downtown seeing a boy dribbling a ball, barked like crazy and pulled hard against her pinch collar. All I could do was turn her around, go around the corner and put her in a down/stay but was embarrassed as people looked at us to see what the heck was wrong with my dog. I recently started using an e collar for off leash recall, which works, but it confuses her. She will only perform a come/down while wearing the e collar and has forgotten to come and sit in front of me or at heel while wearing that thing. I guess an answer to my question would be to continue training all commands with the e collar, but I hate to use it so much. Suggestions for teaching her to ignore others playing with balls are very welcome!