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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Adopted GSD - Training - No focus


I have a german shepherd. Adopted. He is beautiful and is the love of our lives along with my 2 goldens. He is been with us from 5 months. And we are training him for obedience from 4 months

His story goes this way. He was with his mother for more than a year. The original owner died and the mother was separated from him(she got adopted to another family). This guy came to our home. He was extremely aggressive and was at his peak. He did not gel with my 2 goldens. He was angry all the time. However, he never was aggressive towards us. We got him neutered and his behaviour is splendid. He is now good friends with my goldens and plays a lot with them. He is well adjusted to our home and is very happy. He eats well, sleeps well but does not want to play around. He always wants to sit in a place and watch.

It must be noted that the previous owners never abused him. He was well fed and well kept there as well.

The problem comes here. We are training him for obedience. He does what we ask him to do. But everthing is in slow motion. He does sit, stand , stay etc. But there is no happiness in doing it. When we are in the play ground and ask him to do stuff he only wants to run to home. He finds himself cozy and safe at home.

He is not interested in any treats or any toys. Though he is learnt to do commands, there is no urgency in him to do them, he is always distracted.

How do I get to make him do commands quickly? I have tried every treat and toy, even made home made liver treats. It just does not work.

How do I get his urgency in chasing a ball? Or running along side me? How do I get him to play with me with all his enthusiasm?

Please help !!!!

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Maybe you need to be more enthusiastic, build more relationship with the dog. Does he like to chase things?
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I've had good luck getting not super foodie dogs much more into it after using Michael Ellis' food chase game, and just generally changing the way I deliver food.

Also might look at using higher value food, and or with holding a meal to train the dog when he is hungry (you don't have to be cruel about it, just go out and train some at breakfast time when he's hungry. if he takes any food in training, victory. Then leave him somewhere, get his food bowl, call him to you and give him his meal as a reward for coming when called.
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