Going to need support and advice - Arman
Thank you in advance for any help or advice. 5.5 acres, not fully fenced, outside of 1 acre per house neighborhood - everyone has a dog. We have 3 wiener dogs, 2 male 1 spayed female. Just took in a one year old GSD, male, not neutered. He is very nice, loving and full of anxiety. Has been mistreated, minorly trained, sit,stay, come, down, shake - comes most of the time - but only for me. We have lived through a wonderful purebred lab, (13 yrs) and a 12 year old Akita on this property. I realize each breed is different. We are 3rd home for this nice boy. 1st home was a homeless kid at college. My kid took him as a roommate but when the kid could not pay rent he got booted. My son kept the dog until the kid could find a home for himself. He never came back for the dog. Arman was too much for the other roommates to handle and so I brought him here. He was here before (for a week at winter break) so when he got here he knew the place. We know nothing about this breed; we just took him because our beloved Akita passed and we sort of wanted a big dog again. I am reading as much as I can, am willing to do some work on training. I have bought a e-collar and will be possibly using that as a way to teach property boundary. I will watch many hours of training video before I put the collar on him. I am hoping the vibration or sound will be enough. He has only been here for 3 days and is doing ok outside of these things:
Here are the "for starters":
He has taking an obsession with me as his master. It has been my husband in the past with the other dogs. I was hoping it could be a family obsession and not just me. Hubby is giving treats and feeding him now - but it is me he is staying next too. I have 2 teens living here who also want to be #1 with him.[U][U] Can he love us all? Will he ever sleep near them or will it always be next to me? My son tried and failed to cage train. He broke the cage every which way. Part of the reason he had to leave his college home.
He is fairly rough with the miniature girl dog. He sort of man handles her by the neck and I worry he might do the ragdoll on her? I am keeping a very close eye on this. He also kind of pushes them all around; but especially her. Just playing outside seems to be a challenge. He can't really let her just do her own thing. He is loving playing ball and I am getting good exercise in daily with ball kicking and retrieval. He seems to like the wieners but plays rough - they are tiny. He wants to herd them of course.
He is coming or staying on property with me yelling "come" pretty darn loud and aggressive. I am using a cow bell to bring him back to the house when I am not actually walking with him. Our house is on a hill and I can see him from all points. He is responding to the bell and me yelling " come " so far. I worry he may not at some point - and run off. Any advice here??
When do i neuter him? I want to asap but only when it is the right time.
Also, wondering if he would have to wear the e collar forever or can it be used just to train property boarder? Good news - we are fencing full property at some point this summer.
One last big question: Will he overcome the anxiety with proper training so that he can be left home for a day or maybe 2 with minimal supervision like out Akita could? This is a big question - we are really hoping so. He gets very upset currently when I leave. Throws the whole fit - jumps up on door, cries, gets super hyper. I have cameras in the house and am going to work on short trips out the door so that he doesn't associate the door and me as a big deal. Not giving love for a few minutes upon return, etc. I think he will work through some of this anxiety but hoping he can go a day or longer eventually. Your thoughts? Hate to give up overnight camping or the short trip because the dog couldn't deal with it. But will if it comes to that.
I am looking for solutions to make this work. He is a super nice boy, wants to be a good boy. He deserves a great life and we hopefully can make this work. I have never given back a rescue dog. Arman is our 5th rescue.