Help with chasing problems - New member questions
Hello, I am new to the board, and fairly new to being a GSD owner. I am in need of some serious advice. I got my pup when he was 4 months old and immediately began obedience training with him. He is proficient at sit, stay, heel, down. He is a mild mannered, very sweet, loving dog, he is almost a year old now. My problem is that he is very hard headed and smart at the same time. I can teach him over and over and he consistently goes back to the same unwanted behavior. He stops when I say a firm "no", but will go back to the behavior over and over again, sometimes within the next 10 mins. His most pressing problem is his high herding drive. (yes, I know this is a herding breed) We live on a 30 acre farmstead and have horses. He has been properly introduced to the horses and taught to be submissive to them - he never acts agressively in any manner towards them, but lately I have a sneaking suspiscion that he is chasing them when we are not around. He gets exercised regularly and alot of attention. But while we are gone to work he is outside with his toys. (we live in the middle of nowhere) My questions are these:
1. With this breed should he be kenneled ie. in a kennel run with adequate shelter, etc?. Or does kenneling and/or tying them up cause aggressive tendencies or make them a so called ticking time bomb?
2. Once these dogs start to chase and get that 'chase high', can they ever be 'untrained' and trusted not to do it again, or might I just start looking for a suitable home for him now?
Please, I am looking for honest help. We love our dog, but are unsure as to go about handling his issues before they get really out of control and he chases the horses through the fence. He also is focusing his energies towards the barn kitties. Is kenneling inhumane to this breed due to their sensitiveness, and high energy?