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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-15-2017, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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First puppy, needing advice on training

So for Christmas we adopted a second dog, then a 5 month old sherpherd mix. He's now almost 11 months old. He gets along great with our 9 year old lab, and the lab likes having a brother. However I'm having problems with our shepherd specifically outside. He barks ferociously at every dog he sees, and starts pulling uncontrollably. I've read so many different points of views on this topic that I don't know how to approach it.

It was clear when we first adopted him that he was abused by his first owner. He was extremely malnourished, had a belly of parasites, and anytime I would raise my voice, he would instantly pee. We've overcome that, and he now views me as the leader and does everything I say, until he sees any other animal, and sometimes people. In the one situation where an unleashed dog ran up to us, he didn't bite, so I think the barking is out of fear if anything, but I worry that in another time maybe he would be aggressive so I've strayed away from virtually all socialization and I don't want it to be like that.

When something triggers him, he suddenly stops listening to me at all and I really need advice on how to deal with this, because he loves car rides and I'd love to be able to take him out with me any time I'm out running errands or just going for a stroll at the park. Any advice others could give would be amazing, and I'll gladly provide answers to any questions if needed. Thanks all!
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You're likely to get many points of view from folks here alsoNo matter what method you choose the most important part is the timing.Watch your dog and catch him BEFORE he goes off.Insist that he keep his attention on you and reward him with whatever is of high value to him.You are creating a new habit of him looking to you for direction as opposed to his old habit of barking to ward off the scary thing.
If you can get his attention with a sharp Eh!Look at me!Reward.Excellent!If not,a firm leash pop followed by eh,look at me,reward.
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You're likely to get many points of view from folks here alsoNo matter what method you choose the most important part is the timing.Watch your dog and catch him BEFORE he goes off.Insist that he keep his attention on you and reward him with whatever is of high value to him.You are creating a new habit of him looking to you for direction as opposed to his old habit of barking to ward off the scary thing.
If you can get his attention with a sharp Eh!Look at me!Reward.Excellent!If not,a firm leash pop followed by eh,look at me,reward.
Well to start off, I'm having trouble finding "high value" rewards for him. He seems desensitized to a lot of things. Very low affection, low response to correction from the pronged collar I have that typically makes him walk well without distractions, and while he loves his peanut butter dog treats, everything goes out the window when he becomes distracted, even if i place a treat in closed hand in front of his nose while issuing a command during distraction phases. I definitely don't want to keep him on a pronged collar, but right now he seems so cold to virtually everything that I'm at a loss despite the dozens of blogs and vlogs that I read/watch.
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Too light of pops with prong collars can actually amp dogs up more.Hopefully you can schedule a session with a trainer experienced with Gsds.An hour with a good trainer can demonstrate what is so difficult to express on an internet forum.

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