Wow...they really do just grow out of it
I've been a long time lurker on these forums and finally decided to post something. I have an almost 6 month old male GSD named Cody. We brought him home at 7 weeks and it has been ****. Crate training was a challenge due to 3 rounds of giardia treatments. Once it seemed like he was catching on, the giardia would hit him and the poor guy couldn't help himself. Thank you public dog park by the way. Three different obedience trainers and he was the typical "land shark" I kept reading about on these forums. About 2 weeks ago, I was at my wits end. I thought I had prepared myself and my house for Cody, but nothing was working. All of the reading, training and preparation wasn't working. I was so close to just giving up and surrendering him to my neighbor who is a vet. All I could think was that I had failed and done something wrong. Cody was chewing on anything he could find, including my arms, shoes, my two daughters, everything. I became concerned for my children's safety.
Then, last week, someone swapped my dog for another dog. This dog actually listens to me..."No" actually works. No more voracious biting and jumping. What the **** just happened? All of a sudden he was the dog that I wanted my family to have around. He was compliant and patient. He listed to me and actually followed instructions.
My point is to let anyone know who is ready to throw in the towel to not give up. Stay the course and stay strong. It is so worth it. I am no dog trainer by any means and a half-ass dog owner if the truth be told. Don't give up. I just love watching Cody play with my two daughters now and have fun. No fear of biting or getting hurt.
Thanks for the support.