Hi all, my girl just turned 13 weeks. From what I've been reading, she's a typical puppy-brained, landsharking young GSD. She has been with me about a month now, and I have little verbal control over her when it comes to "no". She's pretty good with "here", and a formal "come" to sit at my feet and look up, "let's go" works too when walking. However, a firm "eh, eh NO", or "Leave it" are completely ignored. I try to be consistent, and judicious in usage.
I've only raised one other dog from puppy age, a bully breed who aimed to please from the get go (I didn't know how good I had it at the time!). I've had older GSDs but this my first GSD pupper, and first landshark. The "no" is particularly important when she wants to chase the cat, is trying to eat the towel I'm drying her off with, etc. Is this something that will come with time, or is there a way to enforce these commands? In particular "NO" will often just spin her up (zoomies, increased attempts to bite, etc) if I say it loudly. Thanks!
Puppies don't understand language. But I do, and I'm even a bit confused at what you're trying to convey by saying NO here. NO to what? What, exactly, are you trying to teach him to do? Not look at the cats? Not chase them, not be excited by them? From my perspective none of these things are being taught by saying NO! For me NO means don't do that! And I only use it when I've given them something to do, and theyre thinking about not doing whatever it is.
Puppies who have not been around or seen cats are pretty intrigued by them. You can't teach a puppy to not be a puppy, that is to not be excited by something. A better approach, IMHO, is to address it by teaching them what you want them to do. They'll get over their excitement in their own time LOL!
When my puppy would get excited about seeing a cat, I would tell her to down and stay. If she tried to get up, I'd tell her no, then follow with a stay reminder. It's a training thing, so you have to be 100% focused on the puppy and catch them before they get up. The no comes the second you see their muscles tense to begin to rise, and should not be repeated. Instead follow with what you want them to be doing!
I also taught her "leave it" by practicing it extensively in a non-distracting, low excitement situation, usually in our living room. My pup was highly food motivated, so using kibble I'd drop it in front of her and make her wait to get it using "leave it" and "okay". Over time we graduated up to placing hotdog sections on her paws and having her wait for increasingly longer times. Leave it means ignore something. Once the puppy understands the concept well, it can be used for higher value or distracting things like cats. I hope this helps!