11 week Old Shepherd/Rottie. Long Post, Questions.
Good Morning all,
Recently I got my first puppy, I've had two other GSD's, one a full breed and the other a classic GSD mix, but they both died this past August, being 12 and 16 respectively. I got them when they were both about 6-8 months old. So after that, I was a bit sad without having dogs around and whatnot, so I stumbled across this lady who was getting rid of puppies because her dog accidentally got pregnant and she couldn't keep all the pups.
Mom was good size rottweiler and dad was a pretty good sized GSD, my girlfriend and I got our girl Storm, at 9 weeks old. She's super cute, pretty friendly and really looks like the first dog I had the mix.
But I have a few training questions, as I've read a lot of articles and many say varying things I wanted to maybes get a more solid answer.
She has learned sit, she is super good with kids and strangers coming to the house. She doesn't nip the kids at all, but will jump on adults being happy but not nipping per say. I try to tell her to sit when she gets overly excited, and sometimes she will sit and relax. She is slowly starting to understand down when no one is around.
But, she really enjoys to bite me and my girlfriend at night(after she gets home from work) I have a few weeks off of work, which worked out quite well with getting the puppy. I notice she seems like she will bite us when she is overly excited or when I take a sock out of her mouth or deter her from going somewhere she shouldn't be. We tried the "ouch" and turn out backs but that never seemed to work, just getting bitten at the ankles with our backs turned. We have tried to do a timeout, but it seems like she is usually madder when I get her from the timeout and just continues to bite, often harder. It seems when she gets in these biting fits, she has a really hard time getting out of them, I will redirect with a toy she likes in her mouth but often she will just drop it and come attack whoever is close by. I've tried to grab the scruff of the neck, but that also seems to just aggravate her more. Thankfully this isn't all day, and just bits of the evening but I still really want to get ahold of it because my hands and arms are getting destroyed and my girlfriend is getting discouraged because she comes home to the puppy seemingly just biting once she gets home.
When we go for a walk during this time, it will sometimes help and she will get distracted but sometimes she will just attack the leash and then just lunge at my ankles or my girlfriend who is next to her. But other walks she won't nip or bite at all, just when she is in that mood. Which sometimes can last a while.
I'm not sure if she is getting overtired and this is her way of trying to tell us to like put her to bed or leave her alone. Because she will let us pet her when she's eating or at any other time, so she like doesn't mind being touched or whatnot. She is also super smart I think, she can find her ball literally anywhere in the house, wherever I hide it. Which is sometimes what I will do when she's in a biting fit, but it seems like much doesn't stop her until she just gets tired and lies down.
We go for a good 20-minute walk in the morning around 630, which we don't walk too far because she is often busy licking all the water off the grass which can be slightly annoying but whatever. We usually walk a football field and back approximately. Then shell hangs out for a bit, then well put her in the crate when I bring GF to work she will sleep for like 2 hours in there, usually let her out around 10, we hang out in the living room. Go out pee. Usually do some sit, down, stay and hide the ball for her for about 20 minutes. Then have lunch, wait for 10, go out and play in the backyard or go for a walk about 100 yards. Come in and hang out in the living room. Then go out pee, then she either goes in her crate when I pick the GF up or she will come in the car in the crate and we will walk around work for 10-15, then go back home. Hang out at home with me and gf, go outside and play or walk. Then come in, and most likely biting will occur for 20-30 or whatever. It will happen during the day sometimes but more noticeable at nights.
Feeding her about 1 cup per meal of taste of the wild salmon and about 1/2 cup of water with food.
Signing up for a puppy class in the near future.
She has 2 sets of shots in her.
Rambling for sure, but just super curious and haven't really asked anyone yet just been searching the web.
Hopefully that wasnt too generic