Hello all! This is my first post, but I've been browsing all morning.
About 4-5 months ago, my husband and I adopted a two year old GSD from one of his coworkers that was no longer able to keep him. (We were the last stop before they took him to a shelter
)When Max first came to our house, he had not yet been neutered and they told me he didn't have a 'regular vet.' So, the first thing I did was neuter him and get a full work up.
We have a three year old daughter and an 11 year old black lab/dalmation mix. The two dogs do NOT get along since Max always wants to play and the other dog is just old and grumpy.
I just recently started taking him on VERY regular walks/runs with me. He wears a backpack with six bottles of water in it. But even after going on our two mile loop, he's not worn out. EVER. This dog has boundless energy and, quite frankly, he's kind of a **** about it. And, interestingly enough, if I take him for our run in the MORNING, he behaves far worse during the day than if I wait and take him in the evening.
He's also extremely protective of the house - which is good. But it's hard to have anyone over anymore without them getting freaked out. (I've found it works best to introduce him to someone new in the back yard and THEN come inside all together.)
So here are my questions:
-Will his protectiveness subside once he trusts us more? (as in, he will listen when I say someone is okay, because currently about 95% of my friends are afraid of my dog)
-What more can I do to train him and get some energy out? (He is prone to completely spazzing out when we start trying to do something, so I'm not even sure how to start)
Any advice or suggestions or information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I'm completely dedicated to making this dog work in our life, but I just need to figure out how.