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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Will a GSD become more obedient after becoming an adult?

Since this is my first dog, I'm not too familiar with the behavior changes that correspond to the age of a dog, but I'm wondering if my now 6 month old will be more co-operative to obedience and other forms of training when he reaches adulthood.

He's obviously smart enough because he learns new commands pretty quickly, but he refuses to obey them unless he wants to, while at other times he acts like he has ADHD.

I use positive re-reinforcement, but it seems impossible to make him obey a command immediately and reliably.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 07:30 PM
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I find them to be generally buttheads at that age and I do find obedience improves as long as you keep working at it with them.

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Yes, the adolescent phase is when they typically "go deaf" and start acting like buttheads. With consistent training and fair leadership, they do grow out of it, and become the best dog you've ever had.
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Assuming that you are training decently, YES! Bison went through several periods of being a butt head. It was like he would just wake up one morning and decide to challenge everything I told him to do.

He hasn't out grown the ADD, but he is very obedient now. The years of banging the head against the wall are well worth it. He is an awesome companion.

Now we are starting all over with Grizzly.

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With consistent training and fair leadership, they do grow out of it, and become the best dog you've ever had.
Sure do! And it only takes about 7-9 years or so...


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repetition, repetition, repetition... on all exercises.

Then, yes, adulthood will see an obedient dog.

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I think it's like the Terrible Two's. When Zack was going through that lovely (not!) stage, I made sure he got LOTS of exercise. A tired puppy is a good puppy!

You said you're training with positive reinforcement - good. Make sure it's something he likes - e.g., hot dogs, cheese, a tug toy, ball, whatever. He only gets it when he has obeyed a command. He does not get rewarded for breathing air.

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Speaking for Elly May...I'd say, yes and no !

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From about 8 months till present (12+ months) Freyja has developed this magical button that tunes all of my commands out until she feels they are worth her effort. On the bright side Angus at from 2 years until now is perfect, he's my hope that things will get better. Granted at 6 months the commands started "clicking" and for that 2 months she learned like there was no tomorrow. My recommendation, teach your commands/tricks and they will learn them...just rely on repeat, repeat, repeat...

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