I adopted a 2 year old black male shepherd from a rescue about a month ago. I am beginning training and its a little tough. I am teaching him the "down" command, and when i give the command and put a treat in my hand, he simply paws it. So after pawing it for a sec, I tug the collar downward just a bit and he literally yelps. In fact, sometimes when i just hold the collar to lead him outside to potty, he yelps as well. I was trying to get him into down position by moving his front feet toward me in a calm easy movement and he yelped again.
I'm not quite sure how to react to this yelping. I havent had time to develop a bad habit reaction to this yelping, so i want some advice before that happens. I want to respond properly to ensure its handled before getting to be a bad behavior.
As far as sitting, he sits as soon as the command is given. He walks beside me, and enters the house behind me always, as i have tried to assert myself as alpha. He is on a raw diet, getting a quarter chicken in the morning with pumpkin to ease digestion as it is new for him. Then he gets a quarter lb of ground turkey at night with pumpkin and a knuckle or neck bone during the day to keep him busy. He is calm while walking through crowds and in stores. He comes to me for affection pretty often, and i make him sit before hes given petting or scratching. He does not jump on people, bark, or get aggressive.
If anyone can give me some guidance as far as the yelping and how to help him adjust to new training, please let me know.
GSD Britney, Retired Clermont Police Dept 2008
GSD Aleksander (Sascha) 2 years old
"Many men have forgotten this, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."