Why? Why should the dog be used to being restrained and in a submissive position? I have never done this, and my dogs are just fine, and do not rule the roost. I just don't understand the reasoning.
One day when I walked Jenna into town, about four miles away, I realized I had gone too far with the pup, and it was a four mile hike home. So I picked her up and put her on my shoulders and carried her home that way. She was about 5 months old. I did not have to get her used to being carried or put her into some submissive position.
I am sorry if this is coming out on you, but I am hearing some stuff that is really concerning me. Things like people unable to cut toenails, and having rituals and treats to do it, and things like puppy day camp for a fearful puppy, and then I hear on a thread about a purely positive reaction to a rather extreme reaction, teaching a dog to be restrained and put into submissive positions -- where does that land in purely positive reinforcement training?
I am curious where all this aggression is coming from, and GSDs can be aggressive when you pick them up if they are hurt or afraid of being hurt. I really cannot think of a lot of other reasons to pick them up. Even at the vet, when I want them on the table, I pull out the chair and have them get on the chair and then move onto the table, I do not lift them up onto the table.
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