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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-03-2014, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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2 1/2 year old female GS

I have had this dog since she was about 1, from a shelter. She seems to have separation anxiety, and is very defiant, and will not stay in the fenced yard. She is an excellent jumper and hops our 6 ft fence like its nothing and will take off even when we are right inside where she can see us, when she knows we aren't looking. I'm wondering, would it benefit her to basically start new with training like you do a puppy? Keeping her by my side, crate training, etc? Or is there another way I can gain control of her and get her to want to obey? She is very smart and obeys pretty well in front of our faces, but the second we are not looking she is being naughty. Also, she has killed 2 bunnies in our yard and knows it is bad, but only leaves them alone if we are present and watching. If we turn our backs she is hunting them down. I'd love any advice. She is my 4th GS and she is just relentless I am at the end of my rope. Help!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-04-2014, 08:15 AM
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It sounds to me like you dog is getting bored when being left to her own devices. If she only does things you don't like when she's alone, the simple answer is to not leave her by herself. Take her out often, play with her until she's tired, do training exercises, and take her back inside. She won't have time to get into trouble and make unacceptable decisions for herself.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-04-2014, 03:15 PM
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Obedience training followed by advanced obedience training may be the solution. Also, if she's obeying you in front of your face and disobeying in your absence, may be she's developing some "sneaking" habits.
Repeatedly reinforce and reward the right behavior and be consistent. If she does something wrong in 10 instances and you correct her only for 9 of those, it won't be consistent.She's going to remember this 1 instance that you missed and consider her mistake to be an acceptable behavior.

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