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I am now having a problem with my 4 yr. old male GSD. I rescued a female GSD that is 18 mos. old, 3 months ago. They seem to get alone pretty well. However, he has become pretty aggressive. He also suffers from severe separation anxiety. His behavior has regressed back to the beginning. It came to a head several weeks ago when I went out into my front yard to water flowers. I heard the front door slam, saw a flash and then heard screaming,-my male had unlocked the front door and storm door, and he attacked a small dog that was walking with its owner on the street in front of the house. He would not come, off, or down, when I commanded him to. He has been obedience trained to work well for me off lead. He refused to listen or obey, and attacked the little dog even after the owner had picked it up. He did not hurt the owner. The behaviorist said he probably did not hurt the dog much, he was just being territorial. Had never seen dog or owner before and when I searched for them, couldn't find them. Called emergency vets and dog had not been brought in. It took awhile to lure him to where I could catch him. I am now very nervous. I am not certain exactly what to expect. My neighbors called the police and dog warden. They are afraid that he will come over my 4 foot chain link fence and attack them or their dog. Am having a six foot solid wood fence installed, he is now on anxiety medication, and we started to see a behaviorist, Ken McCort in Ohio. He will be tied, and barking crazily to get my attention. He is ignored until barking stops for a second. He is also having many accidents in the house while I am at work. Have had to confine him in his big crate, 10x6x6, which he hates. He barks all day. I am afraid to take him anywhere. Behaviorist thinks we can level his learned behavior of barking, down to nothing, as long as I pay no attention to him when he does bark. Any other suggestions?

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Melinda-

I have copied your post to it's own thread in the Behavior forum. It will get more notice, and I'm sure you will get more help and advice, with it down there than here in this thread.
HERE is a link to the topic.


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Naughty Nala is 5 1/2 months old, and is my first GSD. She has completed puppy class, and is now in basic obediance. I am new to dog training so right now I am learning just as much as Nala (actually I think Nala is the smarter of the two of us
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My ultimate goal for Nala is CGC and Therapy Dog title. For right now her goal is just to have fun being a puppy, and to teach me something during obediance classes.

Maybe as time goes by, and I have a better feel for Nalas potential, and my own, we will add some more goals, and titles to our list. But for now, to be honest, I don't even know what all your dogs titles stand for. All I know is that the large majority of you have worked very hard with your dogs, based on all the titles you have earned.

There seems to be a real experienced group on this board, so be ready for all my stupid questions that will come your way over time.
 

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I believe my goal has been to learn how to train dogs the best that I can. When I was young I wanted a dog more than anything but my parents just were not too tolerant of the pet thing.
When I reached middle age I decided I wasn't going to miss out in life on that stuff I wanted to do so badly as a kid.
I have a long way to go in learning, but I have found that it can be so much fun for the dog and handler. I like to see if I can get a good and enthusiastic performance from both of us.
Here is my first dog that I trained. Gala is a bit of clown but sometimes she can do very well.
Either way I usually get a grin out of her performance. Having fun is a great goal, I think.

The "Gator" with some of her obedience wins.

Heeling is one of my favorite exercises because when you both get in the flow it is like being in the "zone".
 

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I guess my goal is to have as much fun as possible with them along with making sure they are good doggy citizens.

My Halley is training in agility & obedience. Blackie is a little older now & he is only doing obedience. We are starting him in rally. Sammy is also practicing rally.

If the title comes, great, but some of the best runs I have had were with no title but the dog did something really fantastic.

For example, today there was a oppossum outside on the fence. Blackie was actively engaged in retrieving it; however, when I called him, he came. Can't get much better than that! That good of a recall could save his life someday.

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Originally posted by Julie'somom:
Is there anyone in Michigan that is here that is active in either therapy dog training or search and rescue?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Julies'somom, where are you in MI? We had a great trainer in Lansing. His name is Hector Hernandez, his training school (?) is called Super K9. His website is http://www.superk-9.com. He trains police dogs and started us on the SAR style tracking.
 

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Boddah, Moose, Kaitlin and I went to our first obedience class last night and they both did pretty good. After some initial excited barking at the other dogs, Boddah did great and was the only pup that could do a sit command within three seconds. I think Moose will be a bit of a challenge but he also did well.
 

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This is Julie'os mom and I live in a little place on Lake Michigan called Ludington. I am about three hours drive from Lansing...but I have done that type of driving previously. Ludington is not a real dog friendly community...no dogs allowed on any beaches, the city park etc. etc.....I can take my dogs to the state park and my gsd has made a lot of friends out there. Thanks for the trainer's name.

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I love my Timber and my goal is to simply give him the best time ever. I dont take him to classes, bc i can train him myself. Hes good and listens to me. Yeah, he can get so excited and runs around like the road runner, but he has fun as i do with him.
 
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Please Bear with me this is the first time I have ever done anything like this.
I need some GSD advice. I have a 1yr 7month old German Shepard. His name is Thunder, and on a whole he is a gentlemen. He has asserted his dominence over my 4 year old black lab (Shadow)but they get along great.
My lab and I have a special realtionship, and I never had any of these problems.I have started leaving Thunder out of the crate during the day. I go home for lunch everyday for an hour. For a couple days he's perfect, then one day I can come home and the house is destroyed. The trash will be ripped apart, cabinet drawers are opened, and emptied, my pots, pans, foil will all be chewed and spread around the house, wood from the fireplace torn apart. He even got into our liquor one day and managed to get the cover off a bottle of scotch, drank most of it, then chewed up a dinning room chair.
I have punished him, and he most Definitely knows
what he is doing is wrong. I don't hit him because he is too large and it would not make a difference to him.
For the last 2 weeks both dogs have had run of the upstairs. 4 bedrooms and a bath all to themselves. I know they are on the bed, but I accepted the fur when I got the dogs. For two weeks not a problem. I thought Thunder had finally matured. Then.. the last 4 days he has taken the spare blankets, sheets, pillows off the shelves. Chewed my suitcase, some slides we had, my laundry basket, a 5lb weight etc... The thing that gets me is the fact that I disipline him when I get home for lunch, and 3 hours later he has proceeded to do the same exact thing. He knows what he is doing. When I come home his ears are back, his head is down, and he just has that bad dog look on his face.
I love this dog dearly, but I am frustrated at his destructive behavior. My Lab did this once, and then learned not to. Please, if anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate.
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I think this post needs to be moved to the behavior section, where it will probably get more responses.

Just a few thoughts though: first off, put the GSD back in the crate. He has shown you time after time that he is not yet ready to have run of the house, but you continue to give it to him...what do you expect? He's probably board, frustrated whatever and finding ways to entertain himself.

Also disiplining him when you get home is too late. At that point he as no idea what he's in trouble for, only that you are home and really mad at him. In order to disipline him you need to catch him in the act, as he is doing the incorrect behavior. I'm sure that he looks guilty and worried when you get home, because what he has learned is to be unsure of you're behavior, cause you could be mad at him for some reason...but he can't figure out what that reason is.

I'm sure you'll get a lot of posts from folks much more knowledgable than I am...so good luck with everything, go back to crating, more exercise, and probably obedence classes would be a good idea. They are a good way to bond and build a better relationship with your dog. And most of all have fun, cause that's what it's all about!!

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Thanks for the tips, and I will move this to the behavior board. he is in the crate now. In response, I can never catch him in the act he has never done any of these things while we are in the house. I do praise him when he plays with "his toy". I run him for 1/2 hour everyday at lunch, and swim him in the lake when I get home from work, about 1 hour.
He always greets me at the door wagging his tail, it is when i go into the room where the damage is that he slinks back, and puts his ears down. That is why I assumed he knew what he did.
I hate leaving him in the crate, but that is where he will stay.
thanks again.
 

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my training goals are very simple...Got jack at 3 months old, and my shepherd prior to him, had a terrible time with recall...So, If jack only learns one thing in his entire life span...it is to come immediately when call. Jack , just turned one.. and it is the sole thing i have worked on.........Jack has an amazing recall, and hence, he has an amazing fun life, cause he can run and play, with other dogs, or , if i choose for him not to see a particular dog, he stays, and comes. So.. i am free now to teach him other stuff....A dog that comes immediately, or stays at your side, even when other dogs are loose, is like a gift from god.. JILL
 

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Originally posted by pooblets:
The thing that gets me is the fact that I disipline him when I get home for lunch, and 3 hours later he has proceeded to do the same exact thing. He knows what he is doing. When I come home his ears are back, his head is down, and he just has that bad dog look on his face.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">He does NOT know what he is doing. Dogs live in the moment. If you catch him in the act of chewing up something fine, but 3 hours later, 1 hour later, 5 minutes later is TOO LATE to teach him he is doing wrong. You are judging him by human standards and he is just being a dog. Dogs chew. They only way he knows what is okay to chew and what is not okay to chew is to catch him being good and rewarding him for it, or to catch him being bad and correcting him for it.

The response you are getting is not guilt. That is a human emotion. He is acting submissive in anticipation of your reaction which he doesn't understand. You used to come home happy to see him, and now, inexplicably, you come home and blow up. He is incapable of connecting that to something he did before you got there.

When we were in obedience classes with Cassidy our trainer said the window of opportunity to reward a behavior is 1-1/2 seconds. Yup, SECONDS. So if your dog sits, 3 seconds go by and then you reward him for the sit you are actually rewarding him for what he did AFTER he sat.

He needs to go back in the crate when you're not there. He's still young, and he may need to be crated until he is 2, or even longer. The only way to keep him from behaving inappropriately when you're not there to supervise is to make it impossible.

A really good book that explains how dogs think and learn is "Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson. It can be eyeopening and will teach you to rethink they way you train your dog. It's a great book, and I highly recommend that you read it.

Good luck with him.

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Oh boy do I have lots of plans for Koda....LOL. Basically I want to do what he loves to do. Right now we are working on being a good all around companion. So basically we are working on manners, long downs, heeling (this one is tough). We will take the CGC soon, and when my book arrives we will be working on becoming pet partners for theapy work. I am also working on tracking. Main goal though is to do theapy work. I take that back, main goal is for Koda and I to keeping building that wonderful bond we have, then theapy work. We have a wheelchair coming next week and am working on getting a walker. Koda already knows how to open the fridge and the stove (this does really come in handy when your hands are full and you forgot to open the stove or fridge) and he loves it! He thinks he had done the greatest thing in the world, which in my eyes he has. As long as Koda loves doing it, we will do it, no matter what it may be. I don't think I am cut out for Sch work though. Nah, my heart is with helping people and the dogs are a great portal to do that.
With Duck, right now my goal is to keep him potty trained....LOL. There is some alpha issues going on with him and Koda and he is marking his territory. He will take his CGC soon too! I think my son is going to take him through paw partners and is working on tracking with him. Life with a griff is very difficult sometimes, at least my griff, he's smarter than me. Ahhh my plans, it looks easy in writing doesn't it....LOL.


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These posts really are helping me. I took mine to a class, arrived early and got the idea that some of the people in the class before mine were thinking i was a loser for taking this nice dog and turning him into a couch potato. I have spent the entire weekend thinking "but I just want a great companion".
 

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I love this subject. My pup is 10 months old and started with puppy class, then beginning obedience and has two more weeks in this session of advanced class. She will continue in advanced II - there are several small groups at different stages and the classes are tailored to the dogs and the handler's goals.
This is my dog's work and she loves it - she demos for the beginning class.
I'm looking into rally-o, but my main goal is bonding with my dog and keeping her socialized with all kinds of dogs and people. I want a "take anywhere" dog.
Commands I most want rock solid? Recall and wait.
 
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Can anyone sugest a better way to accomplish loose leash walking without the sled dog effect?
We're doing the dead stop/I'm a tree thing. As soon as he looks at me we go forward again. Am I doing something wrong. It is taking a long time. Is there a better way. We are just going to practice ad practice...but it isn't the most fun I have ever had. He is awesome with command in the yard.
 

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There are several ways to teach loose lead walking. It is hard to tell what is going on over the internet, of course. Maybe you need to be more interactive than just the "stopping,make like a post, move on" routine. I have fun training this so I think with maybe some change up you can also.

Here is an article that describes a method of training loose leash behavior:

http://www.petpeoplesplace.com/Care/Dogs/003/27.htm
 

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Up the ante - He needs to come back to you before you move on. Yes these walks are slow - it takes a few times out -- a week or two of slow, short walks. Having a great treat for when he does come back to your side will help this along. (It makes you far less boring.)
 
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