May be males … not sure of course. I am crying every day as it is tough. And a quick run around outside each day will help too. I’m so pleased you found this valuable. And they are also more territorial in a place they see as their own domain, like their yard. Take my walks with him for example. Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how impressed/thankful I am for you. Now every time you see Soldier doing something you like and want him to continue doing, click and reward him on the spot. I feel like my dog doesn’t listen when I’m positive though. 🙂. In the case of the GSD, the breed-specific function is herding and guarding. In this second fear period dogs can become “fearful” of familiar and unfamiliar things, even if they are well socialized like Zeus is. You may be wondering what you can do to encourage your GSD to respond to you in a positive way. If you want to invite a German Shepherd into your life and you live in an apartment, you’ll need to resolve to give your dog the stimulation he or she needs everyday. Putting time and effort into training humanely will ensure you have a greater bond with your dog which will last forever. And I’m about to show you exactly how you can do this: Use these 7 Golden Rules when teaching your German Shepherd to make training easy and fun but above all successful…. I also want to mention that my parents have different ways on handling Nathan. Despite him feeling ill, he’ll quickly learn that these behaviors you’re rewarding him for are favorable. And yes, humping is totally normal, even at Soldier’s age. If he’s self-playing on his bed, mat or in his crate – click and reward. But absolutely will not go to my husband and everytime he sees my husband or mu children he seems to get really anxious and starts panting and whining. It could be that Soldier was having an off day and not feeling well. Thanks for sharing this refreshing story of your super-intelligent boy! Desensitizing and counter-conditioning Zeus to other dogs is important here. Like I mentioned earlier, when she is with us at home she has the most gentle temperament. One of mine sounds like he says “come” when he’s ready to play. If she can reach far back, then definitely make a point of not leaving any kind of food or something she’ll find rewarding if she pulls it off the counter. An easy game that doesn’t take much work on their part is the nose touch or targeting game. She's never had a problem with any of the other dogs around there. She has separation anxiety, but with the help of a trainer, I believe it’ll get better. Some good training books to consider are “Don’t Shoot the Dog” by Karen Pryor, “Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs” by Karen Pryor, “The Power of Positive Dog Training” by Pat Miller, “25 Stupid Mistakes Dog Owners Make” by Janine Adams, and “The Mentally Sound Dog: How to Shape, Train and Change Canine Behavior” by Gail I. Clark. I am wondering if there is anything specific I should be doing to help him get closer to us.?? I had to let my Siberian husky go in first for to see it was safe and walk them out in the open for about 15 min. Yes, you’re certainly on the right track with your plan to desensitize and counter-condition Tala. It’s also based on the science of behavior. If you do have a treat bag, slide the treat bag behind your back so she can’t see it. Learn how your comment data is processed. she is not fixed and looks just like your dog on the video. It sounds like your female is super smart! Has he ever acted this way before during a storm? I am wondering if she had a bad experience before she came to me. And because you’re not sure whether he’ll actually act out on what looks like aggression, working with a professional is the safest option. He plays rough with people every time he starts playing rough I misdirect him with a toy, but when it comes to the younger husky he just won’t stop until we put them into separate rooms. Dogs are just like humans, we don’t do everything on cue as we’re ‘supposed’ to. You and your mom should both work with Nathan on this game. A friend of mine and her husband regularly bring their adult pit bull over to play also. It will take plenty of time, patience, and consistency, but it is a skill well worth investing in! And then always remember to alternate your hands when delivering the reward. I know we lack something and I hope you can help. ", "The 7th step was very helpful as I don't know much about dogs. You can sign up to ‘Dog Speak’ here: Sometimes I get frustrated and grab him a bit hard so he can listen, but after reading this i realized that I’m doing things the wrong way. "We received Sebastian at 7 weeks, he's very playful and chews on everything. Just follow my video in the clicker training article but instead of clicking and rewarding you say ‘yes’ (or whatever word you decide to use) and the reward. Your German Shepherd comes from a long bloodline of working dogs. Jumping up is a behavior that has a lot to do with triggers and thresholds. Or you can use your voice. How can I help this? Because they are so intelligent, German Shepherds need lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise to be truly happy, well-balanced dogs. I googled “training a GSD 3 year old” and your site came up. But you’re on the right track, you’re doing a great job and you have a good grasp of the situation. He sometimes nips visitors – and it is definitely a nip. Your German Shepherd will respond best to training with positive reinforcement. I help her by actively managing any situation that arises where she feels uncomfortable. Drop any other questions you have in the comments, I’m happy to help. I inherited my brothers 12 month old female shep. Once I wanted 20 minutes for a dog to get the message and stop jumping. Your praise and reward will need to come within two to three seconds of the behavior you are reinforcing. Please, let me thank you and God bless you for the work you are doing; it is sorely needed. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend starting with clicker training. Can you help me. Please feel free to drop me any comments or emails with other questions you have, I’m happy to help where I can. And I hope you have a great trip and that Abby has a lovely stay at her kennels. I’d like some advice on how to handle the aggression. He protects my mother, which is good in some situations. ☺ Nothing we’re trying is working. I know that it has only been a few days five to be exact that I have had her but I would like to make training a daily part of our routine and don’t want to set her up to fail. The second thing to understand is that the GSD is ultra loyal. However for Max’s sake and ours to be honest as were so used to having two boys we went ahead and got ourselves a pup (8 weeks old) black and tan boy named Teddy, at present weve only had him two days and Max has taken to him fantastically well the excitement on his face when we bought him home was a joy to see as he has been a sad shadow of himself since his buddy passed away. I’m not saying you can’t have a GSD while living in an apartment because there are people who have large yards who neglect the physical needs of their dog. The time spent training your German shepherd is an excellent way for you to bond with your dog, learn their personality, and build trust. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. We have tried to redirect him, we’ve tried the firm but not yelling saying no. And got very good at just telling the person “could you move away from my dog please.” Max is much younger than Charley was when she became mine, so only time will tell if Max can overcome it all or whether he’ll still be cautious. The more complicated behaviors of being a service dog will require that he’s fluid and reliable with these and other basics. And you’re so right that it’s a tribute to your girl that has crossed over the rainbow bridge. It also has a section on how to use food and how to get Xena to show you which treats she values highly. And I try to make sure I stop the session before he checks out. The trainer who developed the program uses games as a way to train dogs, so the focus is on using their natural intelligence to help them learn the things we want them to do. But use high value treats, higher than you did before. And the best part of all, the increased trust and bonding that results as a “side effect” from these methods is the greatest perk for dog owners. when we got her as an 8 wk old puppy my daughter was almost 3 years old (she’s be 6 soon). When your dog is standing in front of you hold the treat just out of his reach. They have high drives that need to be stimulated or they can become destructive and even depressed. I have a 5 yr old GSD that we rescued 6 months ago. For a high drive dog who’s still learning the ropes, not completely in control of her impulses yet and comes from a tough background 96% is pretty darn good. The Ultimate Guide to Training Your German Shepherd Puppy: Includes Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, Crate, Leash, Socialization, Potty Training and How to Eliminate Bad Habits by Brittany Boykin [amazom nox=”B07KCKRBNS”] The title says it all. She has chewed the carpeting on our staircase, chewed the wooden frame of a recliner, chewed 2 pair of eyeglasses and chewed a hole in the cushion of a love seat. He obeys all the basic commands as well as some more advanced ones, however there is an issue which he has, where sometimes he will have a protective bark at people he knows (namely my uncles who have their morning walks and come over to say hello). All dog owners feel frustrated with their dogs at times. If the dog does something else in between the desired behavior and the reward, you are rewarding the last thing that the dog performed. Two: Sometimes we as owners need to understand the limitations our dogs have and help them to live life to the fullest within the parameters they are comfortable with. But it might be worth noting that your girl could be driven by physical affection to begin with or even exercise like a walk in the woods or at the park. She trust me but head no respect for me she thinks I am her okay toy and she is AlphA female hoe do I fix that. Did you adopt a German Shepherd lately and are in need of some training tips? I can relate to your experience. You can’t control it for him, you’ve got to give him the tools to do it himself, and it is possible. If I turn my back to her she will just jump on my back. They have their quirks, their moods and personalities. Either way, the fact that he looked to you to help him sooth is a great sign that a bond of trust is forming. And just like us, if someone oversteps that boundary a dog will react. Here’s an article on how to teach your dog to focus and why they don’t listen sometimes. Usually I recommend one person to train a dog. So I recommend starting now with clicker training and positive reinforcement training which is a fun and force-free way yo train our dogs. Over time and with a lot of practice she’ll learn the concept that keeping all 4 paws on the ground is the best way to make good things happen. Make the bowl no big deal. Thanks. Unfortunately soldier has become symptomatic again ?, Your puppy should be 8-10 weeks old and started on their vaccine series for this first class. It feels like she doesn’t respect me. My girl Charley came to live with us at the age of 6. I recommend checking out and following the online dog training program that I have used to train all my rescue dogs and puppies. If you want an active running dog get one get a little greyhound! And then also only allow interaction if there is direct supervision from you or your husband and preferably some barrier to prevent accidental bites. I appreciate the great tips. Thanks for letting me know about Soldier. Get a dog behaviorist in to work with your dog in your home one-on-one. Just like our own natural child we cannot stand it when her feelings are hurt. Even the things you don’t want him to learn. Working with a professional is the best way to bring Zeus’ sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems back into balance. However, the moment anyone else tries to come close to our house she goes mental. Is it when you leave home? Gabriella, I really recommend getting a treat bag if you don’t already have one. Read this article on PTSD in a doggy after a dog attack. Hi. I’m sorry to hear about your loss of Butch. So it goes to show just how closely canines and humans are connected. He has the basics down. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments. :)", "Learning that I can still train my dog even if he is not a puppy anymore was helpful. Keep me posted. We have no friends or family who can keep her so she will go back to the same doggie daycare/kennel. I’ve raised 2 rescues that had no training and they are well-adjusted now. Thank you so much for sharing your profound wisdom!!!! He has absolutely learned the commands, but chooses to follow them on his terms. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. I have a border collie who’s 12 weeks and can do about 20 tricks. Since I’ve been at home and it’s been winter I haven’t had any reason to go out much so he has developed some kind of seperation anxiety. We have a Bible Club in our yard each Sunday and the children love Onyx and Onyx loves them. She has a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a BS from Rutgers University. I’d like to ask for an advice regarding my 7 year old GSD. If you sign up for’Dog Speak’ you’ll get the link to the group. When my husband isn’t home she’s loving and cuddles and listens so well. Have you asked the trainer to elaborate as to why they are saying you shouldn’t walk your girl? doggy daycare might help him to have fun without you. He was in there awhile, and Oscar just staring at the door impatiently, says,” mon!” telling my husband to come on! He came from a breeder and we didnt recieve much background information on him. Dog Behaviorist & Trainer. I know he loves and respects me, and obviously I love him too. And the concern is that from his dog’s perspective the trust is gone and that there is no chance of fixing what’s been broken. We have a large yard, but the weather doesn’t allow much outdoor time through this past fall/winter season of snow and excessive rain; so she doesn’t get out much. I keep him leashed .Today he was pretty aggressive not once but twice. ", understand my methods and listened. I had to laugh about how your parents invited Onyx into their lives while you were away on a trip! We mountain hike Recently however he started challenging us and doing this closed mouth growling. Thanks We’re in the 57 & 61 age bracket, so we’re not very active people and I think this is hurting her. When we got back, it was me who picked her up. I work with him daily on basic simple commands , he will not listen. If you have other questions drop them in the comments. 🙂. I consistently practice most everything you talk about above. Ideally you want to stop the behavior before it happens. And if you want to make use of the quiet command, check out this article which gives detailed steps of how to teach the speak/quiet command. I hope this helps. Now in terms of the biting. Her nose will follow the treat. When you have guests, give them a bunch of treats too and let them join in the capturing. I have not given up on her but I am not sure what else to do? Weve always had German Shepherds as theyre the best dog their is, each one has been fantastic with our kids and always an excellent temprement however our current 4 year old white coated boy is doing something none of our previous shepherds have done. And sadly at this point , with amount we’ve had to put out and it’s been extremely expensive we at this point even if I could find a behavioral therapist to work with him it’s just not affordable anymore especially due to this last test. The first step to training a German Shepherd is to identify who will be the Alpha leader. I wrote about it in this article. As for e-collars. ANYTHING you like and want Soldier to learn, click and reward. It’s in this stage that some dogs have a second fear period (the first one being at 8 to 10 weeks). Even Dakota barked etc at other dogs but Cheyenne goes from window to window running thru the house and I can’t get thru to her. No eye contact, no speaking, no attention whatsoever. Check out this article on jumping and fun ways you can stop it from happening. Leash training means your German Shepherd puppy should walk on a leash at your pace. Regardless of whether a dog likes or loves a friend or guest, we should dissuade people from invading our dog’s personal space. It does mean you’ll need to have treats with you at all times until the new behavior is taught. See that old dog that needs to learn new tricks? Another way is to get visitors to engage in a game with Zizi and not just give treats. If he’s allowing someone to stroke him without nipping or barking – click and reward. she is now 15 months- she jumps on me alot- how to I stop this behavior- we received her with better manners than what she has now developed. I rescued my GSD about a year ago when he was around 18 months. He’s 4mo tomorrow I should add, that he is not aggressive to any children. He’s also usually too playful during training and doesn’t respond to my efforts. If you love the breed, German Shepherds can’t be beat! I hae a GSD who over the past 2 years has become very possessive of me. The type of connection separating a well trained dog from an amazing dog like you have. Every dollar contributed enables us to keep providing high-quality how-to help to people like you. Then lastly, if you find that progress from your efforts has flatlined, it might be worth enlisting the help of a professional dog behaviorist. Since she has had such a bad past with being tied up all the time and obviously never being trained I also highly recommend starting a training program with her. Are you going to train daily? Treatment has not been successful.So I have been trying to do this on my own no easy task. You can do this beautifully with force-free training – a prong collar will just break down the relationship and damage her self-confidence over time. This is a serious concern he will be 4mo on Monday. Back and forth. I really recommend starting with clicker training. My advice is to really work with him on focus.. I am going to start following these rules and understand that he is not a human. I totally understand your feelings about Abby’s emotional state. I personally recommend this program because it has been a game-changer for all my dogs. Un-adoptable because of his hip dysplasia and he is pretty wild (getting better on that)., Gabriella, My 9 year old GSD Charley is like that. I was thinking I need to sit out side with her, wait till people pass if she doesn’t react badly then reward her? The more anxious I am the more her dog-aggression shows. So, check out the games I recommend for teaching bite inhibition. LISTEN TO YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD. What I noticed with her after many, many attempt to help her overcome her fearfulness towards other dogs is two-fold. I just recently got him and he hasn’t had any training whatsoever. For German Shepherd puppy training, it is advisable to take him out every half an hour for a pee. Although it could also be in part because he’s sensitive to bad weather. This will build her confidence. I will try the one visitor at a time I think you have a good point maybe he’s getting to overwhelmed and anxious. It’s a worthwhile investment and it’s something I still use for my dogs today. The natural response will be for your dog to drop his behind so that he can keep eye contact with the treat. And another benefit of these management systems is to stop her from practicing the behavior, since counter-surfing and digging in trash cans is rewarding for dogs when they get hold of food and even a dirty diaper. And also try to remember that our dogs pick up on our feelings too. It’s just a matter of figuring out what that is. Any thoughts? We have recently adopted a 5 month old. Your girl is so lucky to have come across you! You can successfully train a dog of any age. This is based on outdated studies done in the 30s and 40s. Thanks. Unfortunately, rehoming a GSD is hard. This type of training for a German Shepherd includes any advanced of complex activities they may need to perform either as a job or just as a more complicated and rewarding playtime with you. She therefore barks and threatens people she sees daily and knows very well – but only when she is at our house and they enter her territory. I’m so sorry to hear about Dakota, she sounds like she had a wonderful life with you. Good on you for inviting a fully grown GSD into your home. Yesterday although my adult grandfather that lives with us was sitting in the living room just talking to soldier and it was like someone flipped a switch he started barking and lunging hair up , for no reason. But Mason, our GSD, has a trait I have never encountered. But there are things you can do to try and minimize this tendency. I think now that Max has a buddy again you might not need to consider neutering at all once things calm down. Before he was diagnosed, she’s not a loud boisterous child very soft spoken I read the 7 golden rules and went outside to begin preliminary training. And perhaps also the psychology behind how your boy learns. I had a difficult time calming him down he would not listen. I’m not so sure I agree with your vet. Thank you. Now training will also tire him out which is a good thing. Thank you, on a positive note I am working on the hand signals for the barking and actually making a little progress, and I did watch the video and read the article on the Giardia it was most helpful. How can I help her and improve the situation. She was a rescue found starving on the streets of Atlanta. Remember earlier when I said that your German Shepherd actually wants to please you? As you already know the GSD is very territorial and protective. Have you explored the idea of clicker training? And after that, even if they are not in real danger, their sympathetic nervous system that controls the fight, flight or freeze response doesn’t see it that way. Your German Shepherd will respond best to training with positive reinforcement. Lately been training them both to walk beside me with a leash. My first thought is to have her checked out by her vet. We started the process of rehoming Max because we felt like we couldn’t trust him around the children. Hello! But if I’m calm – in breathing, movements and voice the situation immediately changes to a more positive one. I loved reading your article. Here’s a link to the Potty Training Guide, if you’re interested in checking it out. Instead of trying to put him in to a formal training session which seems to be backfiring. Let’s figure out how we can help Max deal with what’s in front of you now. reading your article has given us a few suggestions re barking and focus but how can i tell if he is a danger to other dogs or just wants to play? I did learn some. The program is unique because it taps into our dog’s natural intelligence and uses games to teach dogs how to make the right choices. It won’t take long before the puppy realizes that you near the bowl means food and good things and it is not something to guard. Yes, I have one of those exceptionally busy dogs! But you must start by using the clicker training method. So I’d keep a part of her daily food ration handy and randomly scatter feed her on the ground. We are not happy and I can’t help but wonder if she is happy. If you could make a video of the situation you described where he’s unruly when people come over. Training your shepherd will be a growing experience for both of you. Because so much has happened recently and because you’ve got a new best friend for Max I think adding a general anesthetic experience and desexing him would be an extra load he doesn’t need right now. I know that we need to make some changes in our approach and she probably needs more activity. In terms of the jumping, the best method is to ‘make like a tree’. unlocking this expert answer. And if your dog was caged a lot and didn’t get attention from his previous owner you do have a lot of work to do. German Shepherd owners like to praise the breed’s noble and unique appearance, especially the eyes, ears, and alert head carriage.Others enjoy the breed’s flowing, effortless trot. So yeah, think hard on that one! It sounds over cautious on their part. I know he still has a lot to learn. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube. I highly recommend looking into training your boy using clicker training and food rewards. Curtis. Now set out 40, 50 or 60 small pieces of treats – these are going to last you the entire day. I have never seen a dog with a drive and energy like that and, of course, his training is equally unbelievable. Obviously we need some guidance and help. It’s a great way to train and it’s kind as well. Dogs are super smart, so it’s very likely that he’ll start associating strangers approaching him with the shock, so there’s a risk of making him more aggressive towards strangers. The instinct of these dogs is to serve and protect. My German Shepherd is 12 months old and a female. If you’re interested in force-free, kind training I’d like to suggest a good training program I often recommend. And started to charge the fence not once but twice fortunately I was able to get him under control . I’d also like to know how to stop him from jumping and licking my hands everytime I get close to him. And funnily enough I’ve had about 10 comments on my blog in the last week where this is the underlying issue. Once Zizi knows this game, you can encourage your visitors to engage with her in this game when they arrive. If you have other questions, just drop them in the comments. I’m so please this article has helped you with potty training your new little girl. The problem is she is SO headstrong. This will keep Bo on his toes. I feel like I’m often too serious and rigid, so I’m working on being more positive. It’s better to get this dealt with while he’s still young so bite the bullet, it won’t take long before he learns that jumping gets him no attention. Any suggestions? Whether you’ve just brought home your first German Shepherd. We have 3 lab mixes that are mellow and older, a pit bull and another intense breed. Dogs see any reaction to a behavior as attention. Although, she did have some limitations in that there was a certain “look” in men that would make her flip. I also recommend an online training program called Brain Training for Dogs. I’ve written about my experiences and my opinions of the program in an article on my site and I also had the privilege of interviewing the trainer who developed the program. She follows all commands easily when the kids and I am alone with her. And it’s not his fault he’s sick . You can work with him on this yourself or you can get a positive dog trainer in to help you. Working on house training with pads. She’s growled at my son and I, raised her hackles at us, and on rare occasions bared her teeth. And within a split second Charley, who has just had hip surgery, jumped up on all fours and started barking madly. All I could think was ‘this dog is going to be miserable and so am I.’. She just gets so excited. She has been since I got her at age 18 months. It’ll take time but you can teach him exactly how you want him to play, behave and react – to live in harmony with his humans. 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