In addition to Rin Tin Tin, German Shepherds, in general, have a reputation for being serious, brave, loyal, and intelligent. They serve as Police Dogs, Military Canines, Service Dogs, Schutzhund Champions, and Bomb Sniffers. If your Shepherd is very excitable, then you may feel disappointed or frustrated when you see other German Shepherds on TV or in real life acting so composed. Most of the German Shepherds that you see were at one time or another excitable though, especially when they were puppies and adolescents. Most Shepherds that serve in such impressive roles had to be taught to focus, obey, and tune out distractions. Even if your Shepherd will never be the next Rin Tin Tin, he probably has a lot of potential and can learn many new things once you teach him how to be calm enough to focus.
Dog was surrendered to our rescue. What can I do to ease his anxiety. He paces, whines, whimpers, howls and tries to dash out the door every time it is opened. He has a huge appetite and appears to be under weight.
Hello Aimed, How does pup do with people, like you? If pup is not fearful of human interaction, simply nervous about being left there, I recommend practicing regular obedience, especially heeling, with pup. Work on teaching pup new commands and tricks, and working up to more skill in the commands he already knows. Work on a structured heel that involves lots of turns, have pup obey commands to earn food. Keep interactions calm and confident with pup. Feed pup their meals through interactive things like durable puzzle toys, kong wobbles, dog food stuffed chew toys, ect... You can also practice confidence building exercises like teaching pup to navigate agility obstacles - you can even create your own from household items or PVC pipe/wood - there are many diy articles online if you don't want to buy equipment. The act of overcoming new physical obstacles can help nervous dogs gain confidence often times. You want to act confident, happy, and calm around pup - not pitying, acting nervous, or angry yourself if you can help it (it's hard not to pity a scared dog but often they need us to feel sure when they don't). Structure and clear communication and boundaries, as well as stimulating pup a lot mentally, an average amount of physical exercise, and working on pup's relationship with you through regular training sessions that involve things like mostly lure reward training. You may also find this article helpful - shy dogs: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-socialize-a-shy-dog/ Whatever you do, be sure that pup is secure in the fence, harness/collar leash, ect...since they are a flight risk right now. I would use a front clip harness like ruffwear or something like a martingale collar, and not a regular buckle collar if pup may try to slip that during walks. Whatever you use, make sure it's secure. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Harlie is a rescue. She is very intelligent but I just can’t get her too enjoy calm for more than 10 seconds. I try to watch and reward her but I end up having to kennel her more than I want because she wants to continually fetch.
Hello Ruth, Check out the videos linked below. Work on teaching pup a 1-2 hour place command. This will take persistence from you and she will need to be worked up to it gradually. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Another calming exercise - crate manners with an open crate: https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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