|Barked: Wed Jan 2, '13 12:05pm PST |
|Okay, if that's the case, I know that dog too.
My cousin's GSD. I made it my goal whenever I watched her to actually wear her out. To get her to lay down and stay still for more than 10 seconds on her own in the house. Seriously a tough debacle. I tried a lot of my normal stuff for my 2. Didn't take with that GSD.
She did love the ball, and I ended up putting my old softball skills to good use. Throwing a softball up and hitting it as far as I could with the bat. She never failed to retrieve it and never got tired of it. So, I just stuck with that. Pretty much every day I failed at tiring her completely out. I wore out before her, usually because she loved chewing on the balls and wouldn't give them back and thus chasing would ensue.
So I got smart. Got 2 balls. Asked her to Aus! (drop it) and eventually she complied, knowing she'd get to chase another ball. So, I used that ball to teach other things. She already knew most commands, but I wasn't her owner. I was just her play buddy, so she ignored all my words pretty much from the start.
Fetch with commands was the straw that broke the camel's back. And sure enough, the day came where I was able to sit down and watch T.V. with a "tired" GSD at my side. Tired in quotes because I know if I asked her to do anything, she'd be up for it. But at that moment, she was content to actually lay down and be still.
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