|Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M|
I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Wed Jan 2, '13 5:37pm PST |
|GSDs are perpetual ball busters at this age. With some different genetic influences, American lines can be ridiculously on their toes, hyper, prodding, behaviorally spastic with off the charts energy. And experts at putting your nerves in a blender and splicing them into smithereens.
This schedule, this dog is running your life. Ok, so you probably know that I see you got a Saint Bernard, too, to try to even her out. You need to stop getting caught up in this. She's ruling your roost.
Firstly, please invest in some puzzle toys and some bones. Things to keep her busy and occupied. Bones are good, too. She should have access to something that will occupy the crap out of her daily. The optimum time for this would be when you are making dinner.
2) Have your husband call you when he is coming home. Then take her for a walk. Then come home and feed her. Tell him to stay in the livingroom or something She's too habitual with the crazy greeting, so break the pattern.
3) When you say training, do you pattern work this dog? And by this I mean, do you have a preset obedience training pattern when you train, or is it just a bunch o' sits, down, etc.? You should come up with a two or three minute pattern that mingles in all her known commands. You should go out expecting her to complete this pattern flawlessly, daily. When she goofs, go back to the beginning of the pattern. Don't let her boss you around. Often with teenagers, we need some gauge or bar to see how well we are doing, who is wearing the pants in the relationship and so on. My counsel is always pattern work. It's just this disciplined thing by which you can judge. If you can't map a pattern yourself, I will map one for you. It should include commands you are confident she knows well. And then that's it....you are on it until she does it right. GSDs are notoriously sneaky at this age. You want a PERFECT pattern every day. If she goofs, return to the beginning sequence of the pattern. Say a word that marks you are doing this..."restart," "no" or whatever.
*****GSDs have an inherent willingness to please. I don't care the individual dog, they DO! But it is a breed where sometimes you need to earn their respect....not through shock collars and the like (not ragging on you, lol), but from them seeing you are a good leader, decision maker and that you can control a scene (meaning environmental, vs her herself). With these behaviors and yodeling sequences et al, she is not thinking you are much of that.
4) In respect of the above, take yoga, count back from ten slowly, whatever you need to do, but CHILL! She is under your skin. Don't think she can't sense that. You need to be calm. Saying words slower, motions slower....that can help. Very hard to will yourself to be calm, but you need to do this. Often faking it before you make it can do wonders I have worked with many teenage GSDs owners and I can just hear them through you. If you act agitated, you lose their respect. They aren't looking at you as someone who control your own horizon.
5) Mat train. Do you know what this is? It is the most productive way to give time outs and work on impulse control at the same time.
6) Practice NLIF. She gets nothing, ever, that is her own idea. Just go cold turkey, my friend. And when YOU decide she is getting something, and only then, make her do something for it.
7) She will earn couch cuddles later. She's too much walking over you right now. Have her down quietly by your feet. If she can stay there five minutes, then you could entertain the thought of asking her up.
8) Patience exercises. Treat on floor (first in your hand) with counts of time, start at ten (counts), extend to fifty (counts), waiting until you release her.
9) 9) Will she/do you play tug???? That can be very helpful in building impulse control.
Will add if you got her at five weeks, that is part of your problem. She missed out on a critical learning period with her littermates, which can put her behind the bar.
Edited by author Wed Jan 2, '13 5:39pm PST
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