|Barked: Thu Feb 28, '13 9:22pm PST |
|You have let things get away from you, and that's where you start. I'd be willing to bet, and this would only be human, that little things slid. I mean, Mulder is your boy wonder. At the same time, his world is redefined, maybe he needs you less.
But I think where you start is was this ever acceptable? No one wants a robot, but there are those few golden commands where 100% compliance is a must. That's one of those training adages I never abandon. Ever. I am very patient raising my puppies, am very foundational and lay the framework before I am asking much from them with their puppy brains, but once they come into their own, we do our work and proofing and they are 100%, that's my hardline. They get a command ONCE. And if they don't respond, there is consequence. Failure on a recall means the dog gets collected and tied up or put in the car while his other dog mates have fun, or taken home and ignored for a bit.
So I can understand "poor Mulder" when he is mopey. I can understand "poor Mulder's mom" when you feel some separation to his sense of bond. That's a sad thing and does deserve your heart. But you have posted long enough on him for me to "know" him, and Mulder flipping you off on simple commands is not "poor Mulder." It is BAD Mulder. These are things that have earned him his liberty, are what allow you to let him enjoy his life with good conscience. Remember what your breed is....German Shepherd....and ask what you can expect of them in terms of OB. They are not dogs who struggle with this, but certainly when lacking a respect, i.e., not taking you very seriously, can be very rude. They have all the underpinnings to be one hundred percenters. You should expect no less. Don't forget all that adaptability, resiliency you (fairly)stress when promoting this breed. Yeah, that's in there.
You don't need an ecollar. You need to remind yourself and get back to basics with him. And instill back in him that come means come or the party is over.
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