|Barked: Wed Jan 2, '13 8:39am PST |
|Were you familiar with GSDs before you got her? They are legendary in how long they take to mature & how frustrating their adolescent years can be. She may take a couple more years until she fully settles down.
PLEASE throw away that shock collar. It is obvious you do not know how to properly use it. It is totally inappropriate to use in the way you have been doing.
Positive training, applied consistently, sessions done daily, works wonders with them. GSDs really want to please you, but if she thinks you are not a strong enough leader, she WILL be willing to step into the role.
When you go for walks, what do they look like? What is her job on a walk? Does she get to pull you hither & yon, or do you reinforce a good, right beside you, loose leash? A typical walk for us involves obedience training...heel, sitting at a corner, sudden direction changes, stays. Then a chance to sniff, mark, eliminate for a few minutes. Then back into obedience mode.
Does she have a *place or *crate command? If she is not greeting appropriately, she should be tethered to you to ensure she is not jumping.
It is much easier to train for what you want, rather than what you don't want. If you want her to sit and let guests greet her, then that is what you work on. Do not give her opportunities to practice unwanted behaviour. You can't try to enforce a rule, then just give up because she "just won't do it."
I once had to take 27 minutes to get a one minute stay. Body blocking, returning calmly to place, etc.
I still do at least 15 minutes of reinforcing basic commands every day, as well as training new *parlour tricks. This helps tire out his mind & reminds him that I give the commands. Praise, play, treats come when he complies.
Oh...one more thing...Squam is 3 1/2 & still full of beans....so hang in there
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