We have an 12 week old Lab/shepard mix "Buck". The pick of the litter, calm and submissive puppy, as puppys go I guess. He's going to be a big dog and with 4 kids I need him to be well trained. I thought I was doing everything right, reading the books, watching the Dog shows, 30 min walks every day twice sometimes.. he's house trained, almost leash trained. He pretty good with the kids. Waits for his food ect ect. We just love him! But sometimes he just will not back down when he gets spazzy!! Jumping up and trying to bite my hands, i stand my ground but so does he.
Today after redirecting him from digging and trying to get him into a game of fetch he just kept chewing and growling at my feet, when I told him to stop he reared up and bit/nipped my hand and kept jumping, growling and nipping at my leg and feet. So I "downed" him, the way my dog loving friend and the dog whisper say to and he fights it hard, when he calmed I let him go and he went all crazy (playful i think) and nipping and jumpping again. Ugh!! he drew blood from claw marks all over my arms. He just fights so hard. Should I have kept "downing" him or is this just crazy puppy behavior??? Help! I dont want this to get out of hand. Thanks!! Michelle
First off stop watching the dog whisperer, you are not dealing with a dog, you are dealing with a puppy, you need to find some good training books, not a fixer on TV. I like Stanley Coren, there are lots of other good ones though.
Second thing he is a PUPPY, he is not being aggressive, which is what Ceser is dealing with when he dominates a dog. He is acting like a puppy, when he nips yelp. Make a loud high pitched noise, even say owe if you want to, that is how they learn to not bite. This is why many breeders do not allow pups to leave before 12 weeks, they learn so much in those last couple or weeks.
If you already have him sitting and partly leash trained you are doing just fine, manners take time, my Mastiff/Rotty mix was still nipping when I got him at months, but he is fine now at 2 years, it took time, consistency and training not dominating.
He's acting like a 12 week old puppy. Use the above suggestions as well as a Firm NO when he bites at you, then ignore him until he settles. He needs to know he does not get attention (which is a reward to them) when he is acting that way.
Puppy obedience classes will also help. Even though you are doing well already with the training, a trainer can also help you in correcting him when he is getting riled up.
the puppy classes also show social accepted behavior. all puppies must behave and show some manners and they will learn from each other. i just homed out my entire litter of newfie's, all 12, and there is a free class for puppies locally. quite a few of my pups are enrolled. getting together in any controlled space with other pup parents can be sooooo great all around. we all, dog and human, learn constantly. how cool is that!! met new friends, set up play-dates and enjoy that coffee break when the kids are pooped out, and quiet
Your so right about taking him home to soon, he came from a cousin that had a unplaned litter and wanted to get rid of them asap so he was free and we took him home at 6 weeks. I do feel better that this is puppy behavior, I guess I'm overly worried about being the alpha because of the german shepard in him. THank you so much for you time and I'll check out the book suggested. Off to walk the dog
If you took your pup home at 6 weeks, he definitely missed out on bite inhibition that would have happened with interraction with his dam, and littermates. You have to pretend you're a brother or a sister that he's hurting with rough play, as was mentioned above. I would'nt worry about the GSD in him necessarily, all pups have to learn bite inhibiion. I think you are doing a great job, just need to yelp or screech loudly when he bites you, then re-direct him.Puppy classes will also be a big help. Good luck with him.
With a puppy, I will do 2 things ( I actually look for pups that have a strong desire to bite...I do police dog style sport...called Schutzund) with a puppy to keep my hands safe. I will carry a toy with me...One special toy. I do not let the dog play with this by himself. This toy is between me and the dog.
when the puppy bites my hand, I will make it into a fist...this makes tough for the dog to bite, and it's not much fun for them. And no matter how bad it hurts, I remain silent. I make the hand the dog is biting still. So the dog has no fun with it. I will pull out the toy and wave it...make quick jerky actions with it. then I will make it still. then back to moving it. the dog will sooner or later turn it's attention to the toy. once the dog the grabs the toy. I praise them...act like they won the olympics and play tug.
Then I will set play up at times when the dog may have a lot energy. I will give the toy to the dog. and play tug. push them lightly...make it fun. But the game is with my toy, not my hand.
This is no more than a dog trying to start a game. just teach him the rules.
Some dogs with yelling oouch or yelping, will just make things worse. other dogs they will get it, and stop biting. So pay attention to what works and what does not. Another game is get a leash, and take the buckle off of it. so you do not hit the pup with it. And tie an old piece of leather or dish towel to. Then I take the toy and throw it by the dog...I try to get them to grab the toy. once they give chase I make them miss 2 or 3 times. then let them win.
Then later, now you have toy that knows your fun, and you have toys. Now you can control these toys to get the dog to do obedience for them. using the toys as rewards.
Discpline with something like this, just creates conflict in the relationship you have with your dog. This can create all kinds of problems. Who wants to be with someone that's a buzzkill? Take the pups eagerness and just teach him the appropriate behavior. He does not understand yet what he is doing wrong.
And sometimes when the dog bites your hand. put the dog in the crate over.
Dog wants to bite me. game over. See how being along feels.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
So glad I found this site! ALl my family said I have to show the dog who's boss... I'v been so much calmer and enjoyed him so much more after reading the posts on here. The rag on a line tip his been awesome for the kids to play with the pup and the pup not "play" with them.
That is the problem with that stupid dog whisperer show, people think that is how you train a dog. You dont train a dog by dominating it, showing it whos boss doesnt teach it anything, unless you have a DOG who is running your house that damned show does nothing for a person.
I like watching the Dog Whisper too....but I have never been able to use anything he has done while training any of my pups.. I have a 7 yr old GSD that is my medical alert buddy ( I won't call him a service dog, he's not my servant)and my best friend, I have had GSD's and black labs all my life and they are great dogs if you can make it past the puppy stage,Gunny gave you some great advice, just remember these are both working breeds and have a high energy level being yours is mixed makes no difference, he is a puppy add that to his breeding and you have a dynamo on your hands~ try keeping him busy ~ my dogs always have 2 toys, their toy that they have at will to play with ( helps prevent chewing, biting,ect)this is usually a hard rubber toy ~ when I catch them chewing something or biting a firm no and give them their toy for distraction if they still misbehave in the crate they go~ then there is our toy, this is used for training, excersize, ect..this is the only time they are allowed to have this toy... he is still a puppy and has a TON of energy to burn off (thats the lab in him)maybe a extra walk or two can help....good luck..
If people were more like animals the world would be a better place...
You are doing a good thing by redirecting the dog while digging, and you might want to carry that over to the biting. What I've always done is disciplined the puppy, then put a toy up to their mouth, and praise them when they bite the toy. What eventually happens is that as soon as you start correcting the puppy for biting, he will start searching for a toy. Not long after that he will skip the biting and go directly for the toys, or bones....
Pull toys (like a rope) are great, because they are a good way for the dog to release that urge to bite into something..