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Old 12-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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what should i do?????

i am in the military and unfortunately 2 weeks after i got my puppy i had to leave for a few months. he was here with my wife and she fed him everyday but he was pretty much left outside by himself for the time i was gone, we have a 1 year old and she is pregnant also, and she is in the military also so she is very busy. i have been back for a little over a month now and trying to instill the basics like sit stay and down( because he has a jumping up problem). he is 6mths and hasent been around other people or other dogs so he barks at everything that walks by and when i get home i play with him for hrs trying to get him to release energy. i try to take him on short walks to get him used to the leash. he isnt house broken but i bring him in the house every now and then to get him used to being in there but he just runs around like a crazy man knocking everything over and pisses my wife off. so long story short i need help!!! lol
so ive been looking in to dog training specialist and i dont like the thought of ecollars. so there is this place thats like a doggy daycare that i take him to

animal house which offers: 8 private training lessons with your pet include: Sit, Loose Leash Walking, Down, Down stay, and Sit stay. Introduction to Off Leash Training; 8 days of play times and socialization in Doggie Day Camp; pet owner education (nutrition, exercise and parasite prevention) Plus two lessons with owner $195
or very expensive private training.

im not sure which would be better to start due to all the areas i need to cover. i think if i take him to the animal house they would teach him the basics and get the opportunity to socialize but i dont want him to attack other dogs and im always kinda skeptical of places like that cause they could tell me one thing and do another.
on the other hand, if i do private sessions then i would be paying alot more but it would be one on one training and they could address house breaking and jumping up etc.. but the cheapest place i found was 100$ for 5x 30 min sessions and i doubt all of my puppies behaviors could be fixed with only 5 sessions. i welcome all feed back, thanks in advance
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I like training where the owner is with the dog, because In the end you're the one who has to use the commands day to do. Do you use treats to train? I train my dog myself. Find something that is his favorite or he loves and use that as a reward for training. Have you used the search bar for other training techniques? There are a lot of threads with wonderful advice. Sounds like he has a lot of energy he needs to burn off. Have you looked into a spring pole or flirt pole to tire him out at all? How long do you do the training for? I work with Cain about 20 minutes twice a day for training.


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Old 12-05-2012, 11:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the private training would be more beneficial, but since your learning the basics with him I say go for the classes, he will get socialization while he is young (which is not a guarantee he will have tolerance of other dogs as he grows) Are the 8 sessions with you or with a different trainer? If its not with you, I would find classes that you can take your dog too.

I have done both, I liked the classes but I really liked the one on one and continue to use this with my boy still. I had no patience for idiots in the class hogging time on the basic shit they should be doing on their own. Some expected miracles from a once a week class and didn't do their homework, obvious, but they didn't get it...
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its is up to you to teach your dog the basics! You can't just farm out the responsibility on other people. You got the dog, you teach it what it needs to know. Unless he's got a major behavioral issue like some sort of aggression then I see no reason to need classes.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Its is up to you to teach your dog the basics! You can't just farm out the responsibility on other people. You got the dog, you teach it what it needs to know. Unless he's got a major behavioral issue like some sort of aggression then I see no reason to need classes.
Married to the army- still agree w/ BullyGal. Not pointing at you, I've just seen way too many families that treat pets as if they're issued at EACH duty station. Many pets are rehomed & left behind due to the responsibility that no one seemed to acknowledge and completely disregarded due to what felt right at that moment. These animals can live 10+yrs; so I'm not a mathematician but should be PART of the family for at least 3 duty stations.


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Old 12-06-2012, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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I train him for around 30 min a day after work the rest of the time is just play time to burn energy and to continue to build a better relationship. I use hotdogs for training treats along with petting and "good boy" and i dont have any issues with doing the training myself but it just seems to be taking longer than any of my previous dogs and thought professional help might benefit the both of us. And i need to socialize him sooner than later and the only dogs parks in my area are on military bases which frown upon the breed. I will continue to drill home the basics and ill figure out the best way to introduce him back into the house. Might have to just put everything up on a weekend when my wife and son are away and let him just get used to it... Im looking into the whole spring pole/flirt pole thing to try and give him more ways to exert energy. Thanks for all the input.


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Old 12-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I train him for around 30 min a day after work the rest of the time is just play time to burn energy and to continue to build a better relationship. I use hotdogs for training treats along with petting and "good boy" and i dont have any issues with doing the training myself but it just seems to be taking longer than any of my previous dogs and thought professional help might benefit the both of us. And i need to socialize him sooner than later and the only dogs parks in my area are on military bases which frown upon the breed. I will continue to drill home the basics and ill figure out the best way to introduce him back into the house. Might have to just put everything up on a weekend when my wife and son are away and let him just get used to it... Im looking into the whole spring pole/flirt pole thing to try and give him more ways to exert energy. Thanks for all the input.



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Old 12-06-2012, 01:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't have a spring pole yet but our flirt pole wears them out quick. Cain will keep going because he doesn't like to stop but I can tell after 15-20 minutes he slowing down and tired. He then comes in and takes a nap. You have to find what works best for you and your dog. Don't do a bunch of different tricks in the training. Start with one. And when he has it down move on.(not sure if that's what you're doing, just what I do with mine). Good luck and keep us posted!


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Old 12-06-2012, 02:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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I train him for around 30 min a day after work the rest of the time is just play time to burn energy and to continue to build a better relationship. I use hotdogs for training treats along with petting and "good boy" and i dont have any issues with doing the training myself but it just seems to be taking longer than any of my previous dogs and thought professional help might benefit the both of us. And i need to socialize him sooner than later and the only dogs parks in my area are on military bases which frown upon the breed. I will continue to drill home the basics and ill figure out the best way to introduce him back into the house. Might have to just put everything up on a weekend when my wife and son are away and let him just get used to it... Im looking into the whole spring pole/flirt pole thing to try and give him more ways to exert energy. Thanks for all the input.


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Exercise first, then train.
Flirt pole, looooooong walk or short run.
THEN work on basic commands for 10 to 15 minutes, then play fetch or tug for 10 to 15 mins, then one more training session of 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure you end the training on a good note. Start over again the next day.
At 6 months old, you should be exercising your dog both before and after work, and doing about 30 minutes of training once per day, broken into 2 sessions.
After the basics, then check out some classes for a sport to get him in. When he gets older he's going to need A LOT of exercise.
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I agree with above...Exercise, train train train. I like training WITH the owner the best.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I will stick to just training him myself for a while an if this doesnt work in a month or 2 ill get one on one training... But i have a question about walking. Hes not used to walking so he pulls like crazy. Im trying the every time he pulls turn around but we dont end up going anywhere and he never comes to my side when i turn around. He just stands there facing the other direction lol. Any ideas???


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I like the head halter types. some like the prong collar, but you really need someone who uses these to put it on and size it correctly. PetSmart carries both, but I wouldn't trust a trainer there to show you the correct way to use these.
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I use a prong. It must be snug and as high up on the neck as you can get it. I hardly have to really correct mine. After the first few corrective pops she learned real quick to not pull. Remember pops, not yanks or pulls. Quick movement and then release. And in order to take it on and off it has to be taken apart, unless its one of those quick release ones. And they make collar covers for them so you don't get nasty looks from some people.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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I really dont like prong collars much but ive been sticking to the " he pulls i turn" method and he is starting to come around lol. And he is getting better with sitting and not moving until i tell him come... But i cant get him to lay down at all lol....


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