Dog Training Videos and/or Advice Please

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  1. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    I posted back in December about having to put down our 13 year old yellow lab. At that time we thought we were done with dogs, and even enjoyed not having one. But a few months ago we decided that we missed having a dog. So we started going to a local no kill shelter every week looking for a good dog.

    A few weeks ago we spent a few hours with an 11month old un neutered male german shepard mix, and decided to foster him for a few weeks. After 2weeks we decided to adapt him.
    He is very affectionate and shows signs of intellagence. I've never had to train a puppy before, as we have been lucky to get dogs that had some training. He is crate trained and in the almost 3 weeks he's been here hasn't had a mess in the house.

    If you have had puppies, do you have any favorite youtube training videos to recommend?
    ( Edit) Also any advice is welcome.
     
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    On YouTube I like Kikopup and Zak George.
     
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    We just started taking our pup to Petsmart for training classes. My son watched every video he could on training he thought it would be a breeze the classes are working much better. I also take “Akiko” everywhere I can Stores, dog park and Restaurants (lot are Dog friendly) My goal is to keep her social with people and other dogs She’s a Shiba Inu there not known for being overly social or friendly to strangers so far she likes everyone and other dogs. Akiko 5months 18lbs will hit 22lbs. Need a pic of the new family member IMG_5209.jpg
     
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    Clicker training is good, using liver as treats or hot dogs sliced thin. took a course way back i am sure there are books and info if you google, its reward based, so easy on the dog.
     
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    Get him neutered. As noted above, get him out and socialized with other dogs and people. String cheese always worked as a delicious, not too messy treat/reward for my dogs.
     
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    That's a good looking pup.
    I'm using a tablet and not sure how to post pics.
    We have been working on socializing him. He has a dominate personality, so it's going to take soe time with that.
     
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    I watched a video with click training this morning. I had not heard of that before.
    From the little info we could get from the shelter he has been passed around his short life. It's a shame nobody wanted to keep him. He is a good dog, I think he could be a great dog. I just have to learn how to get him there.
     
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    neutering and a chip are included with adaption fee. Waiting for shelter to make contact with vet today. Have to wait another week or two because he had some recent vacinations.
     
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    Contact your local guide dog puppy walking supervisor. (Details avail through the national organisation.) Very often they have puppy training classes open to non guide dog puppies or if not, they have plenty of local knowledge of dog training resources.


    Edits: the classes I'm talking about are run primarily for the guide dog puppy walkers under the supervisor's care.
    Guide dog puppy training (up to about 14 months) is non-specialised general socialisation and basic obedience training.
    And I've only knowledge of UK practice.
     
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    If he is half GSD he will likely train himself! As long as you spend enough time with him he will adapt to you. The two I have had both did, super smart dogs. Having said that I would say keep the commands short and simple and reward him with treats. He will likely just want to please you, but the truth is all dogs are pretty greedy so find out what he likes and tip him for his tricks. Also be super consistent, decide what his boundaries are early on and stick to them. For example, I never allowed my dogs upstairs so they would wait for me in the hall. If I let them up, even once, I bet it would have taken a few weeks to make them stop.
     
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    remember to be consistent. Dogs are creature of habits. If there is something you do \not want him to do, never allow it. Praise him when he does what you want
     
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    He does seem intelligent, and quick to learn. I've working on boundaries with him. We also don't want him upstairs.
    My wife and I have to work on using the same voice commands.
    So far he sleeps in his crate downstairs.

    Part of the issue with this guy is that he has been given some training by whoever had him, but how do I know what commands he has learned. He does "sit", doing pretty well with "quiet", and today I learned he will come to me if I whistle.

    Having a puppy is a bit of work, but I think he is going to work out well.
     
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    Short, consistent commands. Praise for good behaviour and rewards. Don't reward bad behaviour at all. I'd really recommend classes. Socialisation is good. And you're the one getting trained as much as the dog, you'll get good one on one advice. There's a great deal of joy as you and the pup progress.

    Good luck to you both.
     
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    A veteran police K9 trainer told me that "training the dogs is easy. Training the humans—that's the hard part." :lol:

    Sounds like a sweet doggie!
     
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    A shock collar was a game changer for my dogs. No need to shock them, I just use the beeper.
     
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    Don't let your dog learn bad habits and he won't have bad habits. Don't put him a position to fail.

    For instance, get a kitchen trash can he can't get in. If he can't get in the trash when he is a puppy, he won't get in the trash when he's grown. If you see him chewing or about to chew a shoe or anything else he isn't supposed to chew, correct and redirect by giving him a big no and giving him a bully or bone. When he starts chewing the bully, "good boy, good boy."

    Condition him to be handled. If you will spend about 30 minutes with him on the floor every night, it works wonders. Make him lay down. When he is laying down, gently handle his tail, ears, etc. Handle his feet. Spread his toes. Open his mouth with your hands and look at his teeth. I used the words "show me" every time I opened his mouth. There will be a slight struggle at first. Don't make it into an Alpha roll or major struggle. Just do it gently and firmly. It won't take long and he will let you do it with no resistance. When I did this with our guy, he would struggle a little then lay still while I handled him then he would go to sleep and I would continue to handle his ears and stuff and rub him like a massage. Do this for a month or so then you can taper down to a couple of times a week. Again, this is not to be an alpha struggle.

    This made our dog kid proof. Even as a puppy, kids could grab his tail or ears and he would just lick them. He is 10 now and might be a little grumpier about his tail getting pulled, but he is still very tolerant of kids, even toddlers. Also, the vet is amazed at how he will stand or lay for them to look at. I can pick him up and turn him upside down and carry him around. He is a 40 lb wire hair terrier, so this is no small accomplishment.

    If you have doggie day cares or specialty dog stores around, they often have "puppy kindergarten" classes. They are worth it for the socializing aspect alone. Enroll in obedience classes once he is old enough. We took our guy through advanced obedience. It was a blast and he loved it.
     
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    Do you have a BC? I deal with this kind of energy all day, every day. I have to be careful with them around kids.


     
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    No. He is an Irish Terrier. They have a really strong prey drive. They aren't herders like a BC. Don't the BC's kind of have to have a job to do or they get nervous energy?

    We did some agility with our Irish Terrier. The BC's or Australian Shepherds were the top dogs. They were cool to watch.

    Here's a clip of some Irish Terriers at a dog show.

    https://www.westminsterkennelclub.o...reed-videos-2019/irish-terriers-breed-judging
     
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