i have a question.
When Bernie was a pup, all cute fluffly and cuddly. My daughter 14yrs old, doted on him. Was interested and played along with NILF and TOT when feeding.
Now a year old. He's disobedient to her. Because he can get away with it, she's not consistent, as she's no longer interested in helping with training.
The likelihood, of getting a teenage girl re-interested in anything less than the human male is zilch currently. She has other fish to fry. So im unlikely to get her retrained to be honest. Though i have asked her repeatedly, to not give any commands she cant be arsed to enforce, she still does it. And rather than leave him disobedient, when i see, im making him complete the task she set him, ie " on your bed", "sit" etc.
He allready, does a sloppy retrieve for my husband. The out is about 6 feet away. Whereas mine is at my feet. He doesnt 'out' immediately for my husband, but mine is instant, as is the reward of a re throw once outed.
So, 3 questions.
1. Is there any merit in me making him complete tasks, that my dauther or husband gives, then the dog doesnt carry through? (i do this to complete the chain of command as i worrry he'll forget if he doesnt complete the request and leak this onto MY training.
2. Will his disobedience to her, or anyone else that doesnt complete the command sequence become a problem for my handling of him? So far, he tends to obey me more than any other anyhow, but id not be happy if he started getting picky as to when he responds to me.
A finally, a word of your worldly advice please: I got this breed/ dog to do obedience with at competition level. Also, compared to rotties, a GSD needs more working, so i hoped it would increase my activity and fitness level now middle age is here. Well ive lost a stone in weight since i had him, so 50% success!
Obedience Classes: That has not worked out. He hates obedience training. He's bored stiff, tail down, head down, bored. Once the intitial excitement of Wow, look at all these new dogs to round up, let go! is tempered with "ready to work?" question, then an hour of mindless repitition of dull exercises, he's down in the dumps. A breeder at the club, advised that he has very high drives, give him a year and come back, they take a while to mature, he's too high drive right now for strict training, try when a year old.
So, a year old, ive been trying to be more structured in the training, and stretch his focus time for mindless repititious work he'd have to do at the club. Within 5 mins, he's no longer lit up, he's plodding, offerring sunday sits etc.
Stop that, get the frizbee out, and he lights up immediately and becomes super fast sit dog.
Should i just give up? And bow down to frizbee training.