Neither us is perfect, but I’ve got the GSD I once dreamed of by using your free content to train her.

Jeff
I want to thank you for helping me train my dog and myself. One of the hardest things for me to do was slam the crate door in her face. She would lunge out of the crate with force from the back of my truck when we’d arrive at the field where we play chuck-it, and then precede to misbehave jumping or body slamming me. It actually took a fairly hard slam with force to stop her from lunging out of the crate but that’s when she really started coming around. It’s also when I realized the level of strength I needed to have for her to take me seriously. As you say, I was underwhelming her. Most of the time now, she responds to my slightest queue, like when walking with the prong I barely tap it and she responds, but when she was escalated arriving at the chuck-it ball field, she had to know there is no option I won’t be bullied. I’ve tried taking her there and not playing chuck-it to desensitize her of the arrival, but that didn’t work, like you say, she needed a correction for the bad behavior. The force of my correction was slightly higher than the force of her lunging out of the crate. I’ve repeated it a couple of times and now she knows. Also, because of her ball excitement and body slamming me, I won’t throw the ball unless the is in a down so she’s quick to hit the grass now.

I’ve made changes such as no more toys or playing in the house, no “hunting out the windows”, no sleeping in my room, she knows a solid out for both food and toys, place, crate, prong, electronic collar, and food luring with praise with lots of repetition and structure. It has taken me months to get it together but the payoff has been huge. When I developed more discipline so did she.

Neither us is perfect, but I’ve got the GSD I once dreamed of by using your free content to train her.

My passion is steelhead fishing on our wild Pacific Northwest rivers. I take her with me off leash in the forest and can tell her place next to my backpack, and I am able to wade the river fishing while she watches my back. If you knew how crazy she is about water, especially if I’m throwing something (casting) or fighting a splashing big fish, you’d see how much discipline she is showing. She’s calmer and usually indifferent towards people and dogs we meet during our outings. Being a woman by myself in the woods, I do carry a pistol, but I fish with my GSD watching, I have no worries of a bear sneaking up on me. We do have bears, cougar, elk, deer, beaver, otters, and porcupine and I see them all every year, so it’s critical that I have complete control of her drive so she has to wear her stim collar when were out there. I’ve gave her a fairly high stim for chasing elk a couple months ago, and since then we’ve passed deer, beaver, otters, and horses and she looks at me for direction instead of bolting. We also have people that are homeless “living off the grid” along the rivers, many who are drug addicts and creepy in a “Deliverance movie” kind of way and some will steal your gear so I was never able to leave my backpack and spare rod on the shore. In the pic I’ve included, you can see how far Sam holds her place command and how tempting the water is. She does to swim and fetch as a reward when I’m done fishing a hole before we move to the next one.

Without your assistance training my dog, I wouldn’t be out doing what is my passion as often and I sincerely thank you for that. What a joy it is spending time in the outdoors with a dog that will down stay.

Cherie

Sam stays put while out fishing