I love my dog more than anything and I've risked much to keep him with me last year and this year,despite the fact my family doesn't want him.. So I'm just asking for a little compashion,not jumping on to me like that. I've teached him things,like "Sit" , "Stay" and others. He excersises a lot too!
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I take the best care for my dog! The thing that I don't have the money to send him to classes doesn't mean I don't get him what he needs.. He has everything from food,to toys,brushes and etc.. I gave a lot from myself to take care of him since he was a puppy,because my entire life I wanted a Golden. I had all kinds of dogs,but never a Golden and he is a very special present and means the world to me,that's way I want to keep him.. My roomates are fine with it and even help me most of time,but recently even I started to give up on him-which makes me really sad...
For an example: He steals some of my socks and when I tell him to give it to or to drop it at least,even when I try giving him food to drop it , he starts barking at me likes he's about to rip my skin off.. Although I don't believe he will bite me,even though I probably should now,it's just too agressive and scary sometimes that even scares me.. I'm really desperate,because I don't want to send him to my village where they will put him in a 2x2 no space caged area where he will be all alone..but I don't know what else to do..
P.S : OutWest , Thank You so much for trying to help that much! And here's a picture at least of him
Krissy, is it possible for your roommates and you to set up an exercise schedule for Sammy so that he gets out to walk and run around more than he is currently? If they're willing to help with his problems, you could enlist them in training to a mat (you all must do it the same way, with the same rewards for being obedient). You may want to get some food toys (you put his meals into a Kong or another food-dispensing dog toy) so that he has something good to distract him when you can't pay attention to him. The other thing is to teach him "sit" and "down", so when he's being a teenage brat, you have him do puppy pushups (he sits, then downs, then sits, then downs and gets rewarded at the end of the sequence). It uses some energy to do that and is somewhat mentally stimulating because he has to pay attention. It sounds like you do love your dog, so investing in some training alone and with your friends should help his behavior. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog, so the more exercise you can give him, the less of a brat he will be.
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1 year old is a stage where they can become adolescent brats! Take a deep breath and relax. You can work through these things with him with time, and pull out your patience for right now. Try to ignore him when he is demand barking, like when you put him out during your meals.
Training him to "go to your mat (bed)" is a great tool. Once he has learned it you can use it during your meals, when the door is being opened, when you are doing something and can't watch him. I would also encourage you to get a crate and crate train him. See if you can find a video called "Crate Games", it will show you how to teach your dog to love the crate.
Toys or bones you can stuff with food, peanut butter, yogurt, and even freeze are great tools for occupying him when you need him to calm down.
Teach him to "trade" with you. When he has a toy, offer him a treat, when he takes the treat you take the toy. Practice that and give it a command, "trade" or "drop it" whatever word you want to use, but practice a lot, the idea is to eventually be able to trade him a treat for the sock or whatever item he shouldn't have and he will be ok with it because he learned he gets a treat for giving up the item.
Look up KikoPup on youtube and search through her training videos for things that will address your specific problems with him. There is a lot of good training available free in her videos.
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I'm new to the board but I just wanted to offer some kind, encouraging and sympathetic words.
Money is certainly tight when you're a student.(and even after you graduate! lol)
I've only had my GR a week, but have done a lot of research before hand and talked to some other owners before as well. And, I've trained other dogs and parrots. GR's just want to please, that is it. Bentley, he's 2.5 years, doesn't require treats for positive reinforcement...his treat is my hand petting and a hug. I can see in your picture of you and the computer he is your buddy and that's the very beginning step in training completed.
He would do well with some basic training as the others have said.
find what's the best reward for him and keep it close. Have smallll training sessions, 1 minute or so at first.
Sit by him, little treat bite, GOOD BOY!...move a little away..little treat bite GOOD BOY!..move farther...little treat bit tossed to him, GOOD BOY! Stop, then move back over and sit by him and do your homework awhile. Later, repeat it. Don't do too much at once, no hurries. Once he KNOWS you are coming back, it'll help him be more confident in your absence. But, don't stay gone too long or it'll bust the training. Go at HIS pace.
But, here's the hard part: if he doesn't do as you want, he gets nothing, no petting, no treat, in fact, look away from him and be silent. DO NOT SCOLD OR YELL AT A DOG. That's just a negative reinforce he doesn't understand and in fact may wanna just get loud with you back, like a really bad undeseriable game. If he doesn't cooperate, then move back a little closer and treat/Good BOY! for staying there. Some might encourage sit/stay. That's up to you. Right now, he just needs to know you love him and his best friend has not abandoned him forever. Comfort in your absence.
Once he gets confident that you're not gonna abandon him, and that could take awhile, get a crate and train him to the crate the same manner. little by little.
It's not complicated and Bentley has been VERY responsive to teaching just in one week using those methods. I've taught him to collar/leash/walk/heel/get in the crate/back/in...They're a very smart breed.
I wanted to offer you hope and praise you for your academic pursuits and love of your dog.
Hope this helps,
And as the others have said, EXERCISE..and toys to occupy his busy body and smart mind.
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Hi, Krissy, I hope you'll come back and let us know how things are going. You sure have a beautiful boy! He has a very sweet face.
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