MemberAugust 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm510
I’m glad to see things are moving along good for you! If you are getting ready to move on to phase 2, remember to stay gentle especially being that your GSD is only 4 months old..they are not fully developed yet and you can harm them if too rough, especially when moving onto phase 2. Also, I know Mike is going to put a updated video soon on leash manners, but especially with a phase 2 collar, you don’t want to drop the loop because the dog can over correct themselves. Basically you will just put light resistance without dropping the loop. The video should be up soon, so you will be able to work off of that.
To answer your questions:
1.) about the jumping, just keep on doing what you are doing with no showing any attention until they are sitting at least all four paws on the floor. If possible, have anyone that comes to meet her do the same thing. With kids, just be careful and watch that she doesn’t hurt them. Over time she will just start to sit automatically. If not then through obedience, you will be able to put them into a sit or send them to a place, etc. Right now you are very early in the process to expect too much. Just manage it as much as you can for now and stay consistent.
2.) I wouldn’t worry about distractions right now, it is way too expect them to listen with distractions. That will come over time. Also about letting them sniff around and stuff, yes this is fine, just when you are ready to go, just say there name and start to put a little resistance and go, don’t even drop the loop, just put resistance.
I hope this helps!
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