Join Date: Aug 2017
Dogs Name: Vom Haus NY Dobermans Ace's Wild
Titles: CGC, TKN
Dogs Age: <1
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Oh Gamer, I so wish you could come watch an Obedience class with Ace and I. He does all the things you mentioned, and then some. Leash biting is his favorite though, sigh. But you would feel a thousand times better about you and your boy, and not feel as embarrassed.
Like you, we have achieved the AKC Puppy Star award, and are now in our second class for the CGC being tested in a few weeks. Ace is almost 10months old.
Don't EVER be embarrassed. We all come to class to learn, so its the best place for the dog to act a fool, so you can learn to control it.
Ace can be the most embarrassing, out of control dog in the building. The first night of class? He was practically screaming all night long. I had him in flat collar, and he was just dragging me all over the building. He couldn't settle down, he busted into someone elses class, and over all just made me want to cry. Actually, I think I did cry. However, I was in the perfect place for all of this to be going down. My trainer walked over, taught me what I needed to be doing differently, and introduced us to a prong collar. It worked so well with him, that she decided prong may be a little too much and backed us down to a martingale collar. Magically now, I can walk my dog on a semi-loose lead and control this beast. My trainer always comes to my side when Ace is throwing his fits, and teaches the BOTH of us what to do in these situations.
I don't know how many times I apologize to everyone in my class. I've got the largest dog in the whole building, and its obvious some people roll their eyes about my "aggressive breed" doing "What they do". Its not the case though, and I feel like i've proven that to everyone in the building the last few months. We went from out of control dog, to mostly controlled, well behaved guy.
But as my trainer reminds me every day HE'S JUST A PUPPY! These temper tantrums and him dramatically throwing his whole body on the floor while wailing isn't his training failing. It's my boy being a pain in the butt toddler. I know he's not going to be this way forever, but we have good days and we have not so good days. Each of those days however are learning days.
We get so frustrated because we watch them behave like a saint, achieve obedience steps, and see how far they can go at such a young age, that I think we forget just how young they are. When my boy is behaving, he's the best obedience dog in the class. When he's throwing his temper tantrum, he's the worst dog in the whole building. He's a LOT of dog. He's super smart, and I think that brings the dramatic temper tantrums to a new level too. He's young, so he has no patience for standing around and listening. It may not seem like it, but working through these temper tantrums is just as good of training for the both of us as doing the obedience work.