Hello from Texas! Gus is super cute! My guy Moose aka The Manatee is almost 14 months and weighed 90lbs today. I feel like heís (moose) is the biggest dog Iíve ever seen in my life! If Gus is 80lbs at 8 months I bet he gets close to 100.
Regarding the training, donít give up. Be consistent. If you go the E-Collar route make sure to have a professional dog trainer teach you how to properly use. When used correctly, It works wonders IMO. In the beginning we pushed the button on level 4-6 (there are over 100) every time we said a command , even if we know they will comply. According to my trainer this teaches them to pay attention but the level is so low it isnít like a disciplinary thing itís just a ďwe are working nowĒ kinda deal. We give the command and if they donít comply we turn it up in increments of 5 and try again. They always comply. They get very excited when the collar comes out bc they think they are going to train. The collars I use are the Dogtra 1900s for Moose and Mina works on the E collar technologies mini educator ET-300 with the comfort pad for dobermans and other breeds with short hair . I also have the dogtra Arc but itís kinda just my extra collar for emergencies. If you do get one the most important thing is having a professional show you how to use it bc if misused it could be detrimental.
Also, just FYI if you do use the e collar wear the remote around your neck or clip it to your pants. We had a couple of incidents over the holidays and guess what.... i did NOT have the remote ready when they happened. I have found in my short time with dobermans that if you give them an inch they take a yard! You caught Gus and told him no then he did it again in front of you. If I catch moose on the counter I tell him OFF. If he does it again Iím ready with the remote in my hand. You have to catch them in the act otherwise they wonít understand. How do I stop it in the first place? Well, for starters I was giving him his dog treats for tricks in the kitchen by the food prep area. It didnít even dawn on me that it wasnít a good idea. I just thought well if he is doing a trick for me I can give Him one of his treats. I stopped giving treats while we were cooking and I switched counters and only give it to Him by the coffee maker which is away from the food. Does that make sense? I have a hard time explaining things LOL.
I donít know about your city but in San Antonio there are 2 kinds of trainers.... you have your ďFur kids/dog mom/fur babies/PAWsitive vibes only ďgroup and then the ďno nonsense and there ARE consequences when you do not do whatís asked of youĒ group. We chose the latter. So far, Mina, the youngest one and Moose are really thriving in this kind of training.
Just Sharing what works for us
good luck and have fun with Gus! - AJ
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