Over the next few weeks I’m going to write posts about all the training issues I’m having with my weimaraner Remy. He’s almost 11 months so still very much a puppy.
The main reason for these posts is to help others. If I’m having these issues, you can bet thousands of others are having similar problems! Remy is not all that unique (sorry, Bud!).
Second, I want to show you I am not perfect. My dog has his quirks and I’ve made mistakes.
Third, I’d love your advice!
And fourth, writing about our problems forces me to admit I have problems, write them down and come up with a real plan. Ignoring problems usually makes them worse.
So here are our issues. I’ll probably write about these in this rough order, starting with what I believe is the most serious.
Training issues with my weimaraner:
- Coming when called (he doesn’t)
- Possessiveness of certain toys like squeaky toys and soft toys. He’s not aggressive but he holds onto them with a death grip and becomes totally fixated.
- Aggression when other pets walk by his kennel. (Update: This one went away on its own!)
- Possessiveness of his food bowl with people and pets.
- Nipping at me when I try to put him in his kennel. He bites at my wrist. (Update: we stopped this! I’ll write about it soon)
- Humping me! Also humping Ace’s dog bed and blankets. (Update: The humping stopped when he was neutered)
- General protest barking in his crate.
- Jumping and biting at people out of excitement during greetings. (Immature puppy biting, not aggression).
- Pulling on the leash.
Remy is not a bad dog. He’s normal. These are all common issues but obviously not behaviors I want to reinforce. Most of these are mild problems at the moment, but could become more serious.
If you are having similar troubles with your dog, often the best thing you can do is block or prevent the problem. If you simply prevent a dog from doing an unwanted behavior, it is no longer reinforced.
For example, Remy barks aggressively if my cats walk by his kennel so I moved his kennel to a quiet corner and I encourage my cats not to walk in that area.
As another example, Remy becomes very obsessive over soft squeaky toys so we simply don’t give him those types of toys.
I’ll go over all of these issues in more details over the next few weeks.
Now … onto YOU. What are your most serious training problems at the moment? Do any of mine sound familiar? Are there any training problems you’d like to see addressed on the blog?
Thank you for your feedback and talk soon!