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Lisa88
Just Whelped
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:42 pm
Tell us about yourself: I'm a nurse specialist who has recently rescued an 18 month Dutch sheperd. His name is Chip and I'm looking for any advice form experience DS owners! He's had a really hard life since he was found at 2 months old on the streets in Spain, he's been rehomed 4 times before me and every owner has failed to train him in any way and he's unfortunately been mistreated by one family. Looking for ideas on how to help him overcome his reactions to cars, dogs and people as he is highly reactive and gets extremely stressed (not to mention pulling my arm out if the socket in the process)
He's very affectionate and loyal which is clear to see from the day I had him.

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Post by Lisa88 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:40 pm

Hi everyone, I've rescued a beautiful 18 month old DS who has had a really tough time so far and I am his 5th owner and I'm not planning on him having any more homes! He's had no basic obedience training and he's not had any boundaries so he's a bit wild and obviously anxious as he's in a new environment. He's never been exercised which means that the past few days since he's been here, he's been on high alert on our walks and just dragged me up the mountain 🙈 he's very reactive to cars dogs and people and literally tries to throw himself at cars (dragging me into the road and pulling my arm out of the socket) he comes across as aggressive towards people but once they come to his level he is affectionate and quickly accepts them. He is very affectionate with us and seems to be binding well, in the past few days that we've had him, we've already seen some improvements with his obedience, he's definitely listening to cues and learning from positive reinforcement.
He is on extremely high alert and does not like being left alone, he has a bed food and water in the back porch and full access to the garden whilst we're at work, we have a camera so we can see and hear him, it was his first time being left alone today for a few hours and he cried a lot, I'm hoping that may get better once he's settled in with us.
I'm looking for any advice and reassurance from experienced owners in how to best train him, keep him stimulated and just any general advice. I understand I'm a newbie to a DS and there'll be people rolling their eyes at this post, but we all have to start somewhere and I'm definitely willing to out the effort in with him.
I have organised for a dog behaviouralist to come and assess him and help me with him in a few weeks time once he's settled.

ladyjubilee
Training Dog
Posts: 259
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 am
Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

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Post by ladyjubilee » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:57 am

I suggest getting with a good trainer. My girl is a sweetheart....but was VERY dog reactive. I wasn't aware enough to have a DS, but fortunately based on recommendations here, got with a good trainer. It took far more time that what most here (who have skill training and knowledge of working dogs), but we finally crossed the dog reactivity hurdle. Now we are working on access and task training for her as my son's service dog.

The thing I would say, is not to minimize behaviors. He may have had a tough time, and he may be a sweetie, but that initial reaction must be addressed. Bramble is probably a mix, and is very submissive...but she is a powerfully working dog and because I am too permissive, she was taking the inch and going a mile. At one point I couldn't physically pull her back. As our trainer always reminds me, she is a working dog and I have to treat her as such.

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Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

Tim91118
Green Dog
Posts: 233
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:34 am
Tell us about yourself: Enjoying my Dutch Shepherd female named Anja

Re: New member and new DS owner

Post by Tim91118 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:10 pm

Keep him as quiet as you can the first few weeks and work with him when you are alone and under no distractions. He needs to focus on you and you alone.

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borellar15
Training Dog
Posts: 329
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:28 pm
Tell us about yourself: Living in Austin, Texas with our dogs Zoey(DS), Henry (DS) and Tripper(labX). In college, I worked as a Handler and Assistant Manager of a training and daycare facility for 3 years where I've handled many working dogs. For the past 2 years I have been training Zoey and we have made some tremendous progress together.
Location: Austin, Texas
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Re: New member and new DS owner

Post by borellar15 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:29 pm

What Tim said. And if you like that garden I wouldn’t leave him alone in that area while you’re gone. He’s going to uproot everything in it one day. If you’re able to kennel the dog while you’re gone I would do so. Crate training the dog will also help with the separation anxiety from you guys when you leave.
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Alex - Zoey(DS), Henry (DS) (Available Foster), Tripper Lab mix. Austin, Texas

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