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April 9, 2010 8:16 AM Subscribe
Some advice or tips needed about dog training/obedience for a new dog (not a puppy).
posted by spicynuts to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
About a month ago I adopted a 3 year old fixed male golden retriever-ish, german sheperd-ish, greyhound-ish dog. He's a fantastic dog and someone did a rather good job of establishing some baseline obedience for him but he has one rather difficult problem and a couple of other things that I think I just need some simple direction on in order to improve them. So here are some questions:
1) He's incredibly dog aggressive. I haven't risked letting him off the leash to see if it's just posing or if it's some kind of prey instinct. Off-leash in isolated environments he will chase a stick but run past it and not bring it back. I was thinking of getting a muzzle and trying to slowly socialize him by muzzling him then bringing him to a dog park. Is this an incredibly bad idea that will improve nothing or is it good, simple first baby step?
2) He will 'come' when called like 75% of the time. What am I supposed to do that other 25% of the time to improve this? Do I just wait for him to come on his own then reward with treat and encouragement or do I need to do some kind of immediate intervention/punishment? What's the best way to improve this?
3) He doesn't fetch. He plays tug of war and if I throw the toy he will chase it and either grab it or just run past it, but he won't bring it back. How do I train a dog to fetch?
4) Any books or websites that are good for basic instruction around this kind of thing?