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    my 5 month old German Shepard will not go pee or poop in the snow. She's been doing really good not doing it in the house until she saw the first snow. I need advice fast!!


    My 10 month old GS wont stay becide me on walks and me calling him is like talking to a brick house. finance is ready to get ride of him but myself and my two yearold son is already attached to him indeffinatly, any advice will be helpful, I have tried positive enforcement and (almost) cruel punishment and neither seam to work. I try to keep In mind he is still a kid but I trained my parents Rot/Aust. shepherd mix with no problem.. please advise.


      Jonathan, forget that "positive reenforcement" and "punishment" crap and do what I did with my 10 month GS (and before, and still):
      1. Establish yourself as accepted(!) Pack leader, via our Feeding Routine as a minimum
      2. Start the walk before the walk
      3. Relax!

      You may also want to try if at age 10 month (and with all the prior wrongs!) your dog still gets used to this: I trained him by simply "running" away (quick steps). This way he always comes fastest! I even call him away successfully this way from FOOD on the ground. :mrgreen:


    Hi! I have an 8 week pup. I read the puppy 101 book and really enjoyed it. We began implementing the becoming pack leaders steps today. I do however have a concern. We do not have a room in our house which can serve as an isolation room. There is no laundry room, foyer, closet, garage, or tiled bathroom on the main floor. We are not allowing our pup upstairs where our bedrooms are and that is where the only tile bathroom is located. What should we use as an isolation room or is there something we can do instead?


      Annie, the point of isolation for unacceptable behavior is basically
      - make the puppy feel separated from you
      - while safe

      Sometimes it's sufficient if the puppy can see you while clearly noticing being away from you: even a glass pane terrace door may do. Certainly an opaque one. Do you have a terrace/deck/porch/gallery/balcony/loggia, or at least an outdoor tree/lamp post, or separable space in the kitchen/diner/lounge?

      For my new puppy I first used a converted pantry/broom closet, then sometimes the terrace/gallery that is built around the apartment (not ground floor but safely enclosed).

      If you can think of absolutely no way to isolate the pup in the sense above, at 8 weeks your pup is still small enough to lift him in an unused moving box (obviously keep it open). When very small, my new puppy was sleeping in that, I had cut off the flaps on top and reduced its height.



        Yes we do have a deck with a screen door. I didn't even think of that! So far I have felt no need to isolate her as the colllar freezing and a firm no have seemed to be doing the trick. If we do need to implement isolation, I will use the deck. It is a large deck but I will put her on her short leash so that she cannnot walk all around and get distracted. Thank you so much for your quick response and advice. As a novice German shepherd owner, this website and the puppy 101 book have given me the confidence to know I can train my pup to be an awesome dog and family pet.

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