Hello everyone. I have been an avid reader of this site for awhile but this is my first official post. My husband and I own 4 rambunctious dogs. A beagle, a basset hound, a coonhound, and our newest addition a German Shorthair. Leo is a 14 month old male GSP that we adopted 3 months ago. He had minimal training when we got him, but my husband diligently worked with him and he is turning out to be a phenomenal hunter.
Recently my husband was called away to serve his country overseas and I am a little aprehensive about the "switch" in ownership. I do not hunt, but I want to be able to maintain the skills that Leo already has as well as further his obedience. Right now being a one parent household with four dogs and other farm animals I am concerned he isn't geting the attention or stimulation he needs.
We go out for evening walks, and he is allowed to run in a nearby field or dog park during the weekend (supervised). We are CONSTANTLY working on basic commands; Whoa, Come, Fetch, Give, Sit. But he still has issues with Heeling on lead and returning when called.
He has also started to become destructive in his pen. He has an indoor/outdoor kennel thats 40x40 that he is in during the day while I am gone. I was wanting to install some fun activities that would keep him stimulated while I was gone during the day. Maybe something working with scent tracking, or running.
Can anyone give me any suggestions or guidance? I am terrified that I am going to ruin my husbands dog and I really want to make the transition from my husband to me as easy as possible for Leo.