I'm new to the forum. I just got a 9 month old GSP named Mia on Saturday (2/27) and I've never owned a dog before.
I'm into shooting/hunting and am hoping I can train her to be my hunting companion. Right now though, I have to confess that I am nearing my wits end. She doesn't seem to respond to no and I haven't taught her the standard commands (sit, stay, come, heel) yet because I heard that you have to bond with the dog first before trying to teach her anything.
I'm working on housebreaking her now which is going okay. She's still having a few accidents. She does a few things which I'm not quite sure how to put an end to and I'm not sure if I have to take a different approach since she's 9 months (rather than 8 weeks).
We're crate training her and she's fine in it during the evening but during the day if we leave it open, she likes to bite her bed, pull it out, and hump it sometimes (she was just spayed on Tuesday). She has also tried to hump me and my wife. I've tried dominance techniques like holding her down until she stops squirming and that seems to calm her down a bit but I'm not totally comfortable with this.
The other thing she does is try to bite her leash. She just won't let it go whenever she's not busy doing her business outside. She also loves to bite all shoes even though she has plenty of toys.
I'm getting nervous because I'm not sure what to do and when to start. How do you know if you've bonded with your dog? Are the training tactics different for a 9 month old? Can anyone offer any words of wisdom for the sake of my sanity?
Thank you in advance