Ugh... training roadblocks
Hi everyone, this is partly "any suggestions welcome" and partly just a rant do to training frustrations! I posted about three weeks ago about my rescue dobe Ramses and everyone was very helpful and supportive. I followed the suggestions to check out leerburg.com, and go some great information about groundwork and dominant dogs, marker training, just a lot of good stuff, and I've been trying to put it into practice. I'm definitely thought I was seeing a change in Ramses, but I'm starting to second guess myself and at the same time running into problems that I didn't have before!
I guess my biggest frustration is just his stubbornness and for lack of a better way to say this - no connection/bonding. My logical/rational side tells me that I'm being ridiculous but my emotional side is just really frustrated!! Basically it is REALLY HARD to get him to focus on me! Treats, no treats, play, toys, in the middle of no-where, etc.! We've been walking at night to have less distractions, and if we have dogs or people walk by I load him up on treats, which gets him to focus on me just long enough to walk by distractions, but honestly, he really doesn't care about them either, he's just happy to be on a walk, sniffing and prancing away! he never barks and any one or get aggressive, nothing. And when we try to train, some times he pays attention, some times he could care less. I'm not trying to do anything big here - just a sit would be nice, and not even a reliable sit! I'd seriously be happy if I could get him to do it 50% of the time!! he knows it - before he gets out of his crate he sits like a little angle because he knows he won't come out if not, the same for his food. But tonight I had to stand at the door for 10 minutes before I could get him to sit to come in the house - he waits to be called in, just refuses to sit!! And I cheated by basically forcing him into a sit where he barely but his but down just so I could tell myself that I got him to do what I wanted before going into the house!!!
I know it's only been a short while and I have no idea what his past experience is with people. I also know that a lot of dobes and dogs in general take a long time to trust. But some days it honestly feels like he could really careless about people or anything we have to offer him. I really wonder what his past relationships were like because he seems really socialized, kids, people, bikes, other dogs, cats, horses, sheep, you name it, he is no phased! It is just frustrating!
The other thing he is doing that is driving me crazy is marking in his crate!! He has a wire crate so basically the pee goes everywhere. This is not because he has to go to the bathroom. It is always triggered by something he doesn't like. Another dog lose in the house, to much commotion, etc. I don't let him mark (or try not too) while we walk so he's learning that I say where and when, and yell "NO" and let him know I am not happy about him marking but he's still doing it! And I'm just not sure what to do about it - I can't put him outside, or get rid of what he doesn't like just because he doesn't like it. UGH! Today I went to price normal plastic crates, because I know if had to sit in the pee he wouldn't do it. But they have to be special ordered and would take a least a week to come, besides the fact that they are ridiculously expensive! I don't remember them being so expensive - like $250 for the "cheap" ones. But any suggestions in the meantime would be great!
Thanks for listening to my rant! I know it's just time and patience but it is still just frustrating! And sharing my experiences - both good and bad, helps!