I hate not being able to take him out for walks because he’s really big and strong and uncontrollable sometimes. Just wondering if there are any tips on how to calm him down and make him walk slower. Also, how do I make him relax when seeing another dog. I’m not very strong so its hard to hold him back…
the obvious suggestion would be to look for a good trainer that can teach you guys how to walk your powerful breed. but if you can’t or don’t want to spend the money on a trainer, try and understand your dogs needs.
first, how often do you try and walk your dog? GSDs are working dogs usually with plenty of energy, and can require A LOT of mental stimulation and exercise before they can calm down. what i would suggest, instead of trying to make your dog walk with you first, instead listen to what she is telling you and run/rollerblade/bike/hike with her. at first. that gives her access to drain all that pent up energy. then after that she can calm down and will be much easier to walk right beside you. once you do that, after a week or two of doing it EVERY DAY, you will find it a million times easier to walk her calmly without even having to run her first.
you have to be consistent though and understand what such a powerful working breed dog needs. and you must be prepared to do it every single day, not just once in a while.