My puppy, Loki, is just over four months old. I feel he is doing good in a lot of ways but I am worried about missing certain deadlines of when he should have mastered what.
I am training him myself and wonder if I am doing well enough that I don't have to invest in classes.
Does all the basic commands. (Sit, stay (to the moon and back
), lay down, shake, speak.)
He will wait to eat his food until I say eat.
(The bowl is always at his feet.)
He is OKAY on the leash.
He is great off leash on trails. He sticks within 10 ft at all times.
He is well socialized. He loves all people and other dogs. He will not jump on adults.
If we take him to a fair, he is well behaved and usually just sits at our feet.
He is a bit sassy these days. If I say no, it just seems like he throws a mini tantrum. Like yapping back at me and getting snippy. Its kinda cute, but I definitely don't encourage it.
On the leash he pulls like 30% of the time.
He has started being weird about cars. Like doing a semi jump after them when they go by. I have been tugging the leash sideways like Cesar Milan does, and it makes him do it a little less.
He chases kids. My friends kid, he runs and screams from him playing (bad on his part), but loki will try to herd him and catch him and so he nips at his shirt and pants....but he accidentally nipped his back the other day. I know it was not his intention, but it left a little pinch bruise on the boy. I dont know how to fix this, as the boy wont help himself, and loki doesn't do it to me.
Loki also has become rather protective. We have an adult shepherd that stays with us every now and then, and he will bark at the window to people in the street, and bark if there is someone at the door, and I think loki learned it from him. We want loki to be a guard dog...but we don't know if we should discourage his barking or not. Ive heard in puppies it is them being scared and you should calm them.
His hackles go up, and it isnt always just barking at the door or window. It is if there is a strange noise downstairs at night too. Which...I must say I am glad that if there were an intruder, they would probably leave because of that. Loki sounds pretty mean for his age.