Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
Training gurus (any type) rip me up, puppy correction question
Ok, the pup in question was born in the end of January, so 7 months old or so.
Every time she puts her nose to the counter, or on something I don't want her to take, I make a quick Eh! sound, just a really quick beep as short as you can make it, and the pup turns her head toward me, sees me looking at her and runs to me, where she gets pets and praise, one for stopping the behavior, and two for coming to me.
She then moves onto something on the floor like one of her toys.
My question is, am I discouraging the negative behavior, or am I just distracting her. She does go back to the counter or table after a while, and the scene is repeated.
It is very effective to stop her while I am looking. But when Jenna is on top of me licking my face, she has gotten my car keys, a package with a bun in it, and my kitchen towel. I was able to quickly retrieve these (though I gave the two of them the bun -- they can work together, and I wasn't going to eat it). I do not think the bun was much of a reward for counter-surfing, not to the puppy. I took it, and removed the plastic, and then gave it to the two of them.
I guess my question is that my main form of correction illicits a response that is good in that it immediately stops the behavior, but it also brings the pup right to me, where I can do nothing but give her praise for coming. With other dogs, it was EH! That's MINE, or NO! Stay OFF the table, counter, garbage, whatever. This pup is so lightning fast that I do not have the time time mark what it was I did not want. In fact, I am not sure if she really understands that I don't want something, so much as I want her to come to me and get pets.
Is this a problem?
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