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|02-20-2014 10:34 PM|
|NancyJ||You can go to tractor supply and buy a buggy whip and tie a toy on the end of it. Super cheap flirt pole. Viola!|
|02-20-2014 09:00 PM|
Originally Posted by Jlmaiorana View Post
|02-20-2014 08:56 PM|
|Jlmaiorana||LOL sounds like a big cat toy. I kinda had an idea what it was. Thank you. I will have to get one.|
|02-20-2014 08:52 PM|
Originally Posted by Jlmaiorana View Post
|02-20-2014 08:45 PM|
|Jlmaiorana||oh no, when she jumps on people and submissive pees, we don't correct. We know that is a sign of her respect towards the person and eventually it will stop. She is definitely not fearful at class. Her confidence level is through the roof. I think that's why she is so difficult. She wants to be in control and dominate the other pups and doesn't like to be told what to do. She does need more exercise though. Its hard to run her when I can't trust her off leash. We are preparing to fence our back yard in for her, but cannot do this until the spring. I know we should have had that done before we got her. My husband has played ball with her literally for 6hrs straight before and she is still bursting with energy. This mornings puppy school went well. There was only one other dog, but I dropped the leash pretty much the whole hour of training and she focused more than usual. It just gets frustrating at times. I keep hearing people say "get a flirt pool". What exactly is that? Anyone know any good indoor games to play (other than "find the ball or toy" and training) to stimulate her mind? She gets bord real fast.|
|02-20-2014 06:02 PM|
|e.rigby||A high energy dog needs exercise. If work schedules are not compatible with owning such a dog, then perhaps it's best to choose a different breed. I do agree that all dogs need to learn to settle, but I think it is unfair to expect a puppy that needs an outlet for its energy to just be 'ok' with limited exercise when they clearly need more than just a walk. 4 hours is a bit excessive, which, just make the time you have count. Allow the dog the ability to run. Fetch is a good game, so is using a flirt pole.|
|02-20-2014 01:53 PM|
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
I guess my point is do as much as you can with your dog, but also teach him to learn to settle and relax for those unexpected times you cant get him out those many hours. He has to learn to work around your schedule and not visa versa.
Find a class that will allow your dog. When we were doing puppy training there was a dog that was leash reactive and he was a little farther away. it took a few classes, maybe 15 ..lol, but soon he was moved up close to us and only had the occasional reaction. I know myself and the others in the class didnt mind the reactive dog, it was good for us to work with the distraction.
|02-20-2014 01:04 PM|
Originally Posted by Sookie View Post
|02-20-2014 12:58 PM|
Again, agree with everyone about finding a new trainer. That trainer you are going to now should have a better idea of how to train her and YOU.. than just tell you the breeder shouldn't have sold her to you.
You say she is high energy, working line. I would assume her drive is super high too, how is she with a ball? Or does she have a toy she is NUTS for? I ultimately had to use a ball as Titan's reward for certain things because his drive for toys is much higher than food, hands down.
Everyone has given great advice.. so I won't repeat much. I hope you find something and someone that works for you guys. She's just a high energy puppy, not sure what to do in high distracted situations. Goooood luck!
Keep us posted.
|02-20-2014 12:47 PM|
Originally Posted by e.rigby View Post
My puppy's energy level wouldn't even be remotely dented by 2 miles on leash. No amount of anything on leash would tire her out. Four hours off-leash a day, MINIMUM, is what mine needs. This is before any obedience. Obedience is part of off-leash, obviously, but we do separate obedience sessions throughout the day as well. You might be surprised at how well your dog responds to the clicker. I really don't think a puppy of 5 months needs physical corrections, I think they need exercise and play and positive training.
It's great that you have been so flexible with your work schedule - my partner and I had to do this too and I'm amazed when people just crate all day instead of putting in the effort. Sounds like you guys are really willing to make this work, and I commend you for that! Also - there is a light at the end of the tunnel - once my dog hit about a year she became a tiny bit less of a jerk
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