|08-22-2013 10:23 AM|
Thank you! She is crate trained. She's never been in love with her crate the way some dogs are, but she doesn't usually mind it. And we never use it as punishment, although she might feel that way sometimes.
We walk her and "flirt her" and teach her as much as she'll let us. Right now "where's your duck?" is taking a lot of her mental energy and I just started working on "leave it". She's already good - by which I mean, she understands, not that she always does it - with sit, down, stand, come, stop, and settle. Oh, and open, although that one is the most unreliable because it means she has to give up something she wants.
And believe me, I have a ton of questions, but I don't want to flood the board just yet. More reading first.
|08-22-2013 09:15 AM|
|Okin||Here is one hint I have found. This might not work until a they are a little older and can concentrate a bit more. An hour of training and mental stimulation will wear them out more than an hour of running up hills in the woods.|
|08-22-2013 09:12 AM|
|KotaRT||Don't be afraid to ask questions! I would rather ask and learn than to carry on and something happen! I suggest starting crate training if you haven't already! Don't use it as a punishment though, just make the crate a pleasent experience! I always give my little guy treats and praise when he goes into his, and it keeps me from having to clean up accidents in the carpet!|
|08-21-2013 11:53 PM|
|WendyM||Thank you both. I have to say, one of the greatest helps of this forum is to see that other people have challenges ... and the reassurance that it gets better. Don't get me wrong, we love her to death right now. But I have a feeling we'll love her even more later.|
|08-21-2013 10:19 PM|
|Mary Beth||Welcome! My Sting was my first puppy too, so I know what you're going thru It will get better.|
|08-21-2013 08:59 PM|
|Loneforce||Welcome Aboard!! I agree with you, this place has great info on just about everything.|
|08-21-2013 08:56 PM|
I have a 14 week old GSD and she's our first puppy. I have to admit we weren't quite prepared for the whirring ball of energy and teeth that is our pup , but we can already see the potential for the great dog we're going to have as she matures. Just wanted to say that I have pored over these threads many times, looking for answers to "is this normal?" and "how do I teach her to do that?" This is a far greater wealth of information than I could have hoped for so thanks for all of the help!