|10-03-2013 12:21 PM|
Tons of good advice! He really is already smart,
Looks us in the eye when we say his name, can sit and come, and heals on the leash.
|10-03-2013 11:52 AM|
Puppy classes are about more than just teaching commands. Especially for a 1st time puppy parent they are very important. Training classes are to train the human as well as the puppy. A good class is reward based, which teaches about bonding with & creating a great respectful relationship with your pup. You learn what to expect, and how to deal with any issues or concerns you have. And it's great for socialization. But do some research and find a reputable trainer.
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|10-03-2013 10:58 AM|
Yeah there are quite a few sport people out there that hold off on obedience because they think it isn't good to put too much control on a dog early on when it comes to bite sport related stuff, especially making them out too early on. I think basic motivational only food obedience training for stuff like the sit stand down and stay are fine just make sure you know what is required for the sport so you teach it the right way the first time. But you more or less never want to punish the pup for biting, it's always redirection to acceptable targets by making them more interesting. You might also consider getting him a harness for walks because you don't want him getting used to pulling against you from the neck. It will make leash presure training go eaiser in the future. If he pulls on harness that's fine cause he will be doing a ton of that.
You might want to consider getting the Michael Ellis power of training dogs with food DVD as there are sections in there about proper ways to lure the dogs and teach those positions in a way that is compatible with any dog sport you might end up in. Plus that style of marker training will help you develop a common language with the pup and teach him how to learn from you quickly.
|10-03-2013 10:52 AM|
I'd post in the SchH/IPO section for puppy raising tips. There are some older threads in there as well on the subject that you may want to read through. Main thing is to build his confidence, and allow him to be somewhat crazy and bitey and jumpy. He needs to feel that he is the best dog in the world that can do no wrong! So very little corrections, but a lot of supervision and management to keep him safe.
Always redirect the biting to toys, always let him win in tug.
|10-03-2013 10:48 AM|
We get lots of posts here like yours! Working dog puppies normally are confident, curious, active, and LOVE to interact with their people, using their little sharp teeth that hurt! Normal. They are also babies with lots of insecurities, and a huge lack of self awareness and self-control, so the confidence, energy, insecurity, baby-brain, stuff all makes for a challenge to raise, but they do grow up to be the best dogs ever!
In fact, these kinds of posts are so common, we have lots of stickies to cover many of these questions and concerns. Here is another one to read through on the subject.
|10-03-2013 10:01 AM|
|10-03-2013 07:27 AM|
|kristinloveschief||Thanks everyone! We've never had a puppy before so it's a learning expierence, but my husband and I had a talk last night.. we're going to stop expecting so much from him right now I feel so much better! Anyways, what are these dos and don'ts about raising a Shutzhund dog that everyone keeps talking about?|
|10-03-2013 02:05 AM|
Some people wait until their dogs are 10 months old before starting ANY obedience. I know a guy that does this. His dogs are working line dogs, and he has a few show line dogs. Nice dogs all of them. No freaky high-strung nerve bags.
I am not expecting people to wait until their dog is 10 months old, but an eight week old puppy is a baby. It's like expecting your six month old to play Mozart.
If you are concerned about an eight week old's aggression, why are you even considering schutzhund?
And people wonder why I think Cesar has done more harm to dogs overall than good.
|10-03-2013 01:24 AM|
Get on their level.
The most common misconception people make is having expectations of their youngsters (pups/kids) that aren't practical via treating them like little adults. We have to get on their level...and that takes no expectation; no surprise. 8 weeks is the most primitive stage where the pup is motivated by food and excitement and food. pups like babies can pick up your energy so as expectation inevitably can lead to dissappintment, the pup is susceptible to feeling that and/or ignoring. Believe in your pup without any paranoia of aggression or not coming when called etc. because that mentality is what usually leads pups to unstable social behaviors. Stay calm and assertive.
An effective way I got my little shep pup Harley to stop nipping was to consistently play with him and his toys while using my hands, face, arms, feet etc. whenever he nipped I would make an ouch sound and then turn, walk away and ignore him giving him a moment to think about the action/reaction. Making an ouch sound and continuing to play can often lead to confusion later on, say if he happened to nip at someone and associate ouch with play. I reinhage play being sure to use the same hand or finger he nipped and he avoids now. Also very early on I fiddled with his food using hands while he was eating. I believe a dog goes into a primal state during meal time so it's one way I helped to foster his submission. He would growl at first now he just sits back and waits until I say okay. He is almost 5 months and loves to show off his tricks... Well maybe I love to show him off lol he just loves his treats !
You'll get there!! Good luck!
|10-03-2013 12:16 AM|
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