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06-07-2014 10:12 AM
Moriah I throw a treat a few feet away on a hard surface and after puppy eats it, I call his name. After he comes to me, I give him another treat. Then I throw another treat a few feet away to play the game again.

After puppy is good at this over time, I throw a treat and after puppy eats it and I call his name, when he comes back, I have him now sit. I played this for weeks, so puppy really knows the routine.

Then I moved to grass. I throw the treat in the grass (I make sure he sees the treat while I throw it a few feet.) Each time puppy masters a certain distance, I throw farther. Nose work tires puppy out and he loves this game.


Just to be clear, puppy always gets a treat when he comes back to me.
06-07-2014 10:05 AM
Moriah Welcome to the forum! I have received a lot of help here. Be sure go to the heading at the top of the page entitled "forum" because there is great info on puppies and other subjects. I will tell you about one game my puppy loves. It's called "Head Whip" in the Control Unleashed training program.

I throw a treat a few feet away on a hard surface and after puppy eats it, I call his name. After he comes to me, I give him another treat. Then I throw another treat a few feet away to play the game again.

After puppy is good at this over time, I throw a treat and after puppy eats it and I call his name, when he comes back, I have him now sit. I played this for weeks, so puppy really knows the routine.

Then I moved to grass. I throw the treat in the grass (I make sure he sees the treat while I throw it a few feet.) Each time puppy masters a certain distance, I throw farther. Nose work tires puppy out and he loves this game.

Another thing I do is put 6 or 7 treats in an area of grass and he has to use his nose to find them. It so much fun for me to watch him work his nose and it is mentally stimulating for him.

Take care and enjoy Kilo!!
06-06-2014 11:08 PM
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No, my husband and I are both trying the "I'm ignoring you" approach and then praising him for good behavior when he settles down. Unfortunately he just ends up nipping harder, biting pants or appendages. When he gets to be too much I calmly grab a little treat and tell him it's "time for bed and crate him.
Did I read that right?

How much sense would it make to allow my toddler to pester me to the point where I gave him a bowl of ice cream?
05-06-2014 05:58 PM
Sunflowers Your puppies are inviting you to *play*.

There is a ton of info on the puppy behavior forum about this.
05-06-2014 05:53 PM
eddie1976E My puppy snaps at the air frequently and sometimes when I'm on the floor getting a toy out from under the couch, he will rush me either lick my head or nip at my head. I think he will grow out of it...Obviously I say "no" and make him sit or push him back till he gives up. Mine is the same age as yours....he is mouthy, but doesn't clamp down or hurt us (again, I'm trying to break him of this...but some of this is just puppies being puppies). Do you think he is just chewing or being aggressive with you?
05-06-2014 05:52 PM
Sunflowers What research did you do before getting this dog? Sounds to me like a normal high drive pup. Telling him "no" is useless. Puppies don't speak English. You need to channel his drives and energy and provide him with positive experiences. He is just a baby.

Leash him or thether him to you, house freedom is not that great when you are trying to teach him what you want him not to do.
Also a mile and a half walk is way too much for a puppy.
Are you using a crate? He needs scheduled nap times, as they get crazy when overtired, just like humans little ones.

The best thing to do would be to look for a Shcutzhund club in your area.
You need to learn about what you have and how to handle a working line puppy.
05-06-2014 05:29 PM
jpolch Kilo is from working lines. Scenting games sound very promising. One of the ways I can distract him for at least a bit is to stick some treats in his kong toy and let him play with it until he gets them all out.

No, my husband and I are both trying the "I'm ignoring you" approach and then praising him for good behavior when he settles down. Unfortunately he just ends up nipping harder, biting pants or appendages. When he gets to be too much I calmly grab a little treat and tell him it's "time for bed and crate him. For example a little while ago he honed in on my ponytail and kept pulling and yanking at it, . As soon as I got it free he was lunging at it again, this was because he kept trying to get up on the couch to jump after the cat and I kept telling him no.

My husband and I are trying hard to ignore the nipping but we're worried about family coming over and him hurting someone else who isn't used to it.
05-06-2014 05:06 PM
ApselBear Dog Training: Nothing in Life is Free : The Humane Society of the United States
Nilif is a good option to put some real strength in his commands at this age.

You say he's a working dog? I wonder if you mean he's working lines or you actually intend on working him in some respect. Either way, now is a good time to start working his mind. There are several posts on here you can find with different activities that exercise the mind just as much or more than the body(try searching indoors games/training).

Apsel was strong willed at this age(12-16), and I noted he was very adept with his nose, so I because scenting games with his kibble/treats. Small games first, and eventually he was working for a good 15-30 minutes finding his meals bite by bite. It helped a lot to burn his energy and reinforce that nilif approach.

As far as the nipping, there are many things that could be occurring in terms of why the pup is not catching on quickly. One, pups are very fond of putting their mouths on everything, so nipping will be difficult to break, but definitely needed. A few questions may help for further advice though. Are you the only one who issues corrections for nipping? How long and strict are the ignore sessions afterwards? Have you tried completely leaving him in another when he's too excited and nippy?

Apsel was a nippy little **** at one point. I started working the same way you mentioned, but didn't progress. One day he accidentally grabbed my nose and sliced it wide open. I just knew the next mistake would be someone's eye. So from that day on, I had 0% tolerance. First instance of him trying to nip/lunge/etc. play was over, and he was in time out.
05-06-2014 04:47 PM
jpolch When he eventually gets old enough my husband would like to do schutzhund training with him. I guess I just need him to know that we're not chew toys!

I'm glad to hear that crating isn't such a bad thing when he's wound up. I don't punish him but I calmly say "ok time for bed!" and I crate him.

We have training time usually once a day where we work on sit, down and stay.
05-06-2014 04:43 PM
Ellimaybel I used to stick some of Gunther's toys in the freezer, frozen peanut butter in a kong is great. Keeping him tethered to you to correct unauthorized chewing, and mental stimulation as well as physical which you do a lot of. When Gunther was 6 weeks old I bought some plastic cups and put 3 down with a treat under one of them. They also sell puzzles that you hide treats in, as well as working on tracking. I would designate his favorite toy as his reward during games such as hide and seek, finding the treats, and other games. I have heard of some people carrying bitter apple spray and spraying it into the pups mouth when he snaps at you but I don't know if that works or frustrates them further. Snapping isn't something I've had to deal with.
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