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05-28-2014 03:25 PM
andrea04 Lucie took about a week of being with us before she became comfortable. She now spends all her time following me around the house from room to room. She's become my shadow and I wouldn't have it any other way. I feel we have a great bond but we're still working on training especially recall. I would some day like to be able to take her for off leash walks other than our fenced in backyard as she becomes easily distracted at parks and places.Attachment 212642


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05-27-2014 01:44 PM
Jwrobinett He turned twelve weeks old on Sunday and at this point he couldn't be more attached to me! I think I was just expecting way too much too soon! He is a really good and pretty boy and I can't wait for him to start growing!
05-16-2014 06:52 AM
Baleato I agree with the others about controlling the environment, not scolding and praising the good things your puppy does. 'The Power of Positive Dog Training' by Pat Miller is a reall great book as an introduction to positive training methods.
The Power of Positive Dog Training : Paperback : Pat Miller : 9780470241844
05-15-2014 10:51 PM
zyppi Be the most fun thing your puppy knows.

Love him, feed him, play with him.

Enjoy the baby -- then work on other things.

Set him up for success.

And, pictures for us!
05-15-2014 10:48 PM
nezzz If you've only had your puppy for a week chances are it is still attached to his pack and litter mates and still getting used to the new surroundings. Give it another week or so and you'll find the pup would be almost inseperable from you.

Also, don't "scold" pups that are below 6-8 months if they are not supposed to be doing something. Instead praise them for doing good things and praise them for avoiding the undesirable things. Such young pups do not yet have any concept of discipline.
05-15-2014 01:12 PM
blackshep
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My guy is only 10 weeks old and I think part of the problem is that I haven't found the toys that he really likes yet! We haven't gone to petsmart or any pet store like that because he isn't fully vaccinated and I just wanted to wait on that!
Just pick up a few different things.

My dog is ball obsessed, but she doesn't pay much attention to toys at the store, because there are so many other distractions around like treats, other dogs etc. So taking your dog in, isn't necessarily a good indicator, because he might be more interested in other stuff anyway.

You don't have to take your pup in, just go by and pick up some things you think he'll like
05-15-2014 01:09 PM
blackshep
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How old is your puppy?

I may seem like an oddball, but I don't scold my puppies. I do my very best to manage and control their environment, so I don't have to scold them. I always try to set my puppy up to succeed. Chewing, biting, etc, are all managed with redirection. Make things FUN. Training can and should be fun.
Yep, this!
05-15-2014 12:50 PM
SuperG The one "behavior" I put the biggest premium on is the recall....I personally believe if your pup/dog comes running to you whenever you call them...not only do you have a "bond" being created and enhanced...it makes so many other tasks so much easier. So, at the risk of creating "distance" I would deal with a pup a bit differently than a juvenile or an adult dog...I would go out of my way to assure a pup the safest and best place to be is together as a team.

I also like Sourdough's advice regarding off leash walks in a controlled environment.....exploring the outdoors with your pup following you/or staying close is quality bonding time spent together...with you as the pup's confident leader exposing him to the rest of the world.


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05-15-2014 12:37 PM
sourdough44 TIME ='s Bonding. One of the best way to spend that time is going for 'off leash' walks where it is safe, with low activity from others. You bond, both of you get exercise, it's all good.
05-14-2014 02:00 PM
Jwrobinett My guy is only 10 weeks old and I think part of the problem is that I haven't found the toys that he really likes yet! We haven't gone to petsmart or any pet store like that because he isn't fully vaccinated and I just wanted to wait on that!
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