Ya know what. I think sometimes people expect (and get) so much so fast with a youngster, that they are surprised when the pup acts like a pup and acts not quite so polished as you thought he was.
Letting the puppy into a situation where he might get hit by cars at his age because his training is that perfected, I dunno, I think it is premature.
On the other hand, I let pups at 8 weeks old run from the kennel to my car in an area that is not fenced. And from the car to my house, or to the kennel. They always come. I do not command them to come. I just call them and they come.
It's funny my trainer stopped by as she was in the neighborhood and saw I had the puppies out front. And in the course of them being there I had let some of them out, or was getting them back in their area, and the one went running. They were worried, and I said, "she won't go anywhere." And then I called, "Nellie!" and she came right to me, and I lifted her into her area. They seemed impressed at her coming, but she's been coming to me since she was weaned. I bring the food. I have toys. They like me.
I think they have good days and bad days. There may be something they haven't encountered before, and they want to check it out. But I never think a 5 month old pup is trained. Oh they will come, or I will go the other way, make myself more exciting, I am not frightened when they are loose in my yard. But trained? No way. I tend to let mine be puppies longer than other people. I take them to classes, yeah, but I am not looking for the same goals at the end of six weeks.
Training is a journey, and I am happy to enjoy the trip. I don't mind plodding along in the slow lane, or hanging out behind an Amish buggy for a while. When it does count, I will be able to take any one of the critters out and do whatever I want them to do, even if they are not in active training for months, because once my dogs have their foundation down, it's like riding a bicycle, they have it.
Moofie just finished his first obedience class. He doesn't stay well, his sits are good but crooked and we haven't done much with recall, but his come fronts are good. His heeling is about right for his age. His downs are sloppy but I don't have to touch him. He is 4.5 months old, and I am perfectly happy with where he is. He likes the tunnel.
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