"Play" drive! and house manners
It has been a looooonggg time since I've raised a puppy...
We're doing pretty well with our boy, who is almost 6 months old. However, I am having an issue that I am trying to figure out how to train/handle.
Harley absolutely LOVES to play (of course! He's a puppy!) We do a lot of ball chasing outside. The thing is, he wants to bring this game inside. He will bring me his Kong, a bone he's been gnawing on, a slobbery toy, anything he can find when I am sitting down in the living room (I work from home so we're together all day.)
He puts the toy on my lap and looks at me with that intense GSD look. I just hand it back to him, trying to indicate I am not playing at the moment and not tossing it for him. But he won't take no for an answer (at the moment - trying to fix that!) He gets more and more insistent and keeps handing me the toy and he is now putting his huge paws up on me (pawing at me insistently.)
I tell him "OFF" but obviously I am not teaching him what I need to. Suggestions? (We are finishing our first beginner obedience class, in which he has learned sit, down, a short stay, shake, and beginning work on loose leash walking, come when called, leave it and drop it.)