For me, forget the alpha smalpha stuff..At this age, I am working on a good bond with my puppy
Basic stuff like sit/COME (most important), working on that puppy to get them to think "I" am the center of their universe
Patience, consistency, being fair, and not expecting a perfect puppy/dog.
I hand feed my puppies, figure out what motivates them, is it toys? food?
I kinda let them be puppies at this age, ignoring bad stuff, redirecting to good things, ALWAYS Praising, treating for GOOD behaviors even if you haven't asked for them.,
I think once you get a good bond going, everything else falls into place,,mutual respect
Thats just my quick view on it
Seems like I'm doing a decent job then. She's food motivated definitely.
Correct me if I'm wrong with any of these training techniques. But this is what I've been doing.
Teach her to sit/come and treat her 90% of the time. (i use her food for treats) 10% I give her a toy.
Feed her 3x a day, after feeding crate her for 30 min then take her out. (no idea why I do this, but seen it on dog whisperer)
Treat her for using Pee pads. (use Pee pads ATM but will eventually go outside.
When she is gnawing on stuff that I don't want her to, or jumping on the couch I used to say no and give her a little pop. But now I grab her and and direct her towards a toy. I was having trouble with a lamp wire but she seems to know not to touch it anymore because of my attitude change when there is something really wrong. Am I doing this right?
Biting of arms, fingers, feet...etc...my arms look like I'm emo and cut myself because of her. The thing I'm really havinga problem with is when I goto grab her sometimes she will snap back like "hands off". Any suggestions?
Also, I play with her on the floor most of the time. Sometimes ill act like im a dog and growl at her either squatting or on the floor, I usually get her running at me and then quickly turns to growling and barking...but if I stand up and calm down shell stop. I have recently stopped doing the whole imma a dog thing because I don't want her to look at me as a dog. If that makes sense.
She seems to like to nip at faces. I want to put a stop to that but no clue how.
Yesterday, I went on this whole Cesar Millian "im the boss" training but felt like I was just bullying my dog. Always poking, pinning her. When is a good sign that I need to pin her? Is there any reason to? I'm sure I confused the dog more than anything so I stopped.
The last few days I have been putting her between my legs on her back so I could pet her stomach. Sometimes she likes it but sometimes she just wants out. She seems like she doesn't like to be pet to much. If my wife or I reach for her to give her a little pet she will try to bite. Seems weird. Is this what puppies do?
Sorry if some of this doesnt make sense I'm typing from my phone.
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