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critterlady 04-23-2014 12:10 PM

Help
 
Zeus is now 16 1/2 weeks old, he suddenly seems like a toddler in the terrible two's! I have been working with him on basic things like sit, down, standing from a sit/down position, and leash training, I have had two deaths in the family this past week and a half so I have been kinda lax on his training, but he suddenly refuses to listen, is hyper, wants to play tug of war with my clothes, jumping up on me and has started nipping me from behind when I walk in the yard (he's herding me). I am getting frustrated, seems like I've hit a wall in his training. I am trying to find an obedience trainer to help me, but there aren't a lot of options in my area, the one person I did find wants to use physical force, manhandling and dominance as training methods, no treats or rewards, trying to avoid going to her. I live in a rural area in central Illinois, if anyone has any recommendations on trainers or suggestions to help me train him, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

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Diesel7602 04-23-2014 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by critterlady (Post 5419081)
Zeus is now 16 1/2 weeks old, he suddenly seems like a toddler in the terrible two's! I have been working with him on basic things like sit, down, standing from a sit/down position, and leash training, I have had two deaths in the family this past week and a half so I have been kinda lax on his training, but he suddenly refuses to listen, is hyper, wants to play tug of war with my clothes, jumping up on me and has started nipping me from behind when I walk in the yard (he's herding me). I am getting frustrated, seems like I've hit a wall in his training. I am trying to find an obedience trainer to help me, but there aren't a lot of options in my area, the one person I did find wants to use physical force, manhandling and dominance as training methods, no treats or rewards, trying to avoid going to her. I live in a rural area in central Illinois, if anyone has any recommendations on trainers or suggestions to help me train him, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

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Do you think he can feel your emotional pain from the deaths? I'm not a expert, but I know dogs can read are emotions. Maybe he is picking up something about how you feel that makes him start acting that way.

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Eiros 04-23-2014 02:28 PM

Sounds like you have a lot going on!! :(

If he's not getting enough exercise because you've been busy, or he's picking up on your stress/frustration, this can be causing it.
The hyper, trying to engage you, sassy stuff sounds like a bored puppy to me.

critterlady 04-23-2014 02:37 PM

I have been gone a lot this past week and a half, try to work on training and play fetch with him in the yard when I have been home, but after a few tosses he takes what ever item we're playing with and lays down with it, refusing to play anymore. I know he needs a "job", but not sure exactly what, just another reason I'm looking for a trainer to work with. Hopefully things will settle down in the next few days and I can get back to focusing more on his training and exercise.

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DutchKarin 04-23-2014 02:45 PM

While changes in routine can be at play, it has been my experience that around 4 months, puppies move into a new phase that includes testing an independence. It will pass but demands that you stay focused and consistent. Now is a good time for classes, trainers, lots of exercise and maybe backing up a bit to reinforce training.
I do think it passes but they are a challenge from 4 months until......? ;-)

Diesel7602 04-23-2014 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by critterlady (Post 5419641)
I have been gone a lot this past week and a half, try to work on training and play fetch with him in the yard when I have been home, but after a few tosses he takes what ever item we're playing with and lays down with it, refusing to play anymore. I know he needs a "job", but not sure exactly what, just another reason I'm looking for a trainer to work with. Hopefully things will settle down in the next few days and I can get back to focusing more on his training and exercise.

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If you take him for walks make him carry a back pack with water bottles in it, that way he feels like he is doing a job. Another thing the trainer told me is get a box and a clicker , walk him around the box, every time he looks at it or touches it click and treat. You can even have it on the side so every time he puts his head in click, then throw a few treats in it. There is also some thing online called 100 things to do with a box and your dog. It does a lot to the mind. Even if you exercise them they need there brain exercise. Might be worth a try.

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Sunflowers 04-23-2014 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Diesel7602 (Post 5419881)
If you take him for walks make him carry a back pack with water bottles in it, that way he feels like he is doing a job. Another thing the trainer told me is get a box and a clicker , walk him around the box, every time he looks at it or touches it click and treat. You can even have it on the side so every time he puts his head in click, then throw a few treats in it. There is also some thing online called 100 things to do with a box and your dog. It does a lot to the mind. Even if you exercise them they need there brain exercise. Might be worth a try.

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I would not put a backpack with water bottles on a 16 week old puppy.

Diesel7602 04-23-2014 03:44 PM

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I would not put a backpack with water bottles on a 16 week old puppy.

I read it wrong. I thought it said 16 months. My bad. =P Well sometimes to keep I'm mind when he is older .

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