Hey, you see my Glory walk away from me in that video? More than once! And I had chicken/cheese/hotdogs I was handing out and dropping on the floor!
I really really really recommend going to some new dog classes. I've only been in this 'dog thing' for about 15 years and I can't even begin to tell your the difference between how THIS puppy is getting trained compared to my first pup. There's no way, with what I know now, that I'd do it the same. Dog training , particularly with puppies, is vastly different.
You have hit the key point that is OUR problem not our puppies. And the part the supposedly smarter partner in this training pair has to THINK to figure out (this would be the human part
). What do I have to do to make THIS puppy WANT to be with me, WANT to learn, and WANT to figure out this 'school' I'm making it go to.
Hungry puppy and REAL treats make a huge difference for me. Added to the TONS of exercise I give normally to take the edge off and the excitement of new things in a new place. Truthfully, I spend vastly more time exercising and socializing my new puppies (if you had a chance to see some of my other videos you'd have noticed that
) rather than 'training'. Just tricks and fun stuff and then my dog classes and trainer help with all the timing and fine tuning I then need to add.
Heck, I've gotten TWO agility championships on 2 different German Shepherds and look where I am with my new (and 3rd) puppy? DOG CLASSES!