Just wanted to give an update on Ruger. He is 13 weeks and is doing great. He has only ever had 2 accidents in the house. He tried to have a third but my hubby caught him in mid squat and stopped him in time. We still have the bells on the door to ring everything we take him out. He has started indicating when he has to go. We are letting him roam in tethered in the living/dining rooms and have all others closed off. He plays and seems to be enjoying himself. He will go to the door, sniff the bells and then sit and look at us. He hasn't made them jingle yet, but as soon as he approaches them, I immediately take him out so that he can get the association. Seems to be working well.
He sleeps in his crate all night. Last potty is about 11pm and then he goes out at 5am. Sometimes we go to bed earlier and yet he holds it until 5am. This morning, we didn't wake up until 7am and he was fine. Never potties in his crate, ever.
He loves to play tug. That is his favorite. I wanted to ask if that is a concern? Some people seem to feel that it encourages them to be rough and aggressive while others say that it's fine as you can use it to teach release. Any thoughts? How should it be approached? Should we continue to let him just tug and play or should we only use it in training?
I want to teach him to fetch, but don't know how as he will chase the ball, get it and then drop it and walk away or lay down and chew it
His ears are JUST starting to go up. One is raised slightly higher than the other but neither one is UP, per say. Just starting to look a little more lifted where the ear meets his head.
One thing that I am having a hard time with is that when he is playing with his toys or our other dog, he does great. However, when he wants my attention, he will run up and bite my foot or leg. It hurts! I yelp and then give a firm NO. He looks at me and nips again. It's like it's a game to him. Any suggestions??
One last thing.....I have decided to enroll him in beginner dog obedience with our vets office. The trainer has shepherds and all dogs have to be UTD on vaccines before being able to participate. I have heard really good things about the program there, so I thought it might lay a good foundation for training in the future and to head off accidentally training him to do unwanted behaviors. Any concerns on doing this??
Thanks for the feedback and input.
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