I am brand new to this forum, but have been viewing it & reading for weeks in anticipation for our new Shepherd.
We brought our 8 week old puppy home yesterday, and he is everything we hoped for so far. He is alert, playful, courageous & very sweet.
He seems to be pretty intelligent, we have been working hard on basic house manners -- he has not had an accident in his crate or the house, and only cries for a few minutes in his crate and then settles down to go to sleep. He eats all his meals in his crate with the door open -- and today when he felt overwhelmed, he went to his crate for comfort.
I have read it is important to start training right away, but it is hard for me to keep him focused. I am trying to figure out the best way to motivate him -- he likes treats, but does not go crazy for them; and is just now starting to be interested in his tug toys and tennis balls.
Does anyone have advice on how to motivate him to stay focused on me when training? He looks around constantly, and doesn't seem to notice that I have treats in my hand until I have them basically in his mouth.
I am working on sit, lay down and come at the moment. He comes to me when he sees me, but is not responding to his name yet.
I would appreciate any advice that could be given!