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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
12 week old puppies should be 100% supervised - managing them is key. You can pick up you shoes, but when outside, don't let her roam around and pick up stones. When I had a pup that age, I would just carry him over to grassy areas and put him down to let him explore instead of making him walk through gravel/stone areas when he was in the stone-eating phase.
Teach your pup to chase YOU!! Always make it a fun game with a reward at the end (play, treats, more play, more chasing YOU!). You should NEVER NEVER NEVER chase your dog, whether it is 12 weeks old or 12 months old!
Build a foundation of the pup coming to you because she WANTS to and good things happen! Manage and supervise to prevent behaviours you don't want or that may be dangerous for her - avoid creating constant conflict with your pup by putting her into situations where making the wrong choice (eating rocks, taking shoes) is too tempting and too easy. Instead, make the right choices obvious and a no-brainer, so she learns what the right choices are: take dog toys, play on the grass, come to you with treasures, and is rewarded for it. Not only does it take stress away from you, but it builds confidence in your pup because of your positive response to her actions.
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