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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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We have had our puppy 5 days( he is 9 weeks old) and from day one, we have tried to teach him his name. I wanted to do clicker training so we have been clicking and treating and clicking and treating and clicking and treating. High value treats, like tiny niblets of chicken breast.
This is a WLGSD and his parents are both titled and while i haven't met them i saw their working videos and I know hes bred to work. He has zero interest in listening to anything we try to teach him, totally focus-less. UNLESS its the cat or the broom and then god himself couldn't take this puppy's attention away.

Also he used to follow me on the leash , now he refuses to follow me after 4 days of coming long nicely.Even with a lure of chicken or toy he doesn't want to follow me.

I'm so upset because i thought this puppy would be a snap to train, he was "independently evaluated " at 7 weeks for his placement and he was given scores that would indicate high handler focus and working ability.

what am I doing wrong?
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What are you doing wrong?

Expecting WAY too much, way too fast.
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We have had our puppy 5 days( he is 9 weeks old) and from day one, we have tried to teach him his name. I wanted to do clicker training so we have been clicking and treating and clicking and treating and clicking and treating. High value treats, like tiny niblets of chicken breast.
This is a WLGSD and his parents are both titled and while i haven't met them i saw their working videos and I know hes bred to work. He has zero interest in listening to anything we try to teach him, totally focus-less. UNLESS its the cat or the broom and then god himself couldn't take this puppy's attention away.

Also he used to follow me on the leash , now he refuses to follow me after 4 days of coming long nicely.Even with a lure of chicken or toy he doesn't want to follow me.

I'm so upset because i thought this puppy would be a snap to train, he was "independently evaluated " at 7 weeks for his placement and he was given scores that would indicate high handler focus and working ability.

what am I doing wrong?
You are expecting too much out of a brand new puppy. Let him get used to you.
To teach his name make it fun. Throw a treat. As soon as he gets it, call him back by saying his name. Treat. Then do it again.
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tell me what I can expect at this age then please. I haven't had a puppy in 17 years .
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tell me what I can expect at this age then please. I haven't had a puppy in 17 years .
Not much.
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You are expecting too much out of a brand new puppy. Let him get used to you.
To teach his name make it fun. Throw a treat. As soon as he gets it, call him back by saying his name. Treat. Then do it again.
thats what we are trying to do, with my husband and I sitting across from one another feet touching and calling his name with treats =zero interest in treats.
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I think he's just so new. He might be more toy driven.

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tell me what I can expect at this age then please. I haven't had a puppy in 17 years .
You can expect him/her to chew on everything, steal your shoes, pee on the floor and generally have a good time at your expense. As for training, probably not much.
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Remember, this is a very young puppy. You can't expect more of him than you would of a baby human being.

At this age, all I try to do is make their life fun and work on house training. That's more than enough for a pup that age.

Play with him without any expectations and let him learn to love you. That's your job for now.

Let him move in and get comfortable with the household. You should have another 10+ years for training. Relax and enjoy your new family member.
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Yep, agree with everyone else - we're hoping to bring a pup home soon too, but I keep reminding myself and my partner that we need to enjoy that time rather than focus on what the dog can or can't do.

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