17th November 2011, 03:35 AM
Keep at it, you'll get there. Some commands are easier to learn than others, but keep your treats handy and when he
performs a command, make a huge fuss.
Our Jessie knows how to sit, shake hands, dance and go around in a circle.
Sitting only took a few days, with just using the command during normal play.
When he would sit, I would say, 'sit, good boy', then worked that into using a treat and holding it near his nose and moving
it slightly above his head, which made him automatically sit. I kept using the term 'sit' and once he sat, I gave him the treat and
made a big deal about it.
Shaking hands took only half an hour one morning while we were playing. The dancing came about when I had music on and was dancing around and he kept jumping up on me and wanting to join.
Whenever he hears me singing, he'll jump up now to dance
17th November 2011, 10:54 AM
Wow!!! I really need to change tactic with Chloe. I think I messed up about 2 days ago. She has a toy that is long and can be used for tugging. We didn't play a tugging game, but I would circle it around and she would chase it, catch it, and go wild. Even when I just held it out for her, she'd charge it, play and keep at it for 10 minutes or more. She then became very hyper afterwards until she wore herself out and then reverted back to sweet puppy to take a nap. Now, she is always hyper during play. I have put that toy away and I know I read your'e not supposed to play chase games and such. (I did that too. I would walk really fast, dragging my feet, letting her follow me. It seemed fun... but again, I think I messed up.)
Originally Posted by JessieAndMe
She also tries to nip - well, chew really - my toes and fingers, and thinks it's a game. THe toes I never let her do, but the fingers - she had a good soft mouth when we were just sitting and then she'd have a finger in her mouth. Very cute (I know, I shouldn't have done it) - but the problem is when we started playing, she'd be too hyper and would go after the fingers and toes biting hard. She does stop if I make a startling sound (now it takes several sounds at times to get her to stop), but then seems to do it again, and then I try to make another starting sound. Hopefully she'll change. It's just hard to imagine right now.
So - now I have to figure out some type of play that does not cause aggression that she enjoys. Some commands, and then no chasing. (?) Did any of you experience this hyperactivity - and more importantly, were you able to successfully curb the behavior?
(Btw, she sleeps in her crate at night now without protest or crying! She stays in there all night and uses the puppy pads if she has to go. So, there have been some successes )
Mom to tri puppy Chloe Louise
17th November 2011, 09:09 PM
Well, I am not the expert on here...but I would say all of that is very very normal for this age. That was Brooklyn in a nut shell, and now she is much different (that happened through training classes and just general growing up). But even now, Brooky has the "crazy hour" When she will run full speed from the living room down the hall outside circle the BBQ and back again. I have turned this into a game with her, doing commands, using toys, and sometimes just letting her go and burning off her crazies. All the things you just wrote below were all of my concerns too. I remember calling our trainer almost in tears because I thought she was crazy, hyperactive, she kept nipping us, she wouldnt listen. My trainer helped a lot to just accept this part of puppyhood, train and also, not expect so much so soon. Really, Brooklyn did not start "getting it" til about 6 months, those first few months were hard for me, I was so out of my element. But a good trainer and just enjoying the crazies is your best bet. I used to worry so much, or get concerned or annoyed or freaked out...and it turns out my energy fueled hers. Once I just chilled out and let it happen, focused on my training, Brooky was a changed dog. But again...that was much later. Most of this is just puppy...like it or not!
As far as games go, I think you just have to listen to your own dog. There are some toys (the Babble Ball is one!!) that just make Brooky crazy, like totally mental and hyper like you said. So, I usually don't play with them, or if I do, once I see her state of mind go too high, I just calmly take away and replace with a chew toy, bully stick or something calm. She is this way with bubbles too...she loves bubbles and it is calm and fun for a while, but I always have to stop before she gets the crazies (usually after 5 minutes), because they make her a bit nuts-o too ha. I mean, I play tug with Brooky, she is fine, we have fun. A good trick if you want her to release the toy (before you have taught "drop") is just to lightly blow on her nose. This instinctually releases their jaw...works every time I also play a form of chase, I call it tag or hide and seek and Brooklyn loves it. But again, you know your dog so just pay attention to what is good for them, every dog is different. But those crazies/hypers you mention, really are just puppies. Sometimes they just need to burn off that burst of energy, no matter how long your walk just was! That is what my trainer told me. So I wouldn't say you messed up, don't worry Maybe just play games that make you more comfortable about her energy level, but do expect those "bursts" of hyperness for a while.
With the biting. Totally normal too. They won't stop right away and you are doing the right things. When you screetch "ouch!" (or whatever you do to let her know it hurts even if it does not, screetch every time), then also at the same time, get up and walk away. Remove yourself from the game. She will soon learn she hurt you and lost a play buddy. Not something they want! If you stay around and keep playing, she won't get the message. End play. Also you can instantly replace with a chew toy (kong, bully, etc) if you want. But again, this won't stop right away even if you are doing the right thing (you are!!), it is puppy head, so just keep doing it. One day, you will go "ahhh! it clicked!!" Make sure Chloe has lots of chew things that are interesting too. Once she starts teething I used to put toys in water then in the freezer...cool chew toy and they love it!
So end all, you are doing a good job...and we are always here to help!! I learned SO much in my first year with Brooklyn, more than I ever thought I would have. And also remember that puppy behaviour is not always leading to aggressive behaviour at all. It is just puppy, and it is not your fault. I gather, that age will cure 90% of this if you stick with what you know.
Also, are you set up for a puppy school yet? And then training classes after? Those worked wonders for us. Hope that helps! I am a rambler, sorry!!!
17th November 2011, 09:11 PM
Oh and BRAVO on the crate and puppy pads!! It took Brooky way longer than that. Celebrate these successes...it all comes in time
18th November 2011, 05:19 AM
Hyperactive? That's an understatement
He goes on, what we've called, 'his bonkers run', where he'll have these bursts of hyperactivity and will just run and
run. throw toys around and generally be a little ratbag and takes it out on his squeaky toys. He loves it and we don't stop him,
he isn't hurting anyone and he's not being aggressive beyond a little rough play. We figure that he needs to have his crazy bouts, as he's
teething and it has to be frustrating for him.
Jessie is the same with feet, but generally only mine. Toes, socks, shoes, slippers, you name it. Funnily enough, he was doing that before
we brought him home at 7 weeks as well. It's only lately that after persisting, he has moved on and now tugs at my bootleg pants.
It's only when he wants to play and he tries to drag me over to his toys. If the whimpering and crying out isn't working with Chloe
when she nips, try replacing whatever she is chewing with a chewable treat, like a Kong (as most people recommend them) but we use
Kangaroo or bully sticks. He'll do anything for a Roo stick. Jessie doesn't respond to NO or growling at him really, so we use more
positive reinforcement. Ignore (when safe to do so) his naughtiness and praise his behind off when he's being a good boy.
That's fantastic about her potty training. Our little guy hasn't been as successful, since day one when we brought him home, he wont
use the grass to go to the potty, I would grab him and redirect him, but he would run off and only do it on our gravel or concrete.
We haven't used create training, as we didn't feel comfortable with using that technique at the time, so I think that's how we've
fallen down a little. I wish we had of, and so does our new carpet.
Once you get into a routine with her, it'll all click in. There is no rule that you need to start with obedience training straight away.
We didn't. One of the best things I've noticed, if you have friends or family members with great dogs. It's amazing how much a pup
will learn from an older dog that has good behaviour traits. That is probably more valuable than classes or puppy preschool. Try
it yourself first, as it ends up really expensive and you'll need a second job just to keep her
18th November 2011, 11:51 AM
Mom to tri puppy Chloe Louise
18th November 2011, 12:04 PM
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Mom to tri puppy Chloe Louise