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PostPosted: 12/26/05, 6:26 pm    Post subject: crazed behavior Reply with quote

I feel like I've been wandering in a wasteland for the past six weeks! I wish I had thought to look for "breed specific" advice instead of poring over all the puppy training books I have. Your dogs sound so much like mine! I have never had a dog friend quite like the one I have now. He is 13 wks old (I got him at six weeks). Nothing that I have ever been successful with before works with this boy when it comes to discipline. He is smart--learned sit and stay within three days, he relunctantly obeys the down command (vocalizing his displeasure with a series of "humpfs!"), and picks and chooses when he responds to, "Come." My concern though, is his behavior when anyone or another dog is sighted--either during our walks, visitors to our house, or anyplace we run into others. (I have a nightmare story about taking him into PetSmart & disrupting a puppy training class). I have him on a chain choker, but he is willing to pass out rather than sit still. He cries and lunges against his chain until I have to physically kneel behind him to restrain him with one hand under his chin, my body completely covering him, my other arm wrapped around his chest. This seems to have a calming effect on him (or maybe he just knows he can't get loose...) His anxiety level equals crazed in trying to get to his object--it is not to fight or bite, but just to
"get to." I am at a loss and have started to catch myslef thinking that "it's easier to leave him behind." I want my dog to be social and pleasant in public. I can't read why he goes beserk. Anyone?
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PostPosted: 12/27/05, 1:19 pm    Post subject: Letting him grow up maybe Reply with quote

He's a BABY. 13 weeks old. I think you have too much pressure on this youngster and knowing those commands only reinforces that pressure. Nothing in your email says I'm having fun just being a puppy. I'm not saying he doesn't need to be somewhat under control at this age, but surely not needing to sit, stay, down, etc.

Obviously try another collar instead of the chain on this BABY. Why not just a buckle collar at this age?

Take him to puppy kindergarten class that you interrupted and let him grow up. If he freaks out in a situation, that's too much for him and you need to back off.

It's not discipline he needs when be freaks out, but starting out at a place where he's just getting a little uncomfortable and not freaking out. Stay in the place where he's uncomfortable repeatedly, NOT daily, until he is comfortable and then move forward.

Too much pressure is very hard to overcome. Relax, slow down, take it at his pace, NOT YOURS. You have only one chance to grow a happy adjusted puppy.
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PostPosted: 06/12/06, 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOOOW, steady on, as DevataGWP says, HE IS A BABY !
I have made mistakes with my dog, and believe me, I found that I had to check my expectations (a lot !!!)
Because of these I still have to deal with some issues on my 13 month old dog and he is STILL only a puppy.
DOn't make my mistakes, be patient and you will be rewarded.
I think in was Jon on here who told me at the time to think what I want of my dog in a couple of years never mind weeks or months

Have fun watching you dog having fun
A hard life isn't easy !
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