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Old 04-03-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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Hi!  Can I join?

 

I have a 9 month old black lab/golden retriever mix. 

 

He's sweet and easy going, and really smart.  BUT, despite my intentions, we've done a lousy job of socializing him.  We live in the country, and had a baby a few weeks after we got him.  I took him to the Farmer's market and things in the beginning, but then we just stayed home too much, and didn't have a lot of company.  So, he's skittish of new things, and growls at new people.  I took him to a trainer, and we've got him under control in public now, but when people come to our house, ack!.  We have a lot of training to do. He's not agressive, but he sure looks it to people who don't speak "dog".  We've not lived here long, and we don't have many neighbors, and he doesn't growl at the same person twice, so...it's hard to work with him on this.

 

He's fun around the house, though, and I'm amazed at how low-drive he is.  My last dog was a mix of herding breeds...yeah.  I just bought the puppy tricks book mentioned up thread, and I think we'll have a lot of fun with that! 

 

I do have a question about training.  So, he's pretty smart, and he knows a lot, but how do I MAKE him when he doesn't want to?  Is it all about proofing, and continually upping the distractions?  And how much should I expect out of him now?  Is he too young to be reliable yet? 


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Cute puppy Arduinna!

 

I haven't been posting to this thread since Asia's such a big girl now.
 

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I do have a question about training.  So, he's pretty smart, and he knows a lot, but how do I MAKE him when he doesn't want to?  Is it all about proofing, and continually upping the distractions?  And how much should I expect out of him now?  Is he too young to be reliable yet? 



Make him work on tricks?  Make the reward worth his time.  My dog loves training because she gets a good reward (in her mind at least).  It depends on the dog as to what that reward will be.  At 9 months, he should be able to do some things consistently (sit, stay, those type of requests).

 

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No, he loves to work for me.  In fact, he'll bounce around the house looking at me and heeling beautifully, but I can't treat him all day...I have stuff I need to do. 

 

Should I just put him in his crate or in the kennel or something?  Seems sad not to have him out, but then he won't do what I ask.  Like, if he knows I have hot dogs, he'll come right away, but not if he knows I don't.  I've taken to trying to have a pocketful of something dog yummy, so I can give him more treats and reinforce good behavior.  Seems like a bad idea overall because he will just sit there looking at me if he knows I have something.  Sometimes he'll start running through every thing he knows to do.  If I don't give him something, eventually he'll run off and do something else, like chew up rawhide or annoy my old dog, but he won't just hang out for long.

 

So, he knows (well) a pretty good handful of commands, but he won't do them unless he wants to.  Thoughts?

 

 


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That's the downside of rewarding with treats.  My dog's big on praise so we do that alot.  And I alternate treats with no treats when we're working.  Once she has something down pat, I stop using food.  I also don't reward for her doing something without me asking beyond a "good girl". 

 

I wouldn't keep him in the crate all day, he needs to learn that he can just hang out and not get any treat.  I'd make sure he has plenty of toys out and gets plenty of exercise and back off with the treats.  And make him work for everything; sitting before petting, etc.  That's what I would do anyways.

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So, once he knows something, how do I make him do it if I don't use a food lure?  I'm struggling with physical correction...there are so many opinions, and I'm trying to figure out how to get him to do it when he doesn't want to.

 

Like, a simple one, he's distracted by my older dog, say, getting a drink.  He wants to bully her out of the way, so I tell him to come.  He won't.  He's not overly excited or anything, he just doesn't want to.  I've started having him drag a leash so I can jerk it, but then I wonder about that?

 

What do you do when your dog knows full well what to do, but won't?
 


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What constitues "down pat"? And, how much can I expect out of a (very smart) 9 month old puppy, anyway?


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Down pat = you give him a command and he follows it.  As in you say "Sit" and he sits. 

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We have a four year old Border/Wheaten Terrier mix, adopted at age 2, and a brand new five week old Golden Retriever puppy, who came home on Saturday. orngbiggrin.gif

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We have a four year old Border/Wheaten Terrier mix, adopted at age 2, and a brand new five week old Golden Retriever puppy, who came home on Saturday. orngbiggrin.gif



Congrats on your new puppy. As your puppy is still very young, generally a puppy shouldn't be separated from its mama and litter until at least 8 weeks, you will need to do lots of socialization with him/her. I think this link on developmental stages is very helpful.

 

Enjoy your new little one!

 

 


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Congrats on your new puppy. As your puppy is still very young, generally a puppy shouldn't be separated from its mama and litter until at least 8 weeks, you will need to do lots of socialization with him/her. I think this link on developmental stages is very helpful.

 

Enjoy your new little one!

 

 



Yes, I know. There's a long story as to why she's with us this early, but I'll spare you the details. I've raised kittens from birth when a feral mama abandoned them, and I fostered a 6 week old yorkie a few years back, so we felt comfortable taking her on right now. She's doing beautifully so far.

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5 weeks? Why on earth? Poor puppy
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