Hey thanks guys. We are actually really starting to have some issues which I need some help with. I need to take him for a walk now and I will write about it when he is sleeping. I really do need some advice.
Like Jean, I don't believe any one style of training/correction is right or wrong. And like Jean, I like to borrow from all styles. However...She came again at 9 weeks and during the lesson told us that he was showing very dominant characteristics and told us to flip him on his back, pin him down by his neck, growl at him and if he didnt "submit" by rolling his head back and going limp, to shake him.
What is particularly sad of course, is that I think you've been concerned about a problem that wasn't there in the first place. You were just ill-advised. Do as your dog does every day; forget what happened yesterday and the day before. Take today as a new start and learn to enjoy it, even the bits that go wrong.I have been so concerned with how to tackle the dominance problem and following all of the rules
Yup. It's not an overnight solution but it sure does work. The knack, I believe, particularly at the start, is being so quick that the dog (particularly a young puppy) doesn't get excited and starts to nip. Puppies are so prone to nipping when they forget themselves. This method doesn't give them time to get in that state.Jean;574 said:For example, all i did was: Touch the head, click, and give a treat. Touch the rear, click, and give a treat. Touch her with the groom brush, click, and give a treat. I did this all over her body, eventually I was able to step over her, and even groom her.
Hi fletcher, I moved all of our posts into this thread as requested! :dogblush:Attention withdrawl - I had not thought of giving a "legal toy" to show whats right to chew on - would this be rewarding the bad behavour though? or is the attention withdrawl enough to counteract that? This morning I managed to get out of the room onto the deck, closed the door and turned my back - that really settled him down.
I tried the positive touches this morning with the clicker and treats and was amazed how much well it worked. He knows the wait command very well and I could say wait, touch briefly and he would wait. By the end, I could handle his ears and stroke his back and tummy for short periods without those sharp puppy teeth "holding my hand"! I will do this several times per day. He does not seem have an aversion to touch, in fact he seems to love it but, without a stuffed toy in his mouth (before this morning with the clicker training), he will lash his head around until he finds something to put in his mouth and that is usually my hand or arm!!
You'll find that a great many puppies do this. It's partly excitement. If you happened to have something in your hand at that time, I'd bet that the puppy would nip that instead. As it is, you don't and so it nips the things it sees moving - your hand.He is not so much "afraid of hands" just very very mouthy and if we play or touch he turns his head - almost like he needs something in his mouth and if there is no toy then it is hands.