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    Ok, now Zoey knows sit and down but if I tell her down she'll lie down but then if I say sit she wont get up and she'll keep down is there anything I'm doing wrong?

    Also once she sits or goes down she wont stand up after I awarded her. How could I get her to stand at the moment I move away and she'll walk to me should I award her or not and is there any easier ways to get her to stand?

    P.S I don't do clicker training I give her dog treats (small triaining treats called Nautrel gifts).

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    Tina, we have already told you, don't stress about her training. She is only just 7 weeks old!
    You need to let her be a puppy.
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    You are trying to teach her complex sequences for a baby puppy.

    I would get her walking at your side and start teaching her to heel. Put her on a lead and keep walking forward and have treats in your hand that you reward her with as she walks by your side. Every now and then give her the sit or down command and get her to sit or down at your side. Then give her the heel command and walk forward and hopefully she will follow, use the treats to lure her initially and once she has the idea give her the treat when she walks forward. Praise and then reward. Just practice this a little each day and make it fun.

    You can also get her sit in front of you. She is on a lead and sitting facing you toe toe. Once she is sitting run backwards calling her and she should follow.

    These are things you can start teaching a puppy, but keep it short and fun, just a few minute each day.


    Use you voice as a marker when she does the right thing - good dog followed by a treat. The clicker can be used instead of your voice but must always be followed by a treat. You dont use a clicker without following it with a reward. The clicker is not a reward it is a marker of correct behaviour.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-04-2010 at 03:06 PM.

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    myf she is turning 8 weeks 2marrow and the faster you train her the better she'll be.
    Kala thanks for the advise she hates the leads and wheneverwe put it on her she wont even walk and she thinks it is a toy, also how could I make my training fun because I don't wont her to hate it?

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    Your pup will learn in time to sit up from a lay but you can't rush it.

    Myf has a point. She is a puppy. Yes, the more training you get in the better but you can't expect her to be an expert at training at 8 weeks, she needs time to learn and grow, she needs to be a puppy.

    I have a 5 month old puppy, I do train her but if she is struggling with something, I do work on it but just randomly, I don't keep working her till she gets it right. Currently I am trying to teach her heel and she's just not getting it completely, I just need to give her time.

    With her training, only do small sessions, 3/5 minutes, several times in a day, a lot of play after a training session. During a training session if she doesn't look like she is having fun, give her a quick play with a toy and then continue training. Get excited when she does something right, praise her lots. if she looks bored also, hype yourself up so she gets excited and wants to listen, i do that if my girl looks bored and she starts to enjoy herself more cause she see's I am having fun.

    Please remember, let her be a puppy. She is 8 weeks and expecting her to be perfect at such a young age is just silly.

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    Regarding her with her lead, i've never really had a issue with my dogs and leads but there's different methods you could try.

    1. Put the leash on and play with her, reward her with treats while it is on. Coax her to walk around dragging it behind her. Hopefully in time she shouldn't be bothered with the leash on.

    2. If she trys playing with the leash, re-direct her attention with a toy or give a firm 'No' and pull the lead (gently) out of her mouth.

    3. Or you could fill a bottle with small rocks and if she starts chewing the lead, give it a firm quick shake.

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    well am i allowed to at least train her a bit most puppies get learnt early and cause i got her at 6 weeks i have to train her and thxs for the hjelp of walking her on the leash

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    Of course you should train her, I trained my girl at 8 weeks when I got her. What I am saying is don't expect her to be a perfect dog at such a young age. She isn't going to get all the commands you give her in one shot, some things you will want her to learn will take time. In time she will learn to move from a lay to a sit without a problem.

    Do you see what I'm saying?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinaisback100 View Post
    myf she is turning 8 weeks 2marrow and the faster you train her the better she'll be.
    Kala thanks for the advise she hates the leads and wheneverwe put it on her she wont even walk and she thinks it is a toy, also how could I make my training fun because I don't wont her to hate it?
    Remember baby puppies have a very tiny attention span. Sometimes things they are having trouble with now become easier to learn when they are a little bit older.

    With her lead, you could put it on and let her drag it around so she gets used to it. With my pups I would put the lead on and lure them forward with a treat. If they resisted I would just let them feel the pressure of the lead and let them get used to the pressure. If they struggled I would follow them, keeping a slight pressure on the lead untill they calmed down and then I would reward them. I would do this a couple of minutes a day and as they get used to the lead progess to getting them to walk forward in it.

    Make it fun by doing it in very short bursts and making a big praise of something they do right. Do lots of playing in between getting them to perform a command. Remember break things down into very simple things that your puppy can learn easily.

    Too much pressure to perform will cause them to become stressed. It is like if someone tried to teach you very fast how to do sums that had addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in them when you had only been taught how to do addition. You would get very frustrated and stressed.

    You need to learn each part separately. If your pup is not getting something, do something your pup can do and praise.

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    so should I just keep training her to sit until she knows it very well?

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