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    Default How Can I Teach a 9wk Old Pup to Be Calm **please Stop Laughing at Me!

    Hi all
    I have a beautiful 9 week old golden retriever pup named Scout. I got her from a reg. breeder, and she is such a delight. That being said, she's now "woken up" and is not so sleepy, and as a result is VERY rambunctious! I got her to be a family companion dog (I have 3 daughters - 5yrs, 4yrs, 10mths), but mainly to be my companion dog.
    I am not quite sure how to go about having her inside without bounding around and jumping on the kids! I definately don't want to relegate her to the back yard (so NOT what I want to do), so I am seeking advice from experienced dog owners. How do I teach Scout that it's not ok to jump, bounce, zoom, chase & mouth the kids and cats? How do I teach her that when she's inside she is to be calm, and she can be as mad as a hatter outside?
    Thanks in advance and anticipation of your wisdom
    Cass


    Also, here's a pic of the little devil / angel:

    Human Babies: Baylee, Kaiden & Piper
    Fur Babies: Shai, Diego & Scout

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    What a cutie you have there! Have you considered going to puppy school with Scout? I would ask your vet whether they could recommend one in your area.

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    At 10 weeks old, I dont think it would be fair to banish him from basicly being a puppy.
    All his normal playful happy puppyness.
    Make sure he is getting regular attention and exercise so it doesnt turn into attention seeking.
    I agree with Hippo, puppy school would be good in a couple of weeks.

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    We have her booked in to puppy school as of next Monday. I am going to attempt some crate training with her, and just really try to manage my kids behaviours. They are a rambunctious lot themselves, which doesn't help poor Scout
    Human Babies: Baylee, Kaiden & Piper
    Fur Babies: Shai, Diego & Scout

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    sign up at albury obedience club too

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    Cassvanm
    What a cutie Scout is
    Maybe have part of a room sectioned off for her only, and don't let the kids in there, and it gives pup some alone time to play, chew on a bone etc. Just be patient reward good behaviour, puppy school's a good idea. It will get better. They're so silly when so young.

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    Like with your kids, step in when you think things are getting out of control or too much. Then give Scout a time out, a minute or two in a crate (with distracting toys or chews to take her mind off the nutcase act) is usually enough at that age - but leave her until she stops complaining of course!!. It just breaks the escalation cycle, and should help from pup or kids getting hurt when going silly.

    Ours is a bit the same and it is very much their age showing. Love the photos - what a gorgeous girl! Goldies and Labs are a little reknowned for sometimes being pretty full on puppies... but well worth it!!

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    Hi Cass

    I've got a 4 year old son, Ethan and a 10 week old Golden Retriever x Samoyed, Jenna, so I know what you mean. My little boy is very bouncy and Jenna just keeps jumping all over him and biting him. I keep telling Ethan to calm down and stand up, turn his back on Jenna when she bites him but it's an endless battle. We are getting Ethan to give Jenna her food some times so she can begin to see him as higher up in the pack. I can see it's going to be so much harder to train Jenna than it was to train my last dog, Holly, as my other 2 children were much older when we got her.

    Pretty soon we are going to have a problem with Jenna jumping up on the couch as Ethan is constantly jumping on it (despite numerous, I mean NUMEROUS reminders not to do it). She's not quite big enough to do it yet, but it won't be long. Not looking forward to that.

    Good luck
    Last edited by Tkay; 05-25-2010 at 10:40 AM.

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    Forgot to say what a cutie Scout is, It's interesting to see the similarities and the differences between her and Jenna She looks a fair bit bigger. I guess the Sammi part of Jenna is making her a bit smaller.

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