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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    me, you will need to find your niche with your puppy and be creative![/B]

    Don’t be afraid of baby talk or making funny voices/noises for your puppy, be happy and upbeat and give them a chance to learn. Oh, don't be afraid of looking like a twit either! It's par for the course
    Thing is, I have never being a talkative person. I try an portray my emotions silently, unless its anger - that I just spit right out.
    I believe that Dora can feel whatever Im feeling towards her without words - I'm just unconfortable talking too much. I've tried to talk to her, I have - but I just dont feel comfortable. I talk her her at night mostly - when I ahve everything sorted in my head, I discuss it with her. It usally lasts maybe ten-fifteen minutes, but in that time I feel closer to her than ever.
    But is it enough?

    PS. Thank you for the post Very helpful xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Ok, Here is the long post I’ve been promising for a few days now. I’m sorry for not having it done, I know a lot of you have been looking forward to it.

    My first tip: NO jumping on anyone ever, unless invited. Yes an eight week old puppy can grasp this. What I did with Batty is as follows: Batty comes running up to say hi (I take the opportunity to start teaching come, he’s running to me anyway so I say “Batty, Come!” in a happy higher pitched tone and he’s happier to keep coming.) when he gets to me his first thought was to jump to get closer to me, I actually use my hand on his chest to gently put him on the ground then start patting him. Be gentle!! When he stays on the ground I use a lot of praise while patting him calmly. Once he has the idea that the pats come when he stays on the ground (and AFTER I’ve taught him to sit) I begin asking him to sit before he gets the pats. I want a dog that will sit at my feet when I call him, I will be doing obedience and agility competitions with him after he’s turned one, and I will change the behaviour for the competitions, but I also have my hubby’s grandma visiting often and I want him to start sitting at peoples feet when he is called for pats. Batty is now at the stage where he will come up to you and sit down without being asked. He’s been learning this for 3 weeks.

    First Game: This is kind of a ‘chase me, chase you’ game. I get down on the ground on my hands and knees and tap my hands on the ground, then I crawl away from Batty making funny noises so he follows and starts playing. I find having a small toy to pop in his mouth works really well for preventing him nipping me when he gets over-excited. I usually crawl around on the floor with Batty when we’re playing so it’s been brilliant for building up his confidence. The more fun you have with it the better the puppy will enjoy it. The other thing I’ll do with him is lay down on the ground and allow him to walk over the top of me for cuddles (not recommended for bossy pups!) and that’s when I calm him down and he’ll usually lay by my side and fall asleep, sometimes I'll just sit on the ground and he will curl up in my lap or right next to me.

    Second Game: “Show Me What You’ve Got/Fetch” This game has been brilliant with teaching Batty to give things to me. I start having some roast chicken sliced or cubed up ready to give Batty, I encourage him to chase one of his balls and when he grabs it and starts running back to me I start to move away so he follows. When he gets to me I say “Can I See?” and offer the treat, he spits out the ball and takes the treat with praise. Now no matter what he has I can say “Can I See” and Batty will come over and spit out whatever is in his mouth, even just for a pat!

    Confidence building exercises are very easy to do. Start with lots of treats in your pocket, ask for something simple (that you have already taught puppy – ie Sit) then lay on the praise with a trowel! Lots of pats, BIG HAPPY praise, big fuss for doing it right, even if you only ask for it once.
    Right now I’m laying on the ground on my tummy, propped up on my elbows with Batty cuddled up at my side. Don’t worry too much about leadership first, the most important thing at first is building your bond with your puppy. For me building the bond with Batty has come through doing some things wrong, things like greeting him too soon when I get home, allowing him to sit on my lap when I’m on the floor (well I don’t think this is wrong per say, but I won’t be letting him when he is older, I hope that makes sense?).

    Please take note of the fact that this is what works for me, you will need to find your niche with your puppy and be creative!

    Don’t be afraid of baby talk or making funny voices/noises for your puppy, be happy and upbeat and give them a chance to learn. Oh, don't be afraid of looking like a twit either! It's par for the course

    If puppy does something wrong correct him or her, but show him or her the right thing to do. Say ‘No’ and clap your hands, when you have puppy’s attention show him or her a chew toy, or ask for a sit and give a treat before redirecting puppy’s attention onto something like a pigs ear to chew up. Don’t just punish them and walk away ignoring them. Puppy will go directly back to doing what you’ve just told them not to!
    Great post! Thankyou! <33 It has helped me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Thing is, I have never being a talkative person. I try an portray my emotions silently, unless its anger - that I just spit right out.
    I believe that Dora can feel whatever Im feeling towards her without words - I'm just unconfortable talking too much. I've tried to talk to her, I have - but I just dont feel comfortable. I talk her her at night mostly - when I ahve everything sorted in my head, I discuss it with her. It usally lasts maybe ten-fifteen minutes, but in that time I feel closer to her than ever.
    But is it enough?

    PS. Thank you for the post Very helpful xx
    This may be part of the reason you're hitting a wall with her. Puppies in general take a tonne of cues from the tone of your voice and your behaviour. If you are happy and relaxed, puppy will be too.

    I can understand not talking too much, I clam up a bit around people unless they start on a topic I'm particularly passionate about.

    I'm still learning to talk to Batty more but I find that he is the best listener! I also sing to him LOL he loves it when I start singing, gets really happy. It's very cute! Sometimes it's just incoherent babble that sounds happy and funny. Sometimes it's "You're just a little brat, aren't you" in a happy voice, which he loves. Mostly it's just general chit chat.

    It's like having a diary you never have to write in and no-one can read lol. With the added bonus of knowing that your secrets won't be revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by Demi View Post
    Great post! Thankyou! <33 It has helped me
    I'm glad it has helped!

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