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    The idea of this thread is to have one place where people can go looking for new games to play with their puppies that serve as training games as well, kind of a one stop shop for those having problems with puppies or who have just run out of ideas! Anyone can put up the silly little games played with the puppies, or even just hints and tips on getting puppy to behave him/herself.

    If you have any games that you play with your puppy that also teach it to come, or sit, or give things to you etc it would be brilliant if you could post them here!

    Cleasanta, would it be ok to put the Food Circuit info up here?

    To stop Batty running out under the fence every time he was outside (it's the smallest hole that the cat next door dug ) (he is always supervised too, the little rat!) I was hosing the veggies one afternoon and spotted him making a beeline for the fence, I put the hose onto stream mode instead of spray, waited till he got his head a little way through and hit him with a quick squirt from the hose. I had to repeat this 3 times and he hasn't gone back to that hole .

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    Ooh, that sounds genius. I might do that with Dora, except with her digging problem
    I don't have any tips to give (yet!) ut does anyone know how I can tell Dora that I don't want her on the couch, by other ways than pushing her off? Cause when shes trying to jump up, I block her with my arm, but she get's very snarly and tries to bite my fingers. Though the only time she ever wants to get on is when the cat's on it. She and Jasper (the cat) are very aggro towards eachother too. I'm a bit worried. Any tips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    The idea of this thread is to have one place where people can go looking for new games to play with their puppies that serve as training games as well, kind of a one stop shop for those having problems with puppies or who have just run out of ideas! Anyone can put up the silly little games played with the puppies, or even just hints and tips on getting puppy to behave him/herself.

    If you have any games that you play with your puppy that also teach it to come, or sit, or give things to you etc it would be brilliant if you could post them here!

    Cleasanta, would it be ok to put the Food Circuit info up here?


    To stop Batty running out under the fence every time he was outside (it's the smallest hole that the cat next door dug ) (he is always supervised too, the little rat!) I was hosing the veggies one afternoon and spotted him making a beeline for the fence, I put the hose onto stream mode instead of spray, waited till he got his head a little way through and hit him with a quick squirt from the hose. I had to repeat this 3 times and he hasn't gone back to that hole .
    Sure...go for it

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    hmm all I can suggest is a deep firm NO! (for both things cat and couch!) and then when she gets down etc tell her good girl.

    Probably better ideas from others but works for me.

    All 3 of my dogs hated my kitten......I have 2 Pit Bulls and a Staffy X .....now she sleeps on their beds with them and when they go outside she follows She also plays with them all

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    Dora and Jasper have one week between them (Dora's 14 weeks, Jasper's 15) and I think that maybe they don't know their own strength yet.
    I am saying NO!, but when Dora's focused on Jasper, she doesn't seem to hear or see
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    perhaps try clapping your hands loudly to get her attention and then NO! ???

    When I take Bailey to beach etc I have to clap to get for her recall or else she wont pay attention. When she is focused on me and me only she is fine ...no clapping necessary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Ooh, that sounds genius. I might do that with Dora, except with her digging problem
    I don't have any tips to give (yet!) ut does anyone know how I can tell Dora that I don't want her on the couch, by other ways than pushing her off? Cause when shes trying to jump up, I block her with my arm, but she get's very snarly and tries to bite my fingers. Though the only time she ever wants to get on is when the cat's on it. She and Jasper (the cat) are very aggro towards eachother too. I'm a bit worried. Any tips?
    Batty and Bobby (next doors cat who is always here) are very rough with one another too - nine times out of ten the cat starts it! I have a squirty bottle that shoots out a stream of water for indoors (most effective for Batty ) and I squirt both him and the cat for bickering with each other.

    I do the same thing for him doing anything he's not supposed to, like jumping on the couch or . But when he jumps at me I ignore him until he sits down... Now he jumps at the air and plonks down at my feet, it's pretty funny!

    I don't do rough play with Batty at all, I will play with him with toys though, although he's never left with any of them full time except one teddy that he sleeps with/on top of. I figure if that's how he sleeps through the night he can keep that one LOL! Oh and he has his chews as well, if he grabs something he shouldn't I growl at him and when he drops whatever he has I praise him and give him one of his chews.

    Whenever he does the wrong thing and he stops when I tell him to I give him a chance to do the right thing, by asking him to come, sit, shake or drop and reward him for doing the right thing. I'd rather stop him doing the wrong thing and encourage him to do the right thing than just punish him and not show him the right thing to do if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Batty and Bobby (next doors cat who is always here) are very rough with one another too - nine times out of ten the cat starts it! I have a squirty bottle that shoots out a stream of water for indoors (most effective for Batty ) and I squirt both him and the cat for bickering with each other.

    I do the same thing for him doing anything he's not supposed to, like jumping on the couch or . But when he jumps at me I ignore him until he sits down... Now he jumps at the air and plonks down at my feet, it's pretty funny!

    I don't do rough play with Batty at all, I will play with him with toys though, although he's never left with any of them full time except one teddy that he sleeps with/on top of. I figure if that's how he sleeps through the night he can keep that one LOL! Oh and he has his chews as well, if he grabs something he shouldn't I growl at him and when he drops whatever he has I praise him and give him one of his chews.

    Whenever he does the wrong thing and he stops when I tell him to I give him a chance to do the right thing, by asking him to come, sit, shake or drop and reward him for doing the right thing. I'd rather stop him doing the wrong thing and encourage him to do the right thing than just punish him and not show him the right thing to do if that makes sense.
    makes perfect sense

    Bailey has a floppy eared soft toy called "floppy" lol that she sleeps with. I gave it to her when she was 1 week old along with her hot water bottle with a floppy eared dog cover

    She used floppy as a comfort thing and always sucked on his ears when going to sleep. Still to this day...18 months later she sucks his ears.

    He is looking a bit worse for wear, no nose, one eye missing however surprisingly his ears are in perfect condition lol

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    The Food Circuit Exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    The "food circuit" exercise is a good one too. It teaches them to come. Here is what you do:

    You sit on a chair with a handful of treats. You say...Batty come...Batty comes you give a treat. You throw a treat on the floor about 1 metre away (make sure he sees you do this)...he goes to pick up treat and as soon as he has picked it up...say Batty come....batty comes and you give a treat......and so on and on. In no time Batty will get the picture of coming when you say so. You then make the distance you throw the treat further away when he understands what you want from him and eventually you can throw the treat a fair way and he will come when you say...Batty come You then start incorporating toys as the lure and not just treats

    Good luck (I hope you understand my explanation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    The Food Circuit Exercise
    did you try the food circuit?

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