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    I did alot of research before I got her so I could understand what to expect and how to attempt to train her (sooo many different ways!) but yeah, I am starting to see it's a personal preference. I'm sure when she goes to puppy pre-school she will be better.

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    shes constantly jumping up even when I say "No!!" I try to turn away but she keeps licking/nipping my feet (not in an aggressive way) i walk away but she still does the same
    Um, you've been watching the Ian Dunbar stuff yes? Need to focus on the puppy stuff.

    "No" is attention. Puppy wants attention. You have to give it on your terms. Teach her "sit", if she jumps on you, tell her to "sit" and wait and if she does it - go to town and party like she's the cleverest dog ever.

    If she doesn't sit - try the turning away thing. Don't repeat the word "sit" over and over, wait a bit, before you say it again. Don't bother if it's clear she has no idea ie you say sit, and wait and she doesn't - three times. Then you need to go back to basics, eg the shaping and treats. Try not to lure the sit (use a treat to guide her into a sit) more than once or twice, try to get her to figure it out on her own. If you lure, all the dog learns is to follow a treat around, which looks good but doesn't get you where you need to be. You can still use a treat as a reward, but you have to get a nice sit - first before the dog spots the treat.

    Turning away and walking away can get her excited about a chase game. Need to do it slowly, and be as boring about it as possible and you may need to keep doing it until she gets the message she's going to get nothing from you until she can behave herself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katty33 View Post
    I'm sure when she goes to puppy pre-school she will be better.
    Puppy preschool won't 'fix' your pup or 'make your pup' better behaved.... It might help with socialization, and I hope it will help YOU understand her behavior better and teach YOU the beginnings of being able to translate her behavior.
    The rest is squarely UP YO YOU.... you need to decide upon, implement, and be consistent with your training and expectations. There are great posts here giving terrific advice.... And previously Hyac linked you to some awesome Ian Dunbar stuff... Take your time to go through all great info and really make a plan for yourself how you will work with your pup from here to the rest of it's life. You'll be glad you did!!!

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    I've watched a couple of Ian Dunbar videos on YouTube via my iPhone but my laptop is out of action so I cant download the videos yet. I've heard the saying "sometimes the trainer needs to be trained" - I think this applies to me! Puppy preschool will teach me I think!

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    Puppy pre-school is a start. Some are better than others, and some teachers work with some students better than others, so if you don't like day one of this puppy school - don't be afraid to find another.

    Things that would freak me out at puppy pre-school - a whole session of free play, including dogs of vastly differing sizes and forcing unwilling puppies to join in. And no practice of basic doggy manners. And no info about doggy care eg vaccinations, flea and worm management, food, treats, training and health care.

    A good puppy pre-school should give you a good idea of general puppy management and training - similar to the digital dog training text book (text not video) on the dog star daily site. Along with advice on general health care, and puppy socialisation ie how to read your dog - when is it having a good time, when are the other puppies happy and when to intervene.

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    I believe there is only one puppy school in my area, but it sounded pretty decent, the lady said all puppies must be vaccinated before you can join so that's good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter009 View Post
    If she is jumping/licking/nibbling/any other unwanted behavior tell her off for it (be sure not to give her a pat or a "good girl" afterwards or you'll just be confusing her and undoing the telling off).
    I don't quite agree with this statement. If a pup settles after you've told him off, you do need to praise him and it won't get confused. But the praise shouldn't be excited in terms that you squeek "Good puppy, yay!", it should be said calmly, with calm, quiet voice.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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