Aspiring doberman puppy breeder.
Very funny, indeed.Busted there haha, thought it would be more helpful
I think it's probably easier if you just own it - and then you have more credibility or integrity - even if we don't necessarily agree with what you wrote. We've got a bit of leeway with allowing people to plug their own websites. Mostly I reckon an occasional post in context is ok. Only posting to plug your website (unless it's in the market place section) not so good.
I'm dealing with my first ever puppy, currently 10.5 weeks old british bulldog. Hardest things so far is toilet training (yes I let her sleep in the bed too, its easier to stop her crying and then if she needs to wee I just place her on the indoor tray), she will wee on the tray only if I'm there because she knows she gets a treat, but when I'm at work its a free for all and for some reason she refuses to poo on the tray even if I place her there.
Puppy mad biting when she gets excited is also hard so I've resorted to a quick spray with the water bottle that freaked her so much the first time you only have to show her the bottle now to make her stop.
Being wonderful and sitting perfectly at home then disgracing me at puppy preschool by pretending I don't exist when called and that she has no recollection of what sit means :P
Other hardest thing is having my partner turn around after we've only had her for 2.5 weeks and asked why she isn't completely trained yet like all the obedient dogs we've seen at the shows? I pointed out that most of them were at least 2 years old and she might just need a bit more time *sigh*
Ah - the habitat fail. First you teach the sit - in a small familiar space with no distractions, and then you add changes one by one. in a different room, in another different room, out the back, out the front, at someone else's house. On the footpath (every kerb). ask for sit when you're sitting, when you're standing. when you're making dinner, when you're lying on the floor...Being wonderful and sitting perfectly at home then disgracing me at puppy preschool by pretending I don't exist when called and that she has no recollection of what sit means :P
and gradually change it up so you're not asking for a sit when you have a treat in your hand but they're in a cup or bowl out of reach, then in reach Play IYC (its yer choice) - cover treats if dog tries to steal - reward if she pretends they're not there or at least stops trying to steal - play this game in many different places too.
Ie once she's got the new trick right - start changing things - one distraction or change of place (habitat) or excitement level eg when you first get home. (change one thing at a time), start building duration (sit in front of dinner is best for this)... one second at a time...
And she is a puppy. Pay attention to what she finds most distracting and you can use this for "proofing" - tho you might have to start far away from the distraction. The distraction might be the bowl of rewards... in different places and distances and availability...
At the moment the distraction is 'OMG another puppy... Woo play time!!!'
Getting 'puppy brain' - forgetting everything you know from your previous pups and going into panic mode at the first sign of a loose bowel movement !
The honestly hardest thing is getting up and going to work when puppy just wants you to stay home and play I want to stay home too!
I would have to agree with some other commenters on here that toilet training is the hardest - especially when you live in freezing temps- had to go outside and wait until my puppy has finished its business
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