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Ultimate Puppy Program

Ultimate Puppy Program

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  1. Tara Fears

    We are still working on “by my side” and a little bit of spoon heeling” – my question is, what do I do when I go on walks besides the short periods of training? Am I sabotaging the training I’m doing when my family takes our puppy on a walk and she pulls?

    1. Steffi Trott

      Yes, definitely. You need to let her walking skill determine the length of the walk. If for now she can do by my side and spoon heeling for maybe 5-10 minutes without too much pulling, then this is how long she should be allowed to walk. Every time she gets to pull and gets to continue walking, she actually gets reinforced for the pulling. When your family takes her for a walk, do they take treats along? Would she walk better if they could reward her for staying next to them?

      1. Tara Fears

        When we go on a family walk, I take treats with me and do “by my side” While we walk – maybe our walks are too long for her because she will be good for a few minutes. But then she gets too excited and wants to play with the kids and pulls to try to get to them. But she will play for a bit and then come back into position for another treat. I’ve been rewarding her for coming back into position, but this keeps repeating for the duration of our walk. Should I be doing something differently?

        1. Steffi Trott

          So it sounds like you are building a behavior chain here – pull to the kids, play with them, come back for a cookie, pull to the kids …
          In general, walking with kids is very exciting for puppies. They are fun and loud and move fast – and the puppy wants to be part of the fun 🙂 I would tone it down to a level at which she can be successful. Eg, maybe just walk with the kids first without the puppy – so that they can play and run and wrestle – and then you go and get the puppy and have a little more quiet walk during which she can be successful 🙂

  2. Joe and Venae Warner

    We are doing okay with a lot of the techniques you have taught, but I am still having a problem with our dog lunging at me, then biting me. I can get him to sit down, after he lunges, but not before. He is growing quickly, already 28lbs. and I am small, 98 lbs and its a problem for that solid weight to come at me. Help.

    1. Steffi Trott

      Just so I understand – this happens during your walks? Or still at home, during playtime etc.? I know you were having problems with the biting around the house as well. Can you send me a video so I have a better idea of what that lunging and biting looks like?

      1. Joe and Venae Warner

        yes as soon as I can….

      2. Joe and Venae Warner

        yes as soon as I can….he does it when I am sitting on the couch. He does not do that to my husband. I try to stand up and avoid him, then he stops, but does it again when I sit down.

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