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Molly began her puppy training last Monday.. she was a star if i say so myself ... beautiful 'sits' when asked..'watches' ....just need to sort out the pulling and biting my leg to 'walk'!!!!!!

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Comment by Andrea on June 28, 2012 at 10:22am

Due to ill health my husband had to take Molly for 2 weeks to training - very bad throat so could hardly talk or do much else really! anyway he reported back that everything was not too bad, the other dogs were much the same, barking inactivity from owners and general milaise from most concerned.

So I went back on Monday without a great deal of hope ( Molly is pretty good when we take her out but things do go array when anywhere near these dogs ) so expectations were not high! We were met by Alfie's ( the border terrier's)owner who has a car sticker with - border terrier on board! - well no wonder he will never have a 'baby onboard' sticker as he has about as more carisma as someone working in an embarmers - his persistant ' alfie oh alfie' was driving me mad within a couple of minutes luckily the westie had gone for a versctomy  the dog not the owner ' but there a thought' so no constant yapping - least someone up there feels sorry for me. Well onto the training... Molly liked the grass.. no she loved the grass and persisted to go along it on her side! how ever much a 'sit'ted or 'down'ed i asked she just loved that grass.. my husbands comments of i don't think that went well wasn't well received.. especially as he had that look of ' i did much better than this last week' plastered all over his face... roll on next week 'i'll show him' 

Comment by Andrea on June 6, 2012 at 5:39am

Thanks for the tips... well training last night! much better overall we felt.. Molly much keener due to the cocktail sausages now being used! we were outside again and of course we had the distraction of the horse dung to contend with - it seems to appeal to her 'french side' ( that's the poodle in her me thinks ) the french of course liking anything with an edge to it ( i take snails as my proof on this )! The growling pit bull to my left seems to have been sedated for the night as it only went for Molly twice! and the old gentleman with the westie was only complaining of losing his voice towards the end... his continual ' good boy stop barking' was only interrupted by the dog itself. We did some heel work around cones and Molly seemed much more interested than usual ( again i put this down to the sausages and not our continued work during the week ) then the dreaded words were spoken ' lets try that again without the lead'!!!! well horror i tried to explain that although we did a lot of work off the lead at home walking etc, i did feel that the time had not yet come to put this to the test with a satanic pit bull, lunatic westie and other dogs from other classes which were obviously advanced and already off the lead! 'No' the trainer was adamant that this would not be a problem - deep breath! i unhooked the lead and told her to 'stay' and 'heel' i never worked so hard to keep her with me - she was a star twice round and back and 'sit' - perfect i heard the trainer say! phew i heard myself say!!

Back for more next week!

Comment by Dona Wallerius on June 5, 2012 at 5:22pm

Classes are tough for puppies with all the distractions.  Look at it as a good class for socialization and work on everything at home that you learned.  Train in small increments.  5 minutes at time.  They bore easily.  Then when she gets to class the distractions will be minimal.  I've always been told to use little bits of hot dogs for training.  The reason being is that they absolutely love them, stay focused and they can swallow them quickly.  Regular little crunchy treats crumble on the ground and all they concentrate on are the crumbs and less on you.  Hope this helps :)

Comment by Andrea O'Brien on June 3, 2012 at 9:03pm

She sounds hilarious!!!

Comment by Andrea on June 1, 2012 at 11:53am

Wellmy husband and i both seem to have been at different classes last night... he seemed to think it went well - i on the other hand thought it was somwhat of a disaster! Molly decided that she wanted to lie down for the first 10 minutes ( I think it was due to the heat )  then bite my leg every time we did any heel work - i think it was a protest thing) the only light at the end of the tunnel was when the instructor gave me some sausage as a treat to hold - full focus and an image to behold! we could have been at crufts!!! roll on next week :) and the sausages!

Comment by Andrea on May 22, 2012 at 6:02am

Well what can i say the night didn't go to plan ( well my plan anyway! ). We had training outside unfortunately Mollie was more interested in the horse dung than in 'sitting' or practically anything else - i kept fishing the stuff out of her mouth ' very unpleasant ! I was once again surrounded by small 'yapping' dogs one owner of which was 'pleading' to his dog to be quiet force feeding it food on the basis if it was eating it couldn't bark at the same time and the other owner who seemed to be on another planet and didn't talk or seem connected with their dog in any way - so the dog barked!! constantly!! and kept propelling itself at us:( my husband came and watched ( so we are both singing off the same hynm book where training mollie is concerned ) and he observed that some owners we on their mobile phones others talking to their dogs and others seemed total disinterested in what the trainer was saying I came out of the whole hour feeling completely frazzled but determined that I would put into practice what i had been told and try and ignore the others. :/

Comment by Andrea on May 21, 2012 at 4:15am

Thanks for the great info and re-assurance - more training tonight :) ps: my husband and I have both noticed over this weekend that Mollie suddenly seems to have a calmness about her and will now lie quietly with us without her initial biting routine she used to do. :)

Comment by Dona Wallerius on May 19, 2012 at 4:25pm

Yea he's just over 12 weeks and very mouthy.  Especially if you really play rough with him.  Lately I've been yelling "Owwwww!" and it startles him and he stops.  I just repeat if necessary.  As Andrea mentioned as long as you discipline them, they will stop.  Although there are some that claim their adults are still mouthy, but I'm assuming they haven't disciplined them in that area.

Comment by Andrea O'Brien on May 19, 2012 at 8:18am

The biting and pulling and nipping pantlegs all go away after the puppy stage.  Just keep correcting and one day, all of a sudden it becomes a non-issue especially if you are spending lots of time and continuing to train.  You'll look back and almost forget the biting goofiness.  Good luck.

Comment by Andrea on May 18, 2012 at 12:36pm

Do you still have trouble with biting when you start playing with Bogey? Mollie just doesn't know when to stop!

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