"he has that look in his eyes, ya know, the one that he thinks were going to smack him, how do i get that to stop."
Why would he get that look? Do you hit your dog? If you do, then stop. Dog's do not learn by being hit. Positive reenforcement works waaaay better, the only thing you're doing to your dog by hitting him is making him hand shy and afraid of you. What could your puppy be doing so wrong that you'd hit him, he is a puppy. How sad that when you try to interact with him you see fear in his eyes.
obediance training with a diffrent person WILL NOT work with my puppy. if he gets out of their yard, he'll run, and i dont want that person feeling guilty for making my dog run away. good suggestion though, any others?
Please read my article on this board titled Puppy Training 101.
Anger has no place whatsoever in dog training. It is detrimental to your trust relationship with the dog, and it will IMPEDE your training. Losing your temper with a puppy is never the right thing to do. He is only a puppy, he can only act as his doggy brain tells him to. It's up to you to gently SHOW him what is expected, and to help him do so, and to reward him when he does.
Socialization AWAY FROM YOUR HOME is IMPERITIVE to the proper devlopment of your puppy's personality. This should be happening several times per week.
The class suggestion is a VERY good one.
Can you tell us what situations you are having with the pup that are so frustrating you feel you must strike him, or lose your temper?
If you can, I may be able to offer you some other alternatives.
lollipop, obedience training in a place such as petsmart. They do training in an enclosed pen. Your dog will not get away.
It sounds to me like youre making excuses, no offense. Maybe you should become more patient and work with your dog everyday 4 or 5 times for 15 minutes each time. Your dog can sense it if you are being impatient with him or angry at him. Calm down and make training fun..like a game. And sign him up for obedience. It's not in someone's backyard. He won't get away.
I agree with Acey...it seems like you're making excuses. Dog trainers have facilities that make it impossible for your dog to "run away."
I have a basenji, and, believe me, if he got a chance to run away, he'd take it. The obedience training we participated in was in a huge room...no chance for escape, especially since he was on a leash the whole time.
You dont want you dog to go away from home because "you'll miss him". C'mon now. Is he neutered?? If not, you should get him neutered...he'll be easier to train and more focused.
And BTW, you would be WITH your dog at training classes at PetCo. It's the trainer teaching you how to train your dog as well as helping train your dog. So you would be there...you wouldn't miss him. Okay, now whats your excuse?
ok acey now your just makin me mad, I dont have an excuse now, fine ill take him, are you happy, yes he is neutered, but petco/petsmart has toys, treats and other animals. aka distractions!!! he is very easily distracted and has a short attention span, its very hard to get his attention. How would i teach him in petco/petsmart if he has a short attention span. clickers/whistles dont work, if u dont believe me ask anybody who has helped me train him!
You have missed the socialization window with your dog, but you can still get good value from some training HELP which you desperately need.
It is SIMPLE to teach a dog attention.
Start with a piece of food. Show the food to the dog, bring it up so the dog looks at your face. As he is looking at your face, say his name with a smile, and give him the treat.
Do this several times.
Then show him that you have a piece of food in both hands, and just stand there.
Say nothing. Ignore any bumping nudging or nibbling of youro hands. Just stand quietly and keep an eye on the dog. Eventually he will look up at your face. When he does, BINGO! SMILE, praise, give the food, pet him and love him up, and in general tell him what a gooood boy he is. Get more treats, show him they are in your hands again, and do the same thing.
Guaranteed he will look at your face faster this time.
Now you have done what is called "shaping a behavior". Once the dog learns that looking at your face gets him a treat, then you can begin to shape the behavior in different directions. It all depends on your timing and how and what you reward.
Choose a key word, such as YES!! to use as a marker for your dog so he knows that when he hears you say YES!! with a big smile, he has hit the jackpot.
Then start shaping your attention. Shape for longer looks. (ignore looks that are not as long as you want, or offer smiles and verbal encouragement only...QUICKLY say YES!! with a smile, and reward looks that are slightly longer...work for longer looks).
Shape for looking when you say his name.
You get the picture. This works with MANY different behaviors. This is the way sea mammals are trained. It works if you work it, but you have to be kind, consistent, and train on a regular basis.
no i do not have anger management issues, i tried food what seems like a bazillion times and he only responds when i have food. its hard, cuz im only 16, and im not really experianced in dog training, but my mom wants me to be so i want to learn.