I have a Maltipoo about 4 months old, weighs under 3#'s now. I am able to have her with me at work as I live above the office (self-storage facility). She is a very social dog, goes crazy when people come by and begs for their attention. Two things, I can't seem to train her to do. First, how to get her to not get so hyper when people come by.
And, 2nd, she loves to play with me on my lap or others on their laps and likes to bite the hand/fingers when she is playing. She also will snarl and snap at those who try to move her when she is sleeping or laying quietly and doesn't want to be moved. I have tried to hold her tongue and lower jaw to stop the biting, but no results so far. Is she too young still and I just need to keep working at it?? Or is there another suggestion out there for training a Maltipoo as my discipline seems to make her think I am playing with her. .
Also, not sure this is too much of a problem, other than it kind of makes me feel bad. . She sleeps on my lap just before bed while I finish watch TV and then at the head of my bed in her own little bed at night. . . but when my 16 year old grandaughter comes over, she prefers to not only be with her but will not sleep in my room if she knows my granddaughter is in the other room and wants to go back with her to sleep on the couch with her.
I do not use any type of physical discipline (hitting) or noise items to scare. She is potty trained to a box. She still does not come to me when I call her. . does not recognize her name yet. . so am I worried about nothing. . is she still too young?? Any ideas of what I may be doing wrong??
Most puppies should have learned the basics by the age of 4 months. Thats what puppy classes are for, they practice the sits, downs, come, how to greet people and a few others. The imprinting stage is over by 4 months. In your case, it doesn't sound like you started any of that. And your puppy is unfortunelty is spoiled. The way she is handled, its really all about the puppy, shes running the show, and your letting and telling her thats how it should be by the body language you show her. Do as much research into the Nothing In Life Is For Free rules for dogs, and start training ASAP. These rules are not breed specific, but personnality specific.Although poodles are higher up in the intelligence scale, so they learn quicker then some other breeds, in your case she has learned to be pushy and the boss.