I have a problem with my new little pup. I have a wonderful Cocker/Lab mix that i adopted from the shelter about a month ago. His mother died when he was 2 weeks old and he was hand raised by the shelter workers since then. I got him when he was 8 weeks old and he's about 13 weeks now.
We've started puppy kindergarten, I've read every dog training book my local library has and I watch The Dog Whisper religiously. I've taken from each of these useful tips and ways to interact with and train my new puppy.
The training is going fairly well (he's great with sit, down, and wait) What I'm having trouble with is walking and biting. He loves to play in the yard. He'll stay on the leash for pottying, but he will not go for a walk. As soon as we're 1/2 a block from our house he just lays down and refuses to move. I've tried food...this didn't work so well....it just taught him to walk until he gets the reward then lay down again. I tried some of Cesar's methods ...a gentle tug up on his lead...just keep walking, etc...this isn't working either.
The other problem is with biting. When he's playing and mouthing he responds well to a "yelp" from me and withdrawl of attention, this has decreased his accidental biting quite a bit. The problem comes when I'm trying to get him to stop biting the leash or to drop a piece of mulch or some other item he picks up on the sidewalk. He'll sometimes snip at me. The weird thing is I can take his food, his toys, even my shoes, etc away without a problem...it's just the leash and his "finds" when he's out. I tried picking him up by the scruff of his neck (like a mother dog), but he just squeels and struggles. I know I'm doing it right...although he's MY first puppy -- I grew up with dogs and cats my whole life. So I can't figure out why he doesn't become submissive when I do this.
I just wondered if because he's hand raised if Oreo didn't learn some very important "dog lessons" that mother dogs teach their pups. He also wasn't raised with his whole litter....the litter was split up between several shelter workers to make their feeding schedules managable.
So my question is ....will Cesar's techniques work on a hand raised puppy? Is there anything different I should be doing to train Oreo because he was hand raised? Or are these things that will start working themselves out as we continue training and he gets older?
thanks for reading if you made it this far. Sorry to be so long winded. Any help would be appreciated.
You have to remember Ceasar works with some pretty messed up dogs. At least these are most of the cases selected for T.V. His techniques sometimes are not appropriate in certain situations. Or should I say the techniques we see him use on T.V.
First thing I see is you can teach the dog with much less conflict. Taking things from the dog they do not want to give up by using force is going to confirm the dogs fear. He is losing what he wants. with the leash, I use 2 methods for getting them to stop biting it. 1 is I use 2 leashes. when they grab one, I drop it and grab the other. This only works if the dog likes to tug with you via leash. If the dog is happy holding the leash without you holding it. this will not work. Then I go to plan 2....I use a chain leash. This is not so fun to hold. If you prefer a regular leash you can put buttons or studs in it.
As for the mulch and other things. I tell my dogs YUCK! and trade for a piece of food. then soon the dog will understand you yuck means drop it. I use a different command for "out" during games like fetch. I do this because I usually play with 2 toys of the same. like 2 tennis balls or 2 identical tug toys. So when the dog "outs" I immediatly give the other toy. This way the dog fears dropping thier toys in fear of losing them.
as for the sniping....I think the methods above will curb this greatly. But I do other things. One is I control all the food, and all the toys. This is way to also let the dog your in control without having a fight with them.
When it does happen, and I am going to scold them for it. I best be prepared to win the fight at all costs. This I do not like to do. Because it really removes all my options except fighting with them. once engaged in a power struggle, if I give up, guess who wins. This would be like when the dog panics and screams, at this point I would not release the dog, comfort them or the like. I would keep on em' maybe not grabbing them but I would keep telling them to be quiet and knock it off. They are not getting any sympathy. If I stop the dog just learned panicing works. I want them to learn stopping what ever they are doing is the means to an end.
This type of behavior is a bit hard to treat via interent because I cannot see how bad it is. Some dogs are serious about it, some are full of it. when they are full of it. I just say knock it off, and ignore, when it's serious...I have to employ more direct methods. The one thing you have going for you, is the dog is young and still very pliable in personality.
One thing I would caution against with this particular situation do not let the dogs history, which is unfortunate, manipulate you in to letting things slide or treating them different in respects to training than any other dog. When you are having moments of affection you can let these feelings out. But This dog is capable just as any other as being a well behaved family pet.
No free rides. She may have missed some important things that mama or the litter mates should have taught her, but she has to learn them anyway.
I do not think these things are rooted in pack relationship. I think the problems you are having are rooted in survival and protecting resources. Some of the most submissive dogs protect thier possessions the most. The squeeling is a sure sign of submission, the dog is screaming mercy!
So, if you can get the dog to not fear losing things, I think this will cure most of your problems. The dog is also young. At this point in life, they would not be very concerened with rank. They are to small. If they did get power, They have no means to protect it. We usually see dogs come into thier own after sexual maturity. Thier are few exceptions to this rule. But they are minimal in the dog population.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
Teaching a puppy to come on command is a very difficult but important task. I found this video on youtube and was just wondering if anyone here had any thoughts or additional suggestions? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIr-sJ0PTis