My 8 weeks old lab/shepard mix will sit her play pin and just cry and yelp! i'm trying to ignore her but it just goes on and on. she wont play with her toys while in there and just wants to come into bed with me... WHAT CAN I DO!
ignore her. It is hard, and can get on your nerves, but they do settle down. Put in another room so she doesn't see you, and then when she gets used to her pen, then you can bring her into the room you are in. She is just a baby, and has not been alone. it takes time, and it is scary being alone.
I am assuming by play pen, you mean and actual childs play pen. I would suggest an x-pen. They are metal wire similar to a crate. You can then put a top on it, when they are in a square. It works great for climbers.
By saying shepherd/lab mix, is it a german shepherd. If so they are thinking dogs, and can figure out how to get in/out of a situation. Originally (I believe) to herd, german shepherds learn quickly, and sometimes that can be a bad thing. Labs are also a smart breed. They can definatly try your patience (as can most puppies), but tend to want what they want.
your puppy is still very young, and will take months of consistant training. alot of times you will think you are getting no where, and then it will click. Try to think like the puppy and fix all ways out of a situation. That way if they try and fail, they don't try again.
Classic puppy behavior. Try putting her in the playpen for only a couple if minutes at a time. BEFORE SHE STARTS to whine, take her out and play for a few minutes. (Don't play with her while she is IN the playpen) Your goal is to make her comfortable for very short burst of time at first. You may even have to only leave her in there for a few SECONDS at first. This will take some time and effort but it will pay off big soon enough. Take the time now before she really starts to through fits. Be patient. You may be surprised at how quickly this might work. Just do the exact same thing every time you put her in, your manner, what you say to her, etc. Always remain calm. The more excited YOU are the more excited she will be. Never vary from the WAY in which you handle this and you will have faster results. Happy training,
"Every dog is capable of greatness" "Learned Behavior ~ Smarter Dogs"tm
ok well I have been looking into getting one of the metal ones but just cant afford one at the moment. but I appreciate all the great advice! I'm so happy I found this site cause its nice to know i can get my questions answered ( and i have a lot!)
1) my 3 year old collie (55lbs) is trying to hump her and is playing too tough with her.. what should i do?
Is your collie neutered? If so then he is probably trying to establish dominance. I would get a spray bottle and fill with water, or water and vinager. Everytime he does this, spray him and say "no". As far as the playing rough, it is to be excepted just becuase of size difference. Just intervene when it gets about out of hand. I have found that when things get crazy here, I just say "(name) easy", and they tend to back down a bit. I have never trained the word per say, they just seem to get it.
If you purchase a shock collar for barking, you don't have to do anything. When the dog barks the collar will shock him, you are not in control.
When he makes a noise, the collar will shock, and that is when you say quiet. After he has stopping making noise, praise and say good quiet. Maybe even a treat.
The problem is the dog is getting attention when he makes noise. In my opinion, I would ignore him, and after he is completely quiet then make a fuss. He will soon learn he gets attention when he is quiet, not when he makes noise. Good luck