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Old 11-05-2007, 11:22 AM   #1
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I admit it, I'm a showoff with my Puppy.

I went to the shopping centre with her and everyone crowded around....it was great.

I totally love her. She is such hard work right now but so worth it. I can't wait for her to be behaving well.

I just don't know how I'll give her up in the end (she is a guide dog puppy and needs to be given to a blind person when she is old enough).

http://sirona.fotopic.net/c1391289.html <<<pics of Poppy and info.

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How do you stop mouthing?
How soon does the puppy know that tugging the lead is no use (if you stop every time they tug)?
How do you stop clingyness? She is a confident girl but if I go upstairs (where she isn't allowed) for even 10 minutes she cries and whines.

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She is making a very close bond with you. You need to start with basic Obedience so she knows all the commands such as Sit, Down, Come here, Stay, Heel, etc.
Make sure she is used to a collar on her neck before starting to lead. She must understand that your the leader or u could quickly loose control in public of the pet.
I never give treats, but pet n praise but that is your option. Make her always sit before leaving out the door while u put on a jacket or coat. Procede on if she pulls, I always go back to sit. Use hand signals also since your going to be training for the blind will help some now. If she starts to pull go up and make a circle and go in other direction back to heel at your left knee. Make her sit. She needs to learn patience also.
Procede with training and I often with my big dogs use a step at a time forward, if it does not pull we got more steps. Stop, sit and praise the puppy. Keep doing this and try to keep her attention in your right hand hold a toy or treat up so she looks at you and waits for another command. This is some later after mastering heeling. Do not make sessions longer than ten minutes as puppies attention span is highly short. Good luck and so sorry you must give her up but it is just super cool that u would take this on for you to train and prepare a puppy for a person to continue advanced training for a blind person. Many more should be like you honey. God Bless You......
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:09 PM   #3
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She is making a very close bond with youYou need to start with basic Obedience so she knows all the commands such as SitDownCome hereStayHeeletc
Thanks for your advice.

She knows "sit". and when she gets her food its "sit.....wait" then I blow a whistle three times before she gets the food. Guide dogs stipulate this.

She comes when she is called I say "come" then wait for her to be coming to me before I say "Poppy come".

She doesn't know down yet or stay...they are coming soon.

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I admit it, I'm a showoff with my Puppy.

I went to the shopping centre with her and everyone crowded around....it was great.

I totally love her. She is such hard work right now but so worth it. I can't wait for her to be behaving well.

Questions:

How do you stop mouthing?
How soon does the puppy know that tugging the lead is no use (if you stop every time they tug)?
How do you stop clingyness? She is a confident girl but if I go upstairs (where she isn't allowed) for even 10 minutes she cries and whines.

Dawn
Well I can see why you are a showoff! I bet Poppy makes people stop and stare she is so cute!
Soo....you had a couple questions so maybe some of the stuff here will help ya!
How to: Stop puppy biting / nipping
Stopping And Standing Still To Stop Pulling
How to: Ease separation anxiety in dogs

Good luck and let us know how things are going!
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