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Old 09-17-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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I have a 6 month old lab/pit bull/chow? mix. I am having trouble with him. He is very subborn at times and will not do the things that I know he can do such as sit and even go outside. Also he is constantly grabbing anything he can find off the floor such as paper, plastic, and especially our dirty clothes. One other thing, he is pretty calm when we put him in his crate at night and when he is outside he tends to just lay around (for the most part/after a play session, of course). BUT, when he comes inside he is just a wholly terror. He rips and tears around the house, jumps up on me and my husband and "steals" anything he can find. My question is this: Are we doing something wrong OR is it just a puppy thing and he'll grow out of this?

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Old 09-17-2006, 12:05 PM   #2
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Have you taught your puppy to "drop it" when he picks up random objects? That command can be very useful. I quickly taught mine to "drop it" at around 4 months, after we had a fight over a dead bird he found in the yard. >X.x;< Really it only took him a couple days to learn it.

You may want to keep him away from places where there are a lot of things lying on the floor, to prevent him from getting in trouble. Maybe you could try tethering (leashing him to you) to keep him from running off, or maybe baby gates, or shutting doors to rooms you don't want him in.

The "ripping and tearing" around the house is a puppy thing lol... mine randomly does that and he's 8 months old. I call it "zoomies" or "puppy zooms." >^_^<

As for the not sitting etc., he's either confused, or he is possibly being rebellious. Six to eight months is a rebellious stage... it's the puppy teenage years (months lol). >@.o< What do you do when he does not sit or whatever?

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Good response from Cheetah, I agree it is vital to teach a 'give' or 'drop' command to all puppies. He isn't 'stealing', he is playing and probably trying to engage you in play with him too.

Ripping and tearing is totally normal, at six months puppies start to get very lively and playful and need less sleep. He is probably doing it indoors rather than outdoors as it is partly attention seeking behaviour. He wants to get you to play with him, no fun on his own outside with nobody to show off to. All very normal. If you know anybody with a similar age puppy or polite playful older dog set up some 'play dates' for him to burn a little of this enthusiasm.

In my experience very few six month old puppies are truly 'stubborn'. Often we make the mistake of assuming they have learned a cue, but in fact they are still confused. Dogs don't generalise well so saying 'sit' when you are standing up in the living room doesn't automatically mean the same thing to the dog as saying 'sit' when you are sitting down in the kitchen for example. Also, like most children puppies need to be motivated to learn things, and some need stronger motivation than others. If you haven't already I would join a good reward based obedience class which will help you structure your training and practice things he already knows in a high distration environment. It will also give him your undivided attention for the duration of the training, and wear him out mentally.

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Why not try keeping all things off the floor to discourage the pup from picking up anything.? I have offered this advice before and it worked especially a pup chewing on laundry etc.
Get a small choke and after a good run or brisk walk, then work on commands of sits, time outs, etc. Pet n praise for rewards, not treats. Lots of hugs only when it is a real good puppy. When naughty, teach the simple word, NO NO.!! Louder and most firm, it will learn this and look up to you to know right from wrong. Every pup must have one LEADER OR BOSS to learn respect from and receive it also. Once this is learned it will do anything to please. Dogs do not want to do wrong and be hollered at, use your pointer finger also when saying NO NO!! Look into the pups eyes and mean it. This is intimadting the pup into learning good things when u scold he will know no pet n praise, soon he will grow up to be a very well mannered adult.
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:03 PM   #5
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Personally, I don't think that you should need to intimidate a puppy to get it to respond to you. I also don't think you need a choke chain. Instead of the choke, I'd recommend using treats. This is not a bribe, you are simply teaching him that doing something for you is a good thing, instead of being punished.

All you need is supervision. Have you chased him around the house when he "stole" something off the floor? If you have that is actually encouraging the behavior.

I agree with Kaos and Cheetah on everything they have said. Lots of interaction with him and lots of supervision. I would also recommend attending a training class. They should be able to help you with the "drop it" as well as teaching him a "leave-it" command, meaning it's not yours, don't touch it, which will help eliminate the problem before it starts.

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I also would not recommend a choker, especially on a puppy. They are too easy to misuse, and you can easily cause injuries to the dog's trachea and neck.

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