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  1. oryza

    oryza New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm Oryza and new to this forum. I hope to learn a lot from you all and hopefully I can contribute a little bit too!

    I just got myself a new puppy (a Maltese) and though I know some of the rules, I seem to do all the wrong things.
    Minka is about 11-12 weeks old and I chase her around. Yes, blush :eek: ! I always want to catch her doing her business & put her in her potty.
    Now that I have a crate and made a play pen AND have her potty in the, ... yes, livingroom, I don't chase her around very much anymore, but ... she always runs away from me!

    How do I "reset" her brain that I won't chase her anymore?
    Minka is very intelligent and understood in 2 days where she had to go potty, even though there still have been a few accidents.

    OK, that was my first question.
    The second is : How do I see if a dog likes to please me and how do I take advantage of it to teach her things.
    She's been with us for almost three weeks now. Of course she's playing all the time. She doesn't seem eager to "please" me, though.:)
    Minka doesn't sit as easily as other dogs do. She prefers to walk backwards when I give her a treat in front of het nose and bring it above her head.
    My third question has to do with the above : I wanted to teach her to fetch a ball.
    It was so easy with our now two year old Spitz we call Poomy. He did it all by himself. Minka fetches the ball and goes playing with it somewhere else. Doesn't bring it back.
    How do I teach a puppy that "fetch" means :"bring it to me"? :)

    Well, those are the things that keep me thinking.

    Thanks in advance for your advise!

    CU!
    Oryza
     
  2. Zoom

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    Hi and welcome to the forum! Do you have pictures of your puppy?

    For the sit part anyway, line her up so that her butt is facing the wall. That way when she goes to back up, there's only so far she can go and at some point she's going to have to sit.

    Do you live somewhere with a yard or much grass? It's usually easier to get a dog housetrained if they know that outside is the place to go. Otherwise, your home becomes one big lavatory to them. It sounds like she's learned that to potty near you means bad things to her. You're going to have to untrain her of that, and the best way to do it is to start with a place that has no negative memories for her, like outside. Give treats and praise galore when she does her business outside and go nuts if she does it near you (but still outside).

    To get her to come to you, find a treat that she just can't resist, like a piece of cooked chicken. Say "Minka! Minka come!" and make it sound like there is a huge party going on over by you. When she comes over, give her the treat and praise her like crazy.
     
  3. oryza

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    Thanks Zoom,

    Well, Minka was a bit ill when we got her. She was very thin, hardly ate at all.
    She's OK now after 2 visits to the vet.
    Its Freezing outside and she already shivers when I bring her to the garage, that's why her potty is here in te living room.
    I hope to bring her outside ASAP.

    Yes :), I'll try to post a picture of Minka tomorrow and of her "potty" .

    Oryza
     
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    Hi Oryza - welcome to chazhound!
     
  5. oryza

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    Hi todpuglover,

    Nice to meet you! :)
    I'll try to post some pictures here.

    Hmmm, I'm new here. Don't know if I did it allright!
    I made the "potty a bit too large for Minka, but it fits exactly in her potty in the garden
    "oud manneke" is Minka looking like an old man.

    Oryza
     

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    Hi & welcome to Chazhound...it's really nice to have you here!:)
     
  7. oryza

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    fetch

    Hi! Thank you!
    Nice to meet 2 leggged friends to help me train a 4 legged friend ^_~

    I'll try to attach pictures again :

    hmmm, it doesn't seem to work!

    CU!
    Oryza
     

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    Welcome :)
     
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    Awwwwwwww!
     
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    First off, welcome! Glad to see you hear. Second, your pup is only about 12 weeks old, don't expect to much. I take it you don't have a child, haha! Your pup will be a pup for at least 2 years of age. She is just acting her age, don't worry too much. As for sitting, she still may be a bit young, it all depends on the dog and the dogs growth, use a firm (not mean) voice, hold the treat above your head and say sit at the same time, keep it going over her head until she sits, and then praise her like it's the best thing in the world. As for fetching balls, that's up to her personality, not all dogs are ball motivated. Let her chew, chase balls, play with toys etc for awhile. She may never be "ball motivated," and that's o.k. if she is your pet. I love ball motivated dogs for my shows. I hate a forced retreive, so please don't do that. You have a new kid, let her be a baby for awhile and don't get yourself upset over her not doing what you had in the past. Her own personality is going to come out and then you work with that, not the other way around. Hope you do well, both of you.
    Amy
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Bodhi learnt sit at about 8 weeks old. I started as soon as I got her! And she is the Sit master now ;)

    So I don't think she is too young. Just persevere. As soon as she performs the action of 'sit' - say sit, praise and a treat. Even if she just does it without asking - as her bum goes down, say 'Sit!', and then praise. She will soon put 2 and 2 together!

    I have found that repeating "sit, sit sit sit" until they do it, and then praise, is no good. Just say it once. If she doesn't perform just do something else, and then go back to it.
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Fetch...

    Just throw the toy & wait!

    If doggy brings it back near you - even if they aren't bringing it back to you - PRAISE!!

    If she runs past with the toy - as she is near - praise!

    Soon she will realise it's fun when she runs back to you with the toy.

    From there you can move on to getting her to give you the toy.

    Also, as animalbiz said, it is made easier when they understand the come command.
     
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    Tysons Mom Tyson Terrier/Poodle

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