Jinx the genius?! Toilet training, 'Sit,' 'Stay,' and 'Shake" at 10 weeks!
Thought I'd post while someone is curled up asleep in my lap...
I've had Jinx for 2 1/2 weeks now. She's 10 1/2 weeks. She's half griffon and this is my first dog. I work at a pet store so I obviously have experience with puppies, just not with training them.
We waited for a few days so she could settle in before we started teaching her tricks, though she's a very outgoing dog and settled in very quickly.
It took just over a day of repeating 'sit' until she understood what was expected of her. I was such a proud parent! We used small training treats and stroked her body pressing lightly on backside until she realized she should sit down. It didn't take near as long as I thought it would. She can now also 'shake' hands by placing her paw on my hand.
Is it normal for puppies to pick this stuff up so quickly?! I thought this would be a nightmare! The more recent training includes "stay" while shes sitting down which is also going well.
The only hiccups would be the fact that she is very easily distracted, so if there is a distraction in the room it is harder to get her to obey.
As for toilet training I am using absorbent training pads in her play pen. She uses them MOST of the time. I expected that toilet training would be the hardest thing, and I was right, although it is not an absolute nightmare.. If she needs to pee/poop she will go into her play pen and use the pad. Sometimes she likes using her bed instead... And I will quickly move her to the pad to continue. She tends to continue pooping if I move her, but if I move her mid-pee she will stop and not go again for a while.
We are also playing with her in our back yard a lot... But she hasn't peed at all outside! My plan at the moment is to move her pads outside once she is better at using them.
It is quite obvious when she needs to go. She will start sniffing around etc or if she is sleeping on my bed (which she can (but doesn't like) jumping off) she will start barking to get someone's attention so they can let her down. Very few accidents so far so I'm stoked!
Anyone else finding trick training easier than they thought??
I think that 8-12 weeks is a time period when they're 'primed' to learn tricks, the tricks that I taught Scootaloo at that age (sit, down, high-five, kiss, woof, spin) have stuck with her and she does them 100% no matter what even if she knows there's no treat. As for the other dozens of tricks I've taught her since then, not so much!
Distraction is still and will probably always be an issue for her, too! That and cold surfaces...she doesn't like to sit or lie down on anything that isn't carpet or grass, the diva!
As for housetraining...well, totally different story. It was at about 7 months that she finally stopped having accidents!
Keep it up. An iron will, the patience of a saint, and endless treat bags will bring you much success in the future!
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, till the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
We also found a very eager to learn pup in our puggy. The distractability is something to work on, you can deliberately train during a distraction - but make sure you reward very well if you do (and, she's very young, their ability to focus grows as they age too)
Do you have a socialisation class or a regular doggy play group for her?