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Old 06-23-2014, 01:19 PM
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Hello! New to the puppy world!

Hey all, my husband and I just adopted a (almost) 4 month old Malese-Pomeranian puppy- Milo. He is very lovable, playful, and oh so adorable... I have never owned my own puppy before, so I have joined in hope to get some tips and tricks on training.
He is proving to be stuck in is ways- his prior home he had no training, or obedience. I believe he lived -slept, ate, piddled n poo'd all in the same space I expected some accidents, but I thought at 4 months he would be mostly house broken, turns out all he has learned is bad habits. He has even went in his own bed a few times- and that is what has me the most concerned. He is showing signs of defiance- runs away like a game when we want him to come, will no longer all the sudden go for walks (lays down and will not budge unless it is back to home) He does not seem very interested in treats, aside from hot dogs- which I did use tiny bits as a treat for training him to sit- actually did well!
So, that is our story thus far! I am excited to learn more about this forum and figuring out how to navigate around! Tina
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Welcome Congrats on your new addition!

You will probably get more advice if you post your questions in the Training and Behaviour section of the forum. There are also quite a few helpful stickies you can find there.

It's been a while since I've had to potty train so I can't really offer any advice other than trying to keep him on a schedule and praise heavily when he does potty in the right place. I'm sure with some consistency he'll get the hang of it.

As far as wanting to be chased, it's not an act of defiance but a game that many dogs like to play, including my own. What worked for me was not to chase after him and instead try to grab his attention or ignore him so he would want to come to me. Once he came I would reward him.

Also, not wanting to go on walks is also normal puppy behaviour. He is probably overwhelmed/scared. Take things slow, let him go as far as he wants and go back if he wants and he should slowly build up his confidence.
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Hi and welcome to a great forum !!
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Welcome! You will get so much helpful advice here!
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Welcome! It would be helpful to you (and your puppy) if you learned more about puppy and dog behavior. Dogs aren't defiant or spiteful or trying to be dominant over humans. Dogs are opportunistic predators- they do what gets them what they want in the moment. The secret to training and living with dogs is to make what you want the dog to do rewarding enough to be what they also want to do.

For example, being chased is an awesome, fun game! But if you reward her with yummy treats every time your dog recalls instead of running away, your dog will be willing to recall every time.

dogstardaily.com has great free downloads for new puppy owners. You should take advantage of them. On youtube, kikopup and zak george have fantastic videos on all the basics, like come, sit, stay, etc. Of course, we're here, too.
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