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Old 10-02-2011, 03:59 PM
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Hi Tess,

I gave the shavings a go with the lead and he just ended up rolling in it/ eating it/ laying on it. I had a change of mind with that idea.

With regards to the behaviour, I can see him being playful at times but he takes a real liking to my oldest brother (10) and loves to chase his feet and bite his feet and ankles which is a concern. If he's going to grow Out of this I can be careful when they are together, how ever if this would escalate when woody (pup) gets older I have a problem!

I'm going to try and sleep in my bedroom tonight leaving woody down stairs but leaving the door open so I can hear when he wants the toilet! we'll see how this goes.

Been thinking about having doggy training. Do you think it's worth while?
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Welcome to owning a puppy....

Dogs have to be trained, they don't just grow out of things. You need to work on giving him something else to do when he gets to this threshold. Like I believe I mentioned before, beagles need a job. You should really look into different things that will allow him to use his nose and start now.
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Have you any suggestions what 'jobs' as you put it I can make him do?
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Have you any suggestions what 'jobs' as you put it I can make him do?
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for starters: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...tracking-4508/



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Yes scent tracking is great for beagles. You can do simple tasks in your home using food and toys.
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I gave the shavings a go with the lead and he just ended up rolling in it/ eating it/ laying on it. I had a change of mind with that idea.
Yeah, sometimes puppies have other ideas! If he is used to going potty on grass, then the shavings probably won't attract him for that purpose. Puppies get very "trained" with regards to potty and its hard to change their minds... thus the importance of getting them into habits that work for humans!

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With regards to the behaviour, I can see him being playful at times but he takes a real liking to my oldest brother (10) and loves to chase his feet and bite his feet and ankles which is a concern. If he's going to grow Out of this I can be careful when they are together, how ever if this would escalate when woody (pup) gets older I have a problem!
This is very normal for puppies! They love feet and pant cuffs and so forth! This is largely a management issue for now. If he goes wild, the thing to do is to reduce the stimulation by not moving! Puppies and kids are actually not that good of a combination, as kids have a hard time not being stimulating to a puppy's instincts! If puppy is in one of these feet biting frenzies, just pick him up and put him behind a baby gate, or out in the garden on his own, etc.... basically separate him from feet and legs until he calms down! Corrections or any sort of punishment in these instances is not likely to work, but rather might get him more excited.


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I'm going to try and sleep in my bedroom tonight leaving woody down stairs but leaving the door open so I can hear when he wants the toilet! we'll see how this goes.

Been thinking about having doggy training. Do you think it's worth while?
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Training is great. I'd go for something very positive, like this..

kikopup's Channel - YouTube

Steer clear of any puppy classes that teach leash "corrections" (quick jerks on the leash) or other physical discipline.

And the idea of doing scent work is a wonderful way to keep pup busy and get him tired out!

A tired puppy is a well behaved puppy! Its normal for puppies to be quite unmanageable at times! Get puppy out and redirect him to a toy or ball and run off that energy! Sometimes puppies get "over tired" like a small child, and go wild just before falling asleep. Telling the difference between over tired and under-exercised is an acquired skill! In either case, a good play session outside, followed by a nap is probably the right thing!
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One good tactic for dealing with "out of control puppy" is to teach a "sit" word, like kikopup shows you. Make this a very positive thing, with treat rewards. Once puppy has the "sit" mastered, you can ask for "sit" anytime puppy is being "naughty" (such as biting pant cuffs!). You yourself, need to get super calm and ask for the sit in a calm, happy voice. Puppy will take a few moments to come out of his pant biting frenzy, but eventually, if you are not being otherwise stimulating, he'll get the idea. Always be ready with a treat to reinforce the behavior you like! After many repetitions, puppy will get faster and faster at coming out of the frenzy and doing the sit for a reward.

Remember, puppy is still a baby, and as such does not have much self control, although a lot of energy! Patience and understanding will pay off in the long run! He will mature and get better self control and ability to concentrate!
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You know puppy has mastered "sit" when he offers a sit to you voluntarily. Reward that! Puppies love to find out that they can do things which get their owners to reward them! This can be a pivotal moment for a puppy in his learning. It makes him more willing to try stuff to see how you react!
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You know puppy has mastered "sit" when he offers a sit to you voluntarily. Reward that! Puppies love to find out that they can do things which get their owners to reward them! This can be a pivotal moment for a puppy in his learning. It makes him more willing to try stuff to see how you react!
I was reading the thread when I came to this. It made me think of my dog.. if you have something she wants, she'll not only sit, but start going through all of her tricks including "sit," "down," "paw," and "spin". She looks like a little crazy maniac

When she does that though, she doesn't get a treat until she does something on command. I can't reward her for offering up every single behavior she knows whilst stalking our dinner. She only gets her own treats for something I've asked her to do and in a setting that is appropriate.. NILF in our house (Nothing In Life is Free). Sam has to work for all treats, food, etc.

So while I agree with rewarding the "sit" if she does it voluntarily, always consider carefully the context. If the dog is sitting pretty because she wants something you have that she's not allowed to have, that isn't necessarily a time to reward a behavior.. this can quickly lead to begging and barking down the road.

Instead, re-direct with a treat (let the dog smell the treat, but don't give -- this takes her attention off whatever you've got that she can't have) which the dog CAN have, and then ask for a behavior like sit. Then reward

But if the dog comes up to you and sits nicely in front of you with no begging involved, definitely reward that! I keep treats everywhere in the house for rewarding excellent puppy manners, haha.
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What your describing is lack of stimulus control. Stim control is taught later. The reason your dog does a rollodex of behavior is because theres no stim control or you've created a behavior chain...

Its perfectly ok to capture sit whenever it happens. There are just more steps

Also asking for a behavior after a bunch of unwanted ones IS rewarding the unasked for behavior. So is bribing/ luring the dog with a treat The chance to perform is a reward so you've been teaching your dog to do it all this time. You've created a behavior chain.

Google behavior chain and stimulus control and read up. It will all make sense
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