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Old 06-01-2013, 07:40 PM
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First Puppy Class - ow! but good

The first class tonight was with one other pup that Cobber and I had already met, so I thought it'd be a good experience. Overall, I think it went well. Cobber and I had already worked out "sit" and "down," and we also did things like touch-and-mark and name recognition. All went well till we did an exercise where I was supposed to take hold of Cobber's collar, not hard, just putting a finger under it so he gets used to that. Well, he went ballistic and even though I'd mentioned mouthing as a problem, the teachers were a little surprised by how quickly the situation devolved to Cobber latching onto one hand, and when I got him off, he snapped at the other and got me better than he ever has. I was bleeding for the next half an hour out of that thumb.

So then they realized what I was dealing with and tied Cobber's leash to a post, had me step on his leash instead of using my hand on the leash, and stand up if he mouthed me at all. I ended up walking away with my back to Cobber at least once, which worked really well. I will need to make sure we always do a session where I can tie or loop his leash onto something, like the red light/green light someone here had suggested. I forget all this when we're out walking and there's nothing available to tie him to. I will make a point of not being in that situation whenever possible.
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Ouch! Glad you found something that's working though!
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ouch hope your ok, glad they have seen what you are dealing with and helping you find ways to fix it! ive been nipped but not bitten yet thankfully
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Interesting! Sounds like your trainers are pretty good.
Did they say why they thought Cobber was biting so hard?
Is it play or some sort of reactivity to restraint?
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Interesting! Sounds like your trainers are pretty good.
Did they say why they thought Cobber was biting so hard?
Is it play or some sort of reactivity to restraint?
They didn't really say anything beyond acknowledging the problem and saying "with a situation like yours..." then showing me how to move out of reach to take away the "fun" or excitement Cobber seems to have latching onto me. They also told me consistency is key, and that this will probably get worse before it gets better. Yay.

But at least they didn't seem shocked or have an "omg, you have a BITER" sort of reaction to what happened. I got the impression they've seen other puppies just like Cobber, so just the fact that they didn't pull me aside and say, "Wow, you have a real problem here!" made me feel better.

It's tough, though, when so much of the training at this stage seems to be directly connected to my hands coming in contact with the pup. We tried some of the moves again this morning, and he did great. I think his meltdown during class last night had a lot to do with how we'd already been doing commands for 25 minutes, he had had a lot of treats, done a lot of good work, and suddenly didn't want to behave but I kept trying to get him to. Very much like a tired, cranky toddler.
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Sounds awesome... everything you said, from how the trainers worked with you to your analysis of the meltdown. It all seems spot on to me from here!

And it is also good to get corroboration on this advice (comment 20)
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Are u going to Petco or smart? Or a actual trainer?


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Are u going to Petco or smart? Or a actual trainer?
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This class is at PETCO. I'm also trying to get him into one offered by a private trainer I know.

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