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This is a discussion on Puppy Nipping...Playful vs. Not Playful within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Tess (and others) has given you excellent advice. I just wanted to emphasize some points on the rewards--like Tess said, keep praise/pet slowly/calmly--if you were ...

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Old 11-19-2013, 10:37 AM
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Tess (and others) has given you excellent advice.

I just wanted to emphasize some points on the rewards--like Tess said, keep praise/pet slowly/calmly--if you were to "praise and pet her like crazy" or to the effect of what your father said, you'll get her amped up. Petting them in general gets them excited because we are using our "paws" which to a puppy often means play time.

Re: food rewards, don't give up on them! The kibble suggestion is great, especially since she's just a pup and you have her on LID for health reasons. Different rewards have different values, so it's good to have a variety on hand. Also, keep them small--you don't have to buy them small like the Milkbone Minis, you can break them up. Think of them like "pieces of information," and if they have to chew/crunch on them they're probably too big. Do you know what Zukes are? I don't even give my adult dogs those whole during training! I break them in 2-3 pieces. The only time I give any treat out whole is when I'm giving them out "just because."

Also, a note on the Milkbones, if you've chosen a special diet for health reasons, look for the same qualities in the treats you are giving her (ie certain/lack thereof ingredients, dyes, preservatives, etc.) (Otherwise, you'll be adding back in what you've been trying to take out.) Biscuits in general are fairly low value in most training situations, and they take up more belly space because most (at least with grains) expand. This thread will give you an idea of options for treats, just make sure she's still eating majority puppy food and not filling up on these: https://www.dogforum.com/dog-food/wha...raining-26952/ and https://www.dogforum.com/dog-food/wha...t-shelf-47114/

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One more thing about the grunting-since she's associating you picking her up with playing, it's probably better to not pick her up at all when you play. Reserve it for cuddling time and her reaction might change itself for you.

Tess and others have given lots of excellent advice, as usual
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I guess I was thinking that playing really hard/fast was letting her get "worn out" and tired after being in her crate for most the morning/afternoon. I understand now that isn't necessary and she is going to sleep a lot regardless because she's a baby, not a miniature dog. Once again, the humans are getting trained right along with the dog!
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Better to let her expend her energy outside with you in the yard, or in vigorous play on her own, rather than getting her all wound up by interacting with you.

If you can get her into a puppy socializing class, where she can play with another puppy, that is ideal. Just make sure it is a 100% positive class, no yanking or spanking!
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Getting outside and running around a lot is a tough one! Where I live we have some of the highest snowfall in the country and are under the white stuff for 9 months out of the year, typically. She's going to have to learn to love snow! Today is a sunny day, and she was enjoying the snow for the first time. Usually she's just tired of it and wants to get her business done and go inside. Today she wanted to catch snowflakes!
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