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Old 05-31-2014, 11:06 AM
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Puppy Problems

I just received a new puppy from a close friend of mine, her name is Sadie and she is 3 months old. She is a mix between great-dane and pit-bull. She is super shy, like overly shy towards humans. But with other dogs she is so playful. I tried to take her outside to use the bathroom and she won't budge unless I physically pick her up and take her there. With my boyfriend and I all she does is sleep, and lay there with the saddest look on her face. When our roommates dog comes around her attitude changes quickly, she becomes hyper, active, and playful. Can someone help me with some advise? I want her to love me as much as I love her
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First of all, has she been to the vet?
Second, puppies that young will have bouts of energy followed by long naps. That's pretty normal and will taper off as she gets older.

How long have you had her and how long was she with your friend?
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Ignore her, seriously it's what she wants.

As long as you know that she's pottied and she's on empty leave her loose in a puppy safe room, sit on the floor and read a book, play a game, watch tv, whatever you want, and ignore her. If you catch her looking at you toss her a very small (the size of your little fingernail) tasty treat, speak softly to her, then go back to ignoring her. If she comes to you to sniff then let her do so BUT don't reach toward her, wait to see what she'll do. If she lays down by you or sits next to you then let her smell your hand and see what she does, if she doesn't run you can try petting her a time or two before going back to ignoring her for a couple minutes before petting her again. Once she warms up to you, and she will, then try to gently play with her but be careful not to overwhelm her.

What you are doing is teaching her that you respect how she's feeling, that you are not going to overwhelm her. You're teaching her that you are a very nice person, one who gives very tasty treats and one who will give very nice pets if that's what she wants. She's a puppy, she wants companionship, and she wants physical contact, with a little time, patience, and gentleness, she'll come around!

One other bit of advice, with all puppies it's important to not scold them (I'm NOT saying you do so just that puppies will test the patience of a saint) but since yours is so very timid it's extremely important, so if you do catch yourself ever getting overly frustrated with her just leave the room and give yourself a chance to calm down.
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I hope this is the right place to put this but any way i just got a yong pup she is a chihiiahi mix from the powend and has just been spaeded how soon can i start obent trainging her and were do i start at thank you she comes to the clicker all ready i have only had for four dayes.
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