Tiga's_mom Posted July 9, 2012 Report Share Posted July 9, 2012 I know there are a lot of puppy threads lately and yes, I'm going to start another. Annie is doing very well overall. We've had her for a little over a month now and she's really starting to settle into our lives. She's got a TON of energy and she's very smart. Mostly we've been letting her be a puppy but during play sessions we throw in some training. She has a very good "down" and her recall is about 80%. She's not nipping nearly as much, and in fact, very gently took treats from a toddler yesterday! She still pesters Tiga a lot, but is learning to play on her own too. She's been crating pretty well and has been behaved enough to spend more time out of the crate. My concern right now is drop it/leave it. She knows what they mean and will listen if she wants to, but most times, it's a game to her and she will run away from us if she has something she's not supposed to and refuse to give it up. If I try running away from her then she'll just stay put and chew on whatever she has. Her favorites inside are socks, underwear, shoes and plastic. Outside, it's mostly garbage, plastic, sticks and grass. I don't mind the sticks and grass so much, but I don't like that she randomly picks up trash. She doesn't eat it (yet!) but likes to hold things in her mouth and chew on them. Sometimes she'll release it if I wave a treat in front of her nose and give her the command to drop it, but the treats are getting less enticing to her every day. If I try to take it from her mouth, then she will nip me and has drawn blood. We've been doing some clicker training but it doesn't seem to be working with this. We start puppy clicker classes tonight (first class without her). She's almost 5 months old and I'm sure this is going to get worse when she starts teething. I'm just scared she's going to put something in her mouth that will harm her or that she will start eating what she's picking up. I know she's still young and I don't want to push her, but I feel this is a safety issue. Any suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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