deadlywarbler Posted February 11, 2014 Report Share Posted February 11, 2014 My 15 week old BC pup has been a real dream come true and in some regards a real challenge. I anticipated the difficulty of puppyhood well in advance, but she manages to find ways to challenge me unexpectedly. Where she excels is in early training, crate training and potty training (thank god for that!) She went through a brief period where she was very sweet and manageable but now has returned to being rather difficult. I will admit I can be a little obsessive about training worry, but for all my efforts (and there are many!) I don't feel like I am getting the results appropriate for her age. I met with a friend who owns her little mate recently and was quite discouraged to find that he was far better trained that mine was. He would wait in doorways, recognized invisible lines and generally was far better behaved. His owner takes a more dominance based approach with him. This conflicted with my goal of using the positive reinforcement approach since she appeared to be getting such better results. I have made some significant headway on things like biting/chewing with the reward method. Lately she has become quite pushy and some evenings is a non-stop terror from about 5pm to 11pm when I have to crate her. Some evenings she's wonderful. A friend told me she thought my pup has started to get a sense that she's in charge (or that she should begin to assume that role because she's not getting that from me). I'm not sure how much I buy that, but I can see where she's coming from. So my question is, what are your opinions on these approaches? I am so interested in establishing a positive relationship with the pup so she enjoys the work and play we do. I would like to have a bit more control over her, but I am not really willing to "dominate" her through harshness. Any help would be most appreciated! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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