by Hundmutter on 15 July 2019 - 15:07
PS If he goes for you when you try to pick up a tug or whatever that he seems to have lost interest in because he has already 'won' it ...that's not lack of interest, that's a feint ! If he'd walked off and didn't bother about you picking it up, THAT would indicate he doesn't care about it any longer. I think this pup sounds bright. [And not in the least robotic !]
Perhaps you could try keeping going and not letting him win so quickly as you are used to doing ?
by Dorka94 on 17 July 2019 - 05:07
No way i am giving up on this little guy. Whatever he will turn out to be,he is my boy and i will go to hell and back for him. No matter if he will turn out to be only a pet (which i doubt strongly).
I keep on going with him, food is still life but we are making progress. I started to realise where i went wrong at the beginning bc we had our first mini protection work session. He doesnt show much interest in prey but plenty for the decoy. The problem with me trying to put him on prey more is that its a 2 man job. If i have his prey, he wont fight me, but fights everyone else.
In a few days of letting him chase my other dogs when playing ball, we got to the point where when i let him get it by "accident", he carries it around, if hes in a good mood, he even chasey it by himself.
I guess after all i still need to put more energy into this pupper.
I also realised it was a long time ago i had a pup this small so i checked my footage from before and got shocked.
My boy is a giant. My prevoius mal at 10weeks was around 6kgs, this guy is already 8 and he is not fat at all,when i pet him, i can feel his hip, see his ribs. The thing is, he gets tired easy because he is big
by Hundmutter on 17 July 2019 - 06:07
NOW you are 'getting it' ! The size of him has obviously conned you into thinking that he is maturing faster than he actually is. Remember, he is still very much a baby at only 'weeks' old, he's nowhere near the 'full package'. And you are right, he's probably tiring a little quicker than a lighter one might. And you are also correct in that training wthout a decoy when you know you really need a second person there is almost always frought with those sort of difficulties. [Plus he's awful little to be doing 'protection work' mock-ups, even 'miniature' ones, IMO - dunno what the others think on that ?].
Anyway, I do wish you joy of him; as you say, however he turns out in the end ! Have fun. Keep coming back here to let us know how he is doing. And everybody always wants to see pics posted !
by Dorka94 on 17 July 2019 - 08:07
He is 10 and a half weeks old, so baby protection work is more of teaching him to grab and hold on to things, learning to use his drives, being confident, building behaviour which we will work with later on. Far from the adult thing, but still, its the beginning of everything. Bark, chase, bite, pull, protect :D
But i am soo happy, this morning he was going after his ball, played some tug :D not the carzy mal way, more like a normal pupper, but its still progress.
I am cutting back on spoiling him and letting him have easy access to comforti g things, making him face more challenges slowly and since he got his 3rd shot, city socialization starts from today :D
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