Hi Shelley! Glad to see you here, great post!
Be certain that I never said that I raise my voice with Sadie. I read in one of my books that a few loud claps or something to "startle/distract" from the behavior that you disapprove of is acceptable. I freely admit to the chasing, which has only been a recent event (once she learned that I would take her fun items out of her mouth!) This is why I have asked for help. Because I know that it is getting us nowhere.
I may get frustrated, or maybe it is my use of the word discipline (I was in the Navy and sometimes use jargon or words differently than civilians. My "discipline" had been catching her, grabbing the rocks, palm fans or whatever she had in her mouth and telling her "No" in a stern voice. Sometimes just relocating her to a different area and offering a chew toy. Perhaps I should have clarified.
Anyhow, I appreciate the suggestions. I have reintroduced the leash in the backyard and it seems to be helping.
I think you have gotten a lot of great advice here. One thing I want to reiterate is the chase game. Because it is a game! My Piper just turned one in September and that is still her favorite game to play. Hide and Go Seek is a close second but chase is still number one. She has been really good for many months about chewing inappropriate things but just last week she chewed up two pairs of shoes. One belonged to my son and one to my daughter. They had gotten lax in picking up their stuff 'cause she's been so good for so long. As soon as they saw what she had done, they went to pick up their shoes, Piper beat them to it and the game of Chase was on!
I stepped in, told them to go away, told the naughty demon (in a firm, crabby voice) to Drop It!
Because she has for some reason the past couple of weeks been a pain in the tush (maybe because school has started and our schedule has changed?) she didn't listen! Gasp!
I proceeded to turn around, walk into the nearest room with a door and close it. Waited thirty seconds and opened the door. There was my demon, big, sad dark eyes with no shoes, sitting woebegone. Piper (and from what I have learned all labs) really don't want to be excluded.
So, my point being, one, don't play chase with a lab. You'll lose every time, plus you'll probably send yourself into premature labor. Second, take yourself and your belly away from her. Odds are she'll follow 'cause deep down, she really does just want to be with you! Then, while you are distracting her, send someone else in your family to pick up the offending article she had in her mouth!
Meat, Fruit, Vegetables, Bread, Plastic. Paper Products, Pine Cones, Print Servers, Feces, Wood Products, Rubber, Cotton, DVDs.
Thanks for the advice. I am no longer playing the chasing game. I have gotten a lot of good feedback on this post. It feels much better. I guess I was just worried that she would ingest something bad for her in the yard. We have been taking Sadie out on the leash, restricting her from those areas for now. Every once in a while we let her have a free 5 minutes of running around the backyard.
I have been loving on her when she does bring me her "prize" She is reluctant at times and probably only brings it to me about 50% of the time--probably have some undoing to do (I used to catch her, get the item out and place her in her crate). Overall, I am very pleased with the progress.
Yea! I am happy Sadie is doing better! Watch out, though, you know she is just trying to lull you into a false sense of security, right????