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    Hi Everyone!

    Some advice please. I'm reward training our puppy, Harper, who is 8 weeks old. He's pretty good with sit and I'm moving right on to stand and down so I have 3 moves under my belt

    I need help in getting him to stop gnawing at my fingers while I'm holding the treat and saying the command. Should I stop doing sit/down/stand all together until I teach "off"?

    Some advice would be greatly appreciated. Especially on how to teach a Lab "off"!!

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    put the treat in your fist and then display an open palm for your pup to take a treat and praise when he takes it gently.
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    I also only let him have the treat when he does take it gently. Some of this is simply excitement and lack of self control. When I got Diesel he was a big 6 month old alligator and I thought he would seriously take off my hand. He was taking treats with his front teeth - little teensy bites - in a week.
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    Thanks, Sarah & Sharon.

    two very good, simple ideas that I didn't even think of (too caught up in the excitement, I guess!)

    I'm also trying every 2nd or so "sit" command with no reward - 100% hit rate. Is it too soon to stop rewarding?
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    yep too soon.

    My girl is almost 2 and I still reward her randomly for lots of things she does. She still gets rewarded with lots of praise for every command she does and occasionally food.

    If he has it down pat with words now start incorporating a hand signal and then you can mix up training with just verbal or just hand signals or both

    Milly knows all her commands via just a hand signal or just verbal or both. I think both are equally important.
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    Cool, thanks Sarah. I thought I was being a bit cheeky with that one!
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    at 8 weeks you want to just keep reinforcing reinforcing everything you show your puppy. And the best way to keep it interesting and fun is A. with food B. lots of happy voice and praise and C. keep it short and simple so your puppy doesn't get bored and lose interest.

    I think he's doing great! Does he know his own name?

    A few other commands we taught Milly early on was to wait for her food (we say OK as a release word so she can eat dinner and brekky) watch me to get her attention on me for training and stay.

    Off is another great one too. This forum has lots of threads about how to go about teaching your puppy.

    And I found this website helpful: http://www.dogstardaily.com/training
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    Thanks, Sarah, I'm already a Dunbar fan!!! I have his books - he says everything in really plain, easy to understand language.
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    When he goes to snatch pull your hand back and say nicely and present again and again until he is gentle

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    At first Stoli would nip when receiving treats. i would just hold it in my fist and try to refocus the energy to a task. We wored on sit and down. Then shake. Now she will give a high 5 then take the treat. Its much more calm and no more nipping.
    Last edited by Boston; 11-04-2009 at 05:30 PM.

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