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    redsfan214 is offline Junior Member
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    DefaultHello all. newbie here with just a few basic questions....

    Hello all,

    My wife and I have recently got our first puppy together. She is a 8 week old chocolate lab named Bailey. She is a wonderful and energetic puppy. I just have some general questions for all of you veteran dog owners so I can prepare myself and not get discourgaed by me expecting too much from her at a young age. My wife and I both started every so often working with Bailey with basic commands. Our first goal was to teach Bailey how to sit. After a few attempts and by giving her praise and a treat each time she sat when told, Bailey had sit down pat with a few sessions. I thought this training a puppy thing was easy!!!!! Our next goal is to teach her to stay when told. This step has been much more difficult. She will sit some, but once you get a little further than normal she breaks and comes running. We both understand she is still young and learning, but she seems to not listen once she breaks. She is amazed by everything and sometimes won't listen when we call her name as she explores. My wife and I both understand she is still learning about the world, but we just want to make sure we aren't doing anything wrong. We also want to make sure we are not expecting too much our of her. At what age should she be old enough to hold a focus and obey basic commands other than sit?

    In the short time we have had her, she has brought my wife and I a lot of laughs and we love playing with her. We just want to make sure that we train her well enough that when she is grown/older that we have a well behaved dog and not a dog the runs wilds and answers/listens to no one. Thank you all!!!!

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    I highly recommend puppy classes, they are ment for young pups that do not have all their shots. They allow a safe place for socialization and training. And definitely read up on socialization, it is VERY important. But you have to balance socialization with health (as the puppy doesn't have all their shots until 14-16 weeks).

    Stay is a hard one. Sounds like you are asking too much too soon. Start with moving half an inch, for 1 second, then go back and praise. When she gets that regularly, then step an inch away, go back and praise. Go slow. If she is breaking the stay it means you have gone too far or are making her wait too long. Remember she is a baby and has ZERO attention span to begin with.

    there is no age, you can start with down, touch, look, etc. right now.

    Hopefully you are crate training as well! it is very important.
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    I think "stay" is too tough for an 8 week old puppy.

    Immediate focus should be on potty and crate training and then basic commands like "sit" and "lie down". "Leave-it" is very important for a young dog to learn and listen to reliably. You also are going to have to acclimate her to being on a leash and ultimately walk with a loose leash.

    I'd second Tanya's recommendation for puppy classes. Great socialization opportunity for the puppy and for you and you will learn lots about how to train your baby. Please find one that uses positive training methods. Good luck.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Thanks all. She is defiantly being socialized. Our neighbors all have dogs and she loves playing with them and our neighbors themselves. Thank you for easing my mind that 8 weeks is too young for the stay command. We both figured it was, but just wanted to ease our mind by someone else telling us that

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    Socialisation is not just about dogs. Make sure they are all up to date on their shots and friendly before letting them play.

    Socialisation is about new places, sounds, feels, sights, etc. I highly recommend reading up on it in detail. Here is just one article: http://www.google.ca/url?q=http://ww...KRu2zzsL5Axo2g


    Puppy Training Socialisation & Classes what to do and how to get it right.

    Socialization

    Puppy Socialisation Checklist

    What Makes A Good Puppy Class? By Dr. Ian Dunbar | Dog Star Daily

    Socialization With People | Dog Star Daily
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Thanks!

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    I recommend "leave it or drop it" as a very important command for a Lab. This makes playing fetch much more enjoyable for the person throwing the ball, safer for a child who might try to play catch with your dog some time and in case of the dog getting something they should n't have in their mouth. This was relatively easy to teach our puppy and was the best command we ever taught him, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrogers View Post
    I recommend "leave it or drop it" as a very important command for a Lab. This makes playing fetch much more enjoyable for the person throwing the ball, safer for a child who might try to play catch with your dog some time and in case of the dog getting something they should n't have in their mouth. This was relatively easy to teach our puppy and was the best command we ever taught him, IMO.
    I'd differentiate between those 2 commands. One is about letting go of something that is already in the mouth. The other is about not touching something to begin with.

    A solid "leave it" will prevent a dog from ingesting something potentially dangerous or that you just don't want them to have. That's a pretty critical tool for managing your dog.

    I taught "leave it" and "take it" as everyday commands when I feed my dogs. They both have to sit, stay and, following a "leave it" command, wait for permission once their food is put down. I tell them "take it" after 10 seconds or so. Partially this is done to develop self control and partially I do it to ingrain the "leave it". I can drop a piece of bacon on the floor and tell them to leave it, and they will not touch it. If you drop something dangerous on the floor, like a human medicine tablet, you want them to instantly heed your direction.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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