I have an 11 week old girl names Isis who is doing all the usually puppy things but she's getting better everyday. But I have 2 questions that I'm just not sure about. Help with either or both would be much appreciated!
1. I know I'm not supposed to chase her (and I haven't had to), but when we play in the yard she likes to chase me around. Is that still a no-no or is that ok for her to chase me around to tire her out? To put it into context sometimes I'll throw a toy and she wont run after it anymore, but if I go jog over to it she'll sometimes chase me and try to beat me to the toy or sometimes not care about the toy at all. Sometimes she just chases me and when I stop she just sits next to me. I just want to make sure we are not playing a game that will cause problems in the future.
2. I have a local ballpark behind my house but its fenced off from the yard, but to get her some more room for playing I like to take her to the park. Problem is she doesn't like to walk down the sidewalk the little bit that it takes to get to the park entrance. She doesn't even like to leave the driveway. You always hear of dogs pulling their owners but I have to pull on her or temp her with a toy the whole way. And the toy doesn't work either. She's fine walking on her leash in the yard or in the house so I don't think that's the issue. She acts kind of like she's scared but her tail is never between her legs. She just wants to sit down and not budge.
Thanks in advance, Jef
Not to worry....she is still a baby.
(1) Unless you are trying to teach, stay, anytime she chases after you and sits next to you, PRAISE HER! Happy Voice! Pats and tummy rubs. It will pay off in the future.
(2) She is probably fearful of going outside her home territory. Try taking treats with you, small ones to tease her into coming along with you. I wouldn't drag her though.
Exactly...just a baby.
I would turn the "chase game" into a lesson on the "come" command. When she starts chasing you, say "Isis, come" ( or here or whatever command you use to call her to you) and then praise her when she gets to you. This will pay off big time in the future.
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