Control around people and/or distractions

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I have a few things i'd like to address while Dakota is still small and young.  I think one of the only benefits of getting her from a shelter is that she is so used to people and animals, she loves EVERYONE.  She wants to play, and get pets, and run around with everyone/anything that moves.  I have taught her to sit before she gets attention, and it's something she does every time.  She will go over to someone, sit down, and then she gets her pets.  But my question is she goes running full speed, and if she's on the leash, she'll pull and pull until she has a hard time breathing.  How can I correct this behavior?  I know her intentions are good, and right now it's extremely cute, but as she grows, it may not be so cute for a full grown dobe to go barreling full speed at someone walking past the house lol

Also, if she does not obey a command, i've seen a few people say they just shut off until she does it.  Is that what I should be doing?  What about around other people, or when there's distractions for her?  At 14 weeks, am I expecting too much to have her listen to all of my commands when she's distracted?  If not, how do I get her attention better?  She listens almost flawlessly in the house, or when there's no one around.  Here's an example, we had my sister in law, her boyfriend, and their kid over for the night.  While she was still listening pretty good, there was times that she was just blatantly ignoring us.  So am I simply expecting too much at her age, and because of how good she does with no one around, or is there something different I should be doing.  When she's highly distracted, like chasing a butterfuly, or trying to find a mushroom she smells, I will have to tell her to leave it, spin her around, (very gently... I just kinda nudge her away from it) and then she'll follow me off with a heel command.  I've worked in the house with her, calling her name, and the second she looks at me (which is immediate) she gets a treat, or praise.  Once we get outside with all the fun stuff happening, it takes a little more to get her attention.  Am I not being fun enough, or again, am I just expecting too much from a baby?

Thanks guys, and sorry for the long posts, I just try to be as thorough as possible.

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No problem with long posts detailing the situation and asking for help. You may be asking a bit much for a 14 week old puppy. You have acomplished far more with her than many even attempt. Remember at that age they have a very short time span, sort of like a two year old baby.

Keep working with her, just remember that they have very short attention spans at this age, so outside distractions will lure her away. She is an age where almost everything she encounters outside is new and is to be enjoyed.

To keep her from pulling on the leash too hard, try the turn around technique. Simple turn around when she starts getting ahead of you and go the other way. Eventually she will discover that there is no benefit to surging forward and that you are in charge.

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It's ok to be strict. And indeed, 99% of puppy training is keeping the puppy's attention.

You want her to grow up obedient. So when you give commands you should follow through, even at a young age. But she needs to be a puppy too. So I like to give puppies short sudden training 'sessions' throughout the day, ending with "OK," so they know it's time to run off and be a puppy until you hear me call again.

Puppies have to be puppies and dogs have to be dogs, but they still always have to listen.

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thanks guys.  Rgreen, that's exactly what I do when walking normally, I'll just keep that going when there's people or something else around.   She has learned so quickly, I think at times I "forget" that she's just a baby.  She loves walking around the yard, smelling, tasting, touching, basically getting into anything and everything.  And like mentioned, it's all new, fun, and exciting!

And Alpha, that's pretty much what I do.  We do very short training sessions, about 1-3 minutes depending on what we're diong.  I also try to keep her doing new things, and try to work in different areas all the time.  Once I get her attention, she keeps it well, it's getting it that's sometimes hard while she's running around playing.  In an area where we have lots of bears and other dangerous animals, the come command needs to be listened to quickly.  After we're done training, I'll tell her "free" and let her do her thing while keeping an eye on her.  After a walk, i'll have her sit, take off the leash, and same thing, tell her free.  So now after that, when she's out playing in the yard, if I call her, and she doesn't come, should I "turn off"?  Should I just stand there till she does come?  Or should I just let her be and do her thing since we already did the training and she's had enough.  If I call her, she will sometimes just ignore me fully.  In that situation, what do I do to get her attention, or how do I correct that?  

Like I said, my main concern is bears, since Dakota is absolutely fearless and will go after anything.  She almost never leaves my sight, my brother in law was surprised the other night when we were having a fire and she was off leash, and I told him that she won't go much past the patio unless I get up and start walking with her.  When things are not happening, she will drop what she's doing and come instantly.  I guess part of being a puppy is being distracted, and exploring new things.  I need to keep in the back of my mind, "Puppy, short attention span, lots of fun stuff to see/do".

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just wanted to say she's so much better with this, again this was important because of the amount of bears we have.  she will now drop what she's doing when I call her, I'm so proud of her progress!  Now if I could just get her to stop going after the mushrooms lol

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Dear KevinK

Do you hire out?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nQRscytwcA

here's a video this morning of her eating mushrooms, and booking it over when I called.  So proud!  All of a sudden a few days ago, she just started dropping what she was doing and comning over, and listening in general outside.  O, and she's up to 21 lbs, she was 19 at the vet on saturday!

 

   

 

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That's one remarkable pup you  have there!!  I love how you only had to call her once...

And hey, she's really growing...I see a big difference from the last post...

P.S. Nice jammies... my hubby has a pair just like 'em 

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yea, these videos are all taken before work and not really planned out lol.  was taken with my cell phone, I saw her eating mushrooms and figured i'd give it a try.

she's almost double the size she was when we got her, growing very quickly.  We were laying down last night watching tv, and I was looking at her and thinking how long she's getting.

 I try to never repeat commands, that's one of my biggest things with her... I'm still nervous at night, with the animals.  There's no street lights by me, so you can see as far as your light on the house goes and that's about it.  I wear a headlamp with red led's in it, it doesn't throw much light, but makes things glow from 100 yards away (like a bears eyes lol ) When we hear something, and she perks up and the ears go back, with that cute lil grumble, it's time to go inside!  A bear would be bad, but also skunks, and coyotes...