Some vids of Sophie's class, and crate training

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http://youtu.be/o66IRAdXH5g

http://youtu.be/WjIghAlTOuc

http://youtu.be/H3R-MUAnh6E

http://youtu.be/iEMsaC5iPXs

 

Last night she played a little more than last week. She is just so wild right now, we started her on a Gentle Leader, she & I will have our first walk this morning with it. Is the crying and fussing in the crate normal, or is she dying!! I'm so worried, I'm going to damage her mentally. Our trainer said I was holding too tight and needed to be more disciplined with her. her. Advice please!! Really worried about my baby, I don't want her to think I don't love her!! A worried Ang

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Ang -- they test you just like kids test you.  Steve went through this banshee stage, I swear.  He was 100% fine in his crate up until about 8 months then we'd put him in and the WAILING the TANTRUMS the GET-ME-OUT-NOW!!

It goes away.  Just stay firm with your routine.  Last night, guess who marched himself to bed after I wouldn't get off the couch?  Steve.  Even though he can snuggle on the bed sometimes now, he went to his kennel, grunted, and fell promptly asleep.


Has your trainer suggested that you get off the chair and walk around the room so it gets her out of her corner?  I've had that work for shyer dogs to realize its not so bad to get out and about.  Loved the videos.

Don't forget smart = manipulative.  :)  You are doing a great job with Soph.

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Angie---I love the videos.  Sophie's demeanor reminds me so much of how Ziva was when she was that age.  You can tell by her body language (tail totally 'glued down' to her behind, and her constant looking to you for approval) that she is 100% bonded with you---you are far more interesting to her than those other dogs were, and that's not a bad thing at all.  I could tell that she was a little shy around the other pups, and didn't quite know how to react with them, but shy and scared are too totally different things---she did NOT appear to be scared at all.  A scared dog will try to back as far away from the other dogs as possible, and if approached by an unwanted friend, will growl, snarl, or try to get away.  Sophie shows that she is taking this social hour one step at a time, which can play to your favor in the long run.  You want her to be more in tune to YOU than anything else, even the urge to run off and play with other dogs, if she is going to be your service dog.  Sophie looks to me ---the totally untrained eye--- to have exactly the personality she needs to be a great service dog.  But, she's still a baby and will go through those baby behaviors that can be so frustrating at times.  Give her time, she'll end up being the perfect service dog.  I just know it.

BTW, I am quite impressed with the class setting.  Big and spacious.  The area we did our puppy class in was a 15' x 15' square in the middle of the Petsmart store!

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Jesh & Paul, Thank y'all so much for the re-affirmations! I'm trying so hard to do the right thing for both Sophie and me. The Gentle Leader is a Godsend,  our walk this morning, led into this evening, we both had a great time. She played with Sister, the Wire Haired Terrier, from up the street, they had a ball. I brought her in, wiped her down, let her drink, and into the crate. She has quieted down now, been in there about 45 minutes. I got the laundry and the dishes done today, and even ate my breakfast slow!! Oh this has to work, I'm not giving up, I just want her to know I still love her, even though she's being crated and can't pull me to China on her leash. The vids were from my IPhone, we forgot the camera yesterday. Our trainer just wants us to stay seated and not praise Sophie for hanging out with us. It seems like she really likes to play, just a little unsure, Nancy said she needs to build some self confidence. Oh uh, hear goes the  wailing again, she's super mad, I'm just ignoring her. I hope you all know that I am not trying to be short on comments , I'm just really trying to focus on Sophie right now. Love  you all!! Soph & Ang

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Glad to hear that the Gentle Leader is working for you both.  I've used them, and LOVE them, but Ziva doesn't.  The whole time she has it on, she's totally focused on getting it off her face.  I've seen people at Petsmart go through line and purchase a Gentle Leader and immediately put in on their dog, and the dog doesn't give it a second thought at all.  In fact, most of the dogs that were in our Intermediate class wore Gentle Leaders, but Ziva spent the whole time it was on her rubbing her face with her paws, or trying to rub her face on the floor, or on my knees---it really just annoyed the heck out of her.  I have used them on other dogs of mine in the past (dobermans and other dogs, too) and they are the greatest thing for stopping that pulling action.  Just be careful and not give her too much leash while she's wearing it, because if she has a long length of leash and decides to bolt after something, it could cause neck injuries.  A short leash and a Gentle Leader make for a much easier time walking a dog that likes to pull you around.  Glad you and Sophie are enjoying your walks now.

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Great videos, when I played the one in the crate both my kids perked right up.  lol

As far as the crate training goes keep the crate that you are going to put her in when you leave in the part of the house you spend most of your time together.  So she doesnt feel completely left out.  If you crate her at night I prefer to put the crate next to the bed so that they don't feel alone as well...some people will disagree with this.  Another thing you can try is give her something special for when she goes into the crate...a peanut butter kong, bully stick etc. and only give it to her in the crate.  When she is throwing a fit, ignore her don't even look at her and only let her out if she is quite.  She might only be quite for a few seconds.  Also, you can attach a long line to the crate and when she gets really crazy give it a good tug but don't let her see that it is you doing it.  She will link her freak outs to her bed moving.

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Oh Angie, she's such a sweetheart!  I think she did just fine with the other dogs.  She just needed a little time to size up the situation.  Then she did the proper puppy meet and greet. 

We used the Gentle Leader as well, and I agree, it was a godsend.  But she had the same reaction to it as Ziva did.  If we walked and it was "training" time and she was focused, it was ok.  I've since gone to a prong for training time.  She's not as good as with the Gentle Leader, but she's beginning to get into the "I can't HEEAARRR you" stage too (10 months old yesterday).  Make sure you watch the video that comes with the GL, it's got good fitting advice, etc.  I'm so glad you can get out and enjoy good walks with the little punkin!

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Thank y'all sweets!!! We are LOVIN' our walks, she has seem to accept the GL. Even fell asleep with it on in the backseat yesterday. The crate...not so much, cries the whole time,{1 hour increments.} Then when I let her out, she wants to jump on me, that's the only time she ever jumps up, it hurts too! Ugg, I hate the crate!!! Still trying to mouth and chew on our hands, we can't seem to stop that, she has swollen gums, so I know she's teething. We meet with our service dog trainer the first time next Saturday. He's new to us, as our other SD trainer only did seizure and diabetic alert. Kevin does those as well as mobility, and that's what I really need now. Here's a link to his site. Thank y'all again for being here for me, it means more than you know!! Love y'all. Soph & Ang