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PostSubject: Puppy Training   Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:31 am

Baloo has learned and is about 90% reliable on Here, Sit, Stay(about 4 minutes so far), Down, Roll Over, Track, and Wait.
The trainers that I have talked to all say you'll never get a pup under 9 or 10 months to respond 100%. Has anyone else trained a puppy and run into this? When he doesn't respond, I stop the exercise and walk away. He loves training so I'm hoping that this is an effective response from me.
I thought I was going to luck out...he never jumped up on anyone...until Wednesday. Now he's trying that out on everyone he meets! Soooo, that's our next project.

I haven't been able to find a suitable puppy class. The two that I did find do not want a rambunctious Rottie pup in their ranks, as the other pups of the same age in the class would be so much smaller. I did not take this into consideration at the beginning of my search! Anyway, the Obedience Club I belong to has 2 other members with pups of the same age and size, so we're going to do our own class as we all have the same goal...socialization. We're all hoping to find a couple more, but 3 is better than none.

Both of the puppy class instructors told me the same thing. They won't take a pup that's not fully immunized, but they want to start the larger breeds at about 10 weeks. They can't possibly be fully immunized at that age. Baloo has only had 3 Parvo vaccs and will be getting one more, then a titer. He will be almost 5 months before he is fully immunized, and he's on time. Our vet is not concerned about him starting classes with only 3 Parvo vaccs because it is Winter, and it's highly unlikely that any pup has come into contact with Parvo. Summertime would be different.

To say he's keeping me busy would be a gross understatement, but I'm looking at it like this...he will probably be the only puppy I'll ever own, so I'm having fun with him!
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PostSubject: Re: Puppy Training   Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:40 pm

I would say that you are WELL AHEAD of the curve with Baloo. Being 90% reliable at his young age is GR-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ate. {in my best Tony-the-Tiger voice}

As long as you can keep it fun for him, he will only continue to get better and better.

I think you have the correct ideas and goals. Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Puppy Training   Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:56 pm

Sounds like you are doing just wonderful with Baloo! I've always been so impressed by how fast he's caught on with training! There are people who've had their dogs for years and still don't have commands even 90% reliable:rofl: So I'm sure he'll be great once his attention span widens!

Hope that you find a good class for him though, and I think working with other puppy owners is a great idea, the main thing is to get the socialization done.

Well great job and keep us posted Grin

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PostSubject: Re: Puppy Training   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:04 pm

sounds like you are doing an awesome job! nicely done! cheers
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