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BTW the breeder said her temperament is that she should be pretty easy to handle, and train. Also she is very confident and high energy level. she never showed me any submissve behaviour, when she is in an unfamiliar place she tends to follow me around but thats it after she's use to it she wants to run off.
And she doesn't greet me when i get home...i think...
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She's young. It takes time. Bear just started greeting me at the door a week ago and what really happens, is he's off in wonderland (normally salivating over what DH is cooking) and when I open the door, his little head pops up and he thinks really hard if its worth greeting me or if he'll miss a morsel.

Bear didn't "fetch" for probably 6-8 weeks and we worked hard on training it. We started small with rolling a ball a few feet away and praising and treating when he brought it back. And if he ignored the ball, then the game was over because I wasn't going to get the ball. Lol!!


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Don't expect too much too soon - they need time to learn who they are and what's expected of them - they are all little individuals and some take longer to learn than others.

You are not going to have a perfect retrieving / obedience machine especially in the early days. It's all been said before but it really is about patience and consistency (remember as young pups they also have short attention spans for training)

Remember, at 8 weeks, she could still be with her brothers and sisters and the play is all rough and tumble (and yes, biting). They would be learning how much biting hurts from each other.

The puppy stage doesn't seem to last long because they grow so quick so enjoy it while you can. I don't think you have a rogue dog on your hands that will terrorise you or your neighbours.




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Please keep us updated - every little advance that you make together is worth celebrating.

And I'm sure it will get easier - it's early days for both of you


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Shes getting bettwr and responding to NO! yay
But she still whines and pulls on a leash.
How do i train her on a leash? Not to pull and to heel? Is it too early tp do that now?


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[QUOTE=uknowk3;1877280]Shes getting bettwr and responding to NO! yay
But she still whines and pulls on a leash.
How do i train her on a leash? Not to pull and to heel? Is it too early tp do that now?


Don't think your going to solve all problems in a week .... your going to overwhelm yourself and the dog .... when training.... dogs will loose interest and ignore you at times.... look at the long haul.... not short term ! baby steps before you can trot and longer to run the distance !!!!! remember to keep the training fun and interesting .... there is NO auto learn button and like children they will learn at their own pace ... !!!! breathe in through your nose let it out through you mouth .... LOL ....

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Dog obedience classes are a great place to start - 4 or 5 classes might be enough to get you both started - it'll also help you socialise her with other dogs.

The great thing about classes are you get face to face advice and you get to speak to other people going through exactly what you are (you will also see that yours probably isn't the worst behaved or slowest to learn). I started classes with Billy at week 12 - phone around speak to friends and find a good class


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You've gotten tons of great advice here, so I only want to add one little thing:

My dog LOVES ice and has since he was young because my husband and I would give him ice cubes when he started loosing his baby teeth (approx. 4-5 months I think). It helps soothe their aching gums. You could also freeze her toys/treats so they're nice and cold for her.

And it took Buddy almost a year to choose to come up and lay on my lap. He was an aloof little puppy too but they grow out of it I promise!

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