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My puppy training is going very well with my 14 week old, Annie. But she loves it so much that she gets really excited and is having a hard time settling down to listen to new commands. She is really good at obeying the comands she knows (sit, stay, down, shake, and dance) but when I say something she doesn't know she jumps around and if I try to use my hands to show her she just gets wild. I have been trying to have her lay and then stay for a while and she does good, but as soon as I release her she goes wild again.

I am really glad she enjoys training so much and for her age she has done well, but does anyone have an idea on how to keep her more focused when learning new things?
 

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Are you using treats? If so how are you holding them? *If* your girl is obsessive about food that may be bringing out the wild child of excitement--so much so that she can't concentrate. If that is the case you need to reassess how you are holding the treats and the quality to see if you can bring the excitement down a level--maybe not even use them if you don't need them.
 

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With a young puppy you want to keep the training sessions short. Because their attention span just wont last till they get alittle older. Using training treats will help too
 

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I do use treats while training, which she loves. Also I think that is what she is most excited about is getting the treat. I keep them all in my pocket except for one that I keep in my hand. Should I keep them all in my pocket so she isn't quite as excited for them?

Also as for the length I usually keep it to 5-10 minutes max.

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Yes, try to keep the treats where she can't see them. Using them in the hand can cause a wild little pup because they are so excited for the treat. You may also try using lower value treats--ones that she likes and will work for but that doesn't have you trying to counteract the overexcitement.
 

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Okay, I will try that today. I have also thought about just using kibble for the training. I will see how that works.

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