|Barked: Wed Nov 7, '12 6:44pm PST |
You are at a difficult age right now, where puppies will typically press each other a bit and see how can out muscle who. Nothing bad, nothing aggressive, there is just a lot of shouldering, herding, intruding and so on. It's just a part of growing up.
It is something you need to get a handle on NOW, however, and also don't want the Tzus to have a bad association, or worse, for him to start to get his jollies bullying them.
You probably should long line him. You could just go to the store and get one of those very long (20-30 foot) training leads if you want, as it is useful for training anyway. Just clip it on and let him drag it. You are doing this as, being long, it is very easy to simply step on (or pick up) when he is getting too rough, being too intrusive or so on from a distance away. Say "that's enough!" and then redirect him to you, have him do a couple of commands (assuming he might now sit by now?) for a treat. Just break that cycle. Longlines and puppies are a great partnership They are very spazzy brained and can quickly move from one thought to the next, so if you simply stop them from completing the action and then redirect them positively....so that they have something to do when they are stopped....it's very helpful.
Secondly....and I really don't know how you are raising your pup or manage the Tzus, so I am just free forming for you here (feel free to advise what is viable and not), let them have treat time together. He is to sit and he is to go last. That's not an alpha thing , but rather that he has to be patient and let something go on with the others first and hold his place. Then he gets his treat.
Thirdly, if you don't live alone, try to have someone else interact with the Tzus....play with them, love on them with an exited voice, have them follow them and so on...while you treat your pup, work on focus building while they are buzzing about.
PB puppies are typically quite precocious and learn pretty rock solid obedience early. The more you train the more interplay you will have, so I am not sure how advanced you are in working with him, but he's exploring his world right now, so it is definitely time to start.
His energy is really going to amp around nine months old or so. Getting a mat and teaching a "go to place" command has proven exceptionally useful with this breed when they get too rambunctious.
He was weaned a little early, likely was not corrected by his littermates enough, so he has less boundaries. Be patient, guide him, and interrupt his actions so that upset doesn't brew between him and the Tzus.
Hope that helps! Any q's, please feel free to ask!
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