|Barked: Tue Feb 17, '09 2:57pm PST |
|Hi and thank you everyone for the advice.
I think part of the problem was that she assumed that because her new puppy Frida is so small, she couldn’t get into too much trouble, however, as I have pointed out many times, regardless of size, or bread, one should never, ever, underestimate the mischievous abilities of a bored puppy. Although she was soon to discover just how much trouble little Frida could find when she fell asleep with her and a box of Kleenex on the bed. Lets just say she awoke to a Kleenex snowstorm. Teehee. Yes I am still laughing three days later…
Thank you Annabelle that article is very good. We tried some of the other techniques although I had wondered about using the pinch technique as a last resort but given the Frida’s size, my concern would be of injuring her. Although I think one problem is consistency. The children are not interested in that side of training, and they are proving far more difficult to train than the dog.
I am encouraging her not to play unless she is doing so with a toy, although I had forgotten about Nyabones coming in small sizes. Neither my current, or previous Shepherd’s liked them, so they had slipped my mind but that is a good idea.
The play pen is also a good idea too, one problem with her size is keeping track of where she is.
Although I live in the UK, my friend lives in Virginia; I know her local Petsmart at one time had a range of very small Bully Sticks, I actually knew someone there who used to buy them for his parrot. Bol!. They almost looked like shavings, but she couldn’t find anything at her local store and no one new if they still carried them.
I’ll be speaking to her tomorrow and will pass along all the great advice; I think if she keeps things consistent everything will be fine. I’ll let you know how her training progresses.
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