"Lots of great insights from people much more knowledgeable and experienced than I. I can offer no insights into crate training, as we brought home our puppy at 6 months, and she already loved her crate.
But I thought that I'd just…"
"Our puppy started growling at my husband husband when he came near her when she had high value chew toys. Now, we had (and are still working on) and whole list of issues, but to get the puppy used to us being around her and high value chews, we also…"
"Thank you again to all! We met with a trainer, and on his (and your) advice Maggie is now 'working' for everything. She is also being kept on lease and tethered to us, which has has really calmed her down. And we has strategies for…"
"1. If you haven't already get pet insurance.
2. I would take her and have a complete physical by a vet including full thyroid panel. We have seen a number of doodles in rescue that have personality changes like you are describing have low…"
"I don't agree that reputable breeders don't keep puppies six months. I think that a truly reputable breeder who had a puppy who didn't sell for some reason would keep her as long as it took to find her a home. Maybe they were…"
"She is still a puppy and just started to come into her own. It has taken her a little while to adjust to your home and she needs to form her habits that are acceptable to you. Since most puppies come to you at about 8 weeks, she is…"
"I would start a "nothing in life is free" program right away. This means she "works" for anything good. She would need to do a sit/stay and wait for her dinner. She would be in a sit/stay while you walk out and…"
"It generally takes at least two weeks, and often longer, for a dog's personality and temperament to emerge after they are rehomed. After 6 months in the breeder's home, Maggie was essentially rehomed when she came to your house, so what…"
"If I am understanding this correctly, Maggie was with her breeder until she was 6 months old, at which time she came to you? And she has been with you a month? Was she in any other homes besides with the breeder during her first six months?
I posted the following on Puppy Madness and Adina suggested that I share with this group as well. I've made a few edits (in italics) based on questions posed. So here it goes:So relieved to have found this website and group (sorry for no puppy pic, they’re on my better half’s phone)! Hoping that you’re willing to share some advice. We’ve had Maggie a month and…See More
"I haven't used healing indoors as a distraction technique; we will test that out this weekend. I'd say we've been using both correction and reward in training. It sounds like we need to be even stricter.
Thank you for being so…"
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"Will she heel around distractions, while dogs or people pass by that she can see out the window? Personally I would never enforce with treats. But that's because to me 'enforce' means something you do AFTER you've…"
"Thanks! I agree with you about barking at things outside. I should have included that she barked for over 30 minutes with hardly a break as she was impossible to distract.
She's great at heeling (and didn't know how when…"