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6 month old puppy behavior

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by brian1976, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. brian1976

    brian1976 Puppy

    I have a 6 month old rescue. we have had him for a month. I take him for a 25 minute walk everyday and he is always outside in my back yard. he is constantly eating sticks and grass and when I tell him no he runs away. does not listen when I tell him to come. he also will spend times where he walks around the house grabbing every little thing he can find. i tell him no but he runs away and i have to grab him for his safety. what am i doing wrong? is this a phase that he will grow out of? oh he also barks like crazy when he sees someone outside even when i am shaking things and telling him to come in with treats. i am getting very frustrated
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  2. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Your post title kinda sums this up- this is 6 month old puppy behaviour! It's pretty much just how they are naturally at that age, so don't feel like something is wrong. You can help him grow out of it though, with some training.

    I'd say start with teaching him to pay attention to you- that's the foundation of everything else you need to teach him. A good simple way to do this is train him to respond to his name. Start inside, in a boring room with not much going on. Call his name, and if he looks at you or comes over, toss him a treat. Do this for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day.

    You can also add that practice in throughout your day. Carry some treats or his kibble with you, and just randomly ask for his attention, and if you get it, reward him. It will take a while, you'll have to practice this a lot, but what you're trying to do is make yourself more interesting than sticks, leaves, socks, etc. Right now, all those other things are way more interesting than you to him, but if you work on this, he'll start to see you as the source of great stuff!

    You might also want to look into training classes in your area, for more advanced stuff, or look at videos online. Even training him to do tricks can really increase your bond and his attention to you. Good luck! He's young, and he's only been with you for a little while, so be patient with him and yourself.

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  3. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    Normal puppy behavior.
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  4. GK1

    GK1 Little Dog

    Order, or check out a copy of the Koehler method of dog training from your local library, or maybe you can find some of it posted on line. A decent 6’ foot leash, and a 3mm chain training collar. Many ways to train a dog. But I think Koehler is a good start to lay the foundation of leadership and bonding. If you don’t do it now, pup will only get harder to handle with maturity. Good luck.
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    probably dont want him off leash if you cant watch him 100% of the time. people recommended nylabone soupers to me. they are not ideal but i really rhink they helped us with teddy. look for a few things for your yard like the extreme holee roller, goughnuts or jolly balls, etc. you still need to watch the pup with this stuff. can you make a dog run or a line so you can make sure there is no debris if you let him outside for a little while?

    also, 25 min. walk is very little for this breed. maybe it is good for a 6 mo. old. im not experienced with puppies. do you play tug? you can train him with tug too.

    teddy was just like you described for at least 6 months+. nylabones and kongs helped a lot. be cateful if you keep him leashed because teddy ate two leather leashes.

    teddy is still barking if he sees someone outside...we are working on it.

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