Maryellen wrote:have the children feed her too. do NILIF with everything for her.since you dont know her background, you dont know what her environment was before she came to you, she could have had resource guarding prior to your house.
reprimanding her would be a stern NO GROWL, a neck scruff, it all depends on what you are comfortable with.
before you introduce toys again, make sure she sits to eat , sits to greet, etc.. if she doesnt sit for food she doesnt eat. it might take her 2 times, but she will learn really fast. also start teaching her the wait command, so that you practice putting her bowl down slowly, and say wait, and wait, and get to the point she will sit and wait while your son puts her bowl down, and she cant eat until he says ok..
for the toy issue, it all depends on how comfortable you feel with this part. you can have your son hold chicken pieces in his hand. give her a toy. then, give her a piece of chicken, and take the toy. repeat.. have you do it. give chicken, take toy, repeat. if she growls ,, reprimand, take toy away and put it away out of sight and reachfor her.. some dogs learn quickly that if they give up a valuable item, they get a MORE valuable item instead..
go to http://www.k9deb.com she has some awesome stuff for NILIF and resource guarding issues
since you are moving , wait on the group obedience training, and make sure you bring her to group classes, this way she is more socialized around other dogs and people too.
work with her at home, teaching sit, stay, come, walk nice on a leash, down, stuff like that.. keep her mind busy too..
Maryellen wrote:good post abull., i didnt think of it that way.. yes, you are right!
mnp13 wrote:At the same time, I feel that NILIF is a little harsh for a puppy with little training. Dogs have to learn to play, and they do that when they are young.
Obviously it's hard for a puppy to focus, so I'm wondering if there are resources out there specifically for young puppy NILIF.
mnp13 wrote:I guess I don't think it is 'right' for puppies because if the pup doesn't know sit, then how does it understand the behavior well enough to know that it should sit before eating, playing, etc.
They need foundation beforehand so the understand that the rewards are not for the behaviors specifically but for the waiting for permission. I'm not sure how to express what I mean, so does that make sense?
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