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Too much to soon ?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by rachel57, Aug 10, 2009.


  1. rachel57

    rachel57 PetForums Junior

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    How quick do dogs learn ? our 8 week old puppy is already understanding fetch ,by fetching the ball and bringing it back !We have not realy trained him to do this yet as was trying basics like 'sit' . As we were playing with him throwing the ball he just did it on his own accord!We gave him a treat and asked to fetch it again and he did! then gave praise .He's sitting when asked ,getting toilet-house trained and bringing back the ball is this too much to soon i wonder if learning all of this to soon is going to confuse him .Should we reinforce this or take it one step at a time ?
     
  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Reinforce it.

    Nothing wrong with teaching a few things at a time. If he is naturally exhibiting a behaviour you like, then exploit this fact.

    Some dogs pick up things really quickly.
     
  3. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Nope, not too much too soon!
     
  4. rona

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    They are like little sponges at this age, taking so much in. try and encourage learning at this stage and when he hits his teenage stage, hopefully you won't have too much trouble :)
     
  5. shazalhasa

    shazalhasa PetForums VIP

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    Puppies at this age are like little sponges for learning, they take everything in ;)
    We had our 2nd lhasa at 8 weeks old and by 10 weeks old she could do all of the tricks that the oldest one could do and was dry through the night.

    I've got to say in all honesty, the oldest dog took a bit longer to train but he was the best role model ever for the 2nd dog. She followed everything he did, everytime he went to the loo, she followed him, everytime he was doing a trick for a treat, she did it too :D, gotta say it's so cute to see them both go up on their back legs and turn around at the same time :p
     
  6. Dylan & Daisy

    Dylan & Daisy PetForums VIP

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    Just replied to your other thread Lol

    Just keep reinforcing it all with praise and/or treats :D

    Mine was also fetching very early, sitting, laying down too. The younger they start these things, the easier they pick them up.

    For anything he does that you'd like him to be doing albeit luck, praise and treat.....shih-tzu's love to please and respond very well to be told what a 'good boy' he is Lol
     
  7. rachel57

    rachel57 PetForums Junior

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    well thats good to hear ! it just seems like it's natural to him. we enjoy doing it and so does he !.
     
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