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Old 02-11-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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I am way in over my head LOL. I have never trained a dog to do anything, all that I have had always came when called other than that they were outside and did whatever they wanted. We got Kopper last Thursday and he is already proving me inadequate! I can not get this dog to do anything, he chooses to come when called and usually lays down when I tell him to. The problem is he wont go to anyone else? I got him as a buddy for my kids. I love him and the fact that he is by my side constantly...but how can I get him to listen to the kids and hubby too???? Anyone have advise?
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well first it hasnt been even a full week. you have to give him time to get used to everyone and trust his environment. im not sure how old your kids are but my yorkies are scared of them. have you tried having the children do feedings, potty time etc...each having their own chore to do with kopper? you can youtube training videos and maybe have one child work with him on sit and so on. consistency is key. everyone using the same terms with positive reinforcement.
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Actually I said children but it is really child (the youngest doesn't talk yet lol) the oldest is going to be 5 mext week and the puppy is not scared of him likes to love on him but REALLY prefers me. The hubby has fed him and took him out several times though and he still wont go to potty for hubby or come to him when called I am by far not giving up for as yousaid we JUST got him. But as he is getting more comfortable with his surroundings I want to make sure I dont screw up the training process! He loves my youngest child (15 months) but knows when he has a toy to run And dont worry I am always RIGHT there to correct the childs bad behavior. They both have a lot to learn! But man do they love to give each other big open mouth kisses YUCK!!! LOL
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hehehe that is the cutest vision eva!! keylo kisses everything and everyone. lol she even kisses the cats. then comes ova and gives me a big lick. lol just keep trying but honest they do bond strongly with one person. for instance lola goes nuts when i come home dancing all around and such. my dh rolls his eyez at me saying she never acts like that when i get home from and errand. in time and he will bond with the babies even more and dh too. do you have any training books or classes you can bring him to nearby...i found classes to be very helpful.
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Try clicker training. It works wonderfully for many people, and it eliminates the possibility that dogs respond only to a certain voice if they are trained only with voice commands. Also emphasize hand signals.

Make sure each member of your family works with Kopper.

While many Yorkies bond strongly with one person, many also bond with more than 1. My boys love their grandpa as much as they do me, and Max has bonded with my brother as well.
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How old is the Kopper? It just takes a little while sometimes. He's probably still a baby himself. I'm sure you will do just fine with him. Yorkies are like little children themselves. Welcome to YorkieTalk from another Okie. (I'm probably one of the few on here who knows where Broken Bow is! LoL)

Oh and like Maximo said, the clicker training is wonderful!
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When we first got Chewie he was following me around everywhere for the first couple of weeks. My boyfriend was a little upset that he was at home all day with Chewie and he still preferred me. After the initial weeks Chewie got independent and started exploring the house whenever he could sneak away. And he started following both of us. In the first weeks they are a little afraid of the new surroundings and they follow the most familiar face. In my case, we assumed he followed me because the breeder was a female...
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How old is the pup?
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Pups are not easy but with some patients and consistent training they catch on very quickly. I agree that you should get not only the kids but all of the family members involved in the training process.

I've had great success with training my four Yorkies and you are more than welcome to look over my methods of training on my web site listed below.... Hope it helps you as much as I believe it has helps many others her on YT.
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He is 13 weeks
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My yorkie has a stronger bond to mom and dad but he lays on me the most since I'm home all the time. But when mom gets home he lays on her or on the foot of her recliner when it's up. He lays on dads recliner some but not as much as me or mom. He's 5 years old now, well, almost. He'll be 5 on April 1.

I think it all depends on the dog how well he will be trained, at least in my brief experience. Bentley is my first dog so I have no real experience with training dogs. But Bentley knows how to stay, sit, high-five and he only listens sometimes for lay down. He rarely comes when called. He seems to ignore my voice most of the time. I'm the one who trained him. I did use hand signals (even though I made them up since I had no idea what the real signals were, I used what seemed logical to me and he responded to. Some dogs just don't like to be trained.

Have you tried training with little treats or pieces of lunch meat? My dog is not food motivated so that didn't work for us. But most dogs are food motivated as far as I can tell so that might help you get more of what you want out of your training sessions. Do a few 15 minute sessions per day spaced out. Dogs don't have much of an attention span like humans have. OF course potty training is a never-ending training session though.
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Well I think since I am the most firm he looks to me as pack leader/alpha whatever. He just seems to ignore everyone else. For the most part (unless he is trying to find his place to potty) he comes to me. Occasionally he tries to ignore but a snap or a clap or if I am desperate just walking the other way and I get his attention then he will come. He also will usually lay by me when I am sitting in the floor and tell him to lay down. For the most part I havent been trying to train tricks just setting boundaries for what he is allowed to in the house. The hardest part is getting him to not chew on the kids toys and chew on his LOL. They are horribly tempting laying around
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Well I think since I am the most firm he looks to me as pack leader/alpha whatever. He just seems to ignore everyone else. For the most part (unless he is trying to find his place to potty) he comes to me. Occasionally he tries to ignore but a snap or a clap or if I am desperate just walking the other way and I get his attention then he will come. He also will usually lay by me when I am sitting in the floor and tell him to lay down. For the most part I havent been trying to train tricks just setting boundaries for what he is allowed to in the house. The hardest part is getting him to not chew on the kids toys and chew on his LOL. They are horribly tempting laying around
Correct him by taking the kids toys away and replacing them with one of his own. Be sure to reward him with a "good boy" when he has one of his own toys and not the kids. Plus you may just have the kids keep their toys in their room or put in a small backet when not being played with.
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I have been replacing them with his, my youngest likes to trade him and give him a block and take his bone lol. He is doing good and really is a good smart dog. I had been semi worried after reading some stories here but he has been such a good addition to our family!
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Oh they always are.... that is why we have four!

Training your new pups will take some time, dedication and structure on every one part. I would suggest leash/umbilical cord training to see if that can help you with some of his issues. It kind of the opposite of "out of sight out of mind". Leash training keeps him close and allows you to be right there to correct him when he doing what he shouldn't be.
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