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Has anyone experienced their puppy thinking it's a game to pick them up. Sophie has alwasy run away from me if I bend down to pick her up, she thinks it a game. I can sit down on the floor and she will come right to me, but standing she always runs away. I was very ill for about a week and during that time she let me walk up to her and pick her up, otherwise its always a game. Any suggestions as to how to teach her not to run?


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hide a treat in the palm of your hand, and slowly touch her with both hands as if you were to pick her up , but don't pick her up. Give her the treat. Gradually add a little more pressure as if to pick up the next time with the treat hidden. Do this half a dozen times over a couple of days and eventually pick her up with the treat in your hand and then give her the treat. Do this sort of thing one every three days , then once a week and keep her guessing. Once she learns that being picked up means good things she should be more willing. Do this with others as well.

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Has anyone experienced their puppy thinking it's a game to pick them up. Sophie has alwasy run away from me if I bend down to pick her up, she thinks it a game. I can sit down on the floor and she will come right to me, but standing she always runs away. I was very ill for about a week and during that time she let me walk up to her and pick her up, otherwise its always a game. Any suggestions as to how to teach her not to run?
Teach her to sit first, with lots of cookie rewards. Then teach her to stay in that position, even when you reach out toward her. Again, lots of rewards. Then star Just touching her chest or back, reward. (don't reach for her head to begin with… LOTS of dogs don't like that)

It may be partly a game, but partly that MANY little dogs find it very intimidating to have someone lean over them and reach for them. Just keep working on making it pleasant and rewarding every time you reach for her.

Also make sure that you practice LOTS of times when your only goal is to touch her (or eventually pick her up) and release her RIGHT AWAY to play again. You don't want her to think that every time you catch her, that's the end of her fun!


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I think some times they think that you are going to do something that they dont like, like brush him or wipe his paws clean for example. Milo sometimes does this. If i ignore and dont chase him he will come to me by himself, if he feels like i want to 'catch' him, he will see it as a great game of escape.


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I think some times they think that you are going to do something that they dont like, like brush him or wipe his paws clean for example. Milo sometimes does this. If i ignore and dont chase him he will come to me by himself, if he feels like i want to 'catch' him, he will see it as a great game of escape.
Which is why it's VERY important to do LOTS of "catch and release" or collar grabs, where ALL you do is give them cookies and let them go right away. That way they start to associate coming to you with good things rather than with something they don't like.

The ONLY time Kodi runs away from me (well very deliberately TROTS away from me! ) is when he knows I've gotten the things out for his bath. But I NEVER call him to me at that time, and I don't chase him. I quietly follow him to wherever he's going, (he usually gets up on one of the couches and curls in a little circle, trying to look as small and pathetic as possible ) and gently pick him up, with as cheery a voice as possible, and take him to do the "dirty deed".


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Diva does this if she thinks we are going to take her out to potty but she doesn't have to go potty! If she DOES have to go potty she will come right to us... otherwise she will run and hide under the couch.
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hide a treat in the palm of your hand, and slowly touch her with both hands as if you were to pick her up , but don't pick her up. Give her the treat. Gradually add a little more pressure as if to pick up the next time with the treat hidden. Do this half a dozen times over a couple of days and eventually pick her up with the treat in your hand and then give her the treat. Do this sort of thing one every three days , then once a week and keep her guessing. Once she learns that being picked up means good things she should be more willing. Do this with others as well.
Thank you I will try anything at this point and this sounds like a great idea since she will sit for a treat. I have never had a pet do this with me. I got her when she was 9 weeks old and she is almost 5 months now, I thought it was something she would outgrow and decided I needed some help.


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Teach her to sit first, with lots of cookie rewards. Then teach her to stay in that position, even when you reach out toward her. Again, lots of rewards. Then star Just touching her chest or back, reward. (don't reach for her head to begin with… LOTS of dogs don't like that)

It may be partly a game, but partly that MANY little dogs find it very intimidating to have someone lean over them and reach for them. Just keep working on making it pleasant and rewarding every time you reach for her.

Also make sure that you practice LOTS of times when your only goal is to touch her (or eventually pick her up) and release her RIGHT AWAY to play again. You don't want her to think that every time you catch her, that's the end of her fun!
This is great I have alread tought her to sit and she will stay until I let her have it. I had a Pekignese and she didn't react like this so I have been a little puzzled.


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I think some times they think that you are going to do something that they dont like, like brush him or wipe his paws clean for example. Milo sometimes does this. If i ignore and dont chase him he will come to me by himself, if he feels like i want to 'catch' him, he will see it as a great game of escape.


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Thank you for your input Carli.


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Diva does this if she thinks we are going to take her out to potty but she doesn't have to go potty! If she DOES have to go potty she will come right to us... otherwise she will run and hide under the couch.
It sounds like it is normal for them to run off. Diva is adorable


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