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life with a "teenager"

That teenager is Tillie of course! LOL
Yesterday my son taught Tillie how to pull his little wagon... it is HILARIOUS. I wish I knew how to post video... I'll post some pictures though. She sometimes forgets it and we just tell her go get the wagon and she runs down the hall, all by herself and grabs the string and pulls it out to the living room. Poor thing though she ALWAYS tries to jump up on the couch with it and well, that's NOT happeneing, LOL she always drops it.
And today I taught her how to play hide and seek with her toys. I had her sit and stay and went down the hall and "hid" her toy and came out and asked her to find it! At first she was REALLY confused, but it only took her once and she thought it was the greatest game EVER. I ran out of hiding spots! LOL ANd of course thinks wrapping paper rolls are HERS and steals them CONSTANTLY and shreds them within an inch of thier life....oh and she will "cry" at the garage door for "her" cat to come "play" with her... LOL she THINKS they are best friends... just don't let the CAT know!
so much fun to have a 6 month old puppy.... still puppyish, but SOOO, so smart and Tillie just has SO much patience and understanding it amazes me... although she does need to learn not to CHEW on the cats PAWS... there are Sharp claws in there!

What are some fun games your puppies like to play?? What silly things have they been up to this holiday season!?
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sorry for all the blurry pictures! LOL she was constantly moving!!
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Cute pictures-I would love to see video of Tillie pulling that wagon.

There is a video somewhere on the forum of Cicero bringing all of his toys by name. Truly amazing to see. I bet you could teach Tillie the same thing.

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hey Julie!

I have tried to teach Tillie the names of toys, but I think I need to research on HOW to do that, cause I don't think I am teaching her right... she tries, but is just SO confused as to what I want her to do! LOL sweet girl!
I've learned to upload videos to fb, so maybe I can figure out how to do it here too.. if I ever figure it out, i'll be sure to post this video, although she was SO fast, and our house is SO small that it is hard to see what is happening! LOL
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hey Julie!

I have tried to teach Tillie the names of toys, but I think I need to research on HOW to do that, cause I don't think I am teaching her right... she tries, but is just SO confused as to what I want her to do! LOL sweet girl!
I've learned to upload videos to fb, so maybe I can figure out how to do it here too.. if I ever figure it out, i'll be sure to post this video, although she was SO fast, and our house is SO small that it is hard to see what is happening! LOL
You need to start with just two toys, and only name one (to start with). It also helps A LOT, if you are using clicker training.


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we are doing the clicker... do I click it when she heads to the toy I am asking for? do I give her a treat at all during this process?
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You need to start with just two toys, and only name one (to start with). It also helps A LOT, if you are using clicker training.
I tried this and when she was reliably bringing me "Chippy", I then moved on to teaching her "tootsie". When she was reliably bringing that one, I asked for Chippy and she looked confused and brought me tootsie. I'm sure I was doing it wrong.

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Here is the video of Dale's beautiful Cicero cleaning up his toys.
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we are doing the clicker... do I click it when she heads to the toy I am asking for? do I give her a treat at all during this process?
You ALWAYS use food with a clicker. That's what the click means... you did it right, a treat is coming.

I would start with two toys on the floor about two feet apart. At first, don't say anything, just click if she touches either toy. when she's doing that reliably, click only when she touches the toy you want to name. When she's doing that reliably, say the name, then click when she touches the toy. This whole process shouldn't take more than a few days. When she is reliably touching that toy, replace the second toy with a different one to "proof" that she really understands that your word means that particular toy. (for instance "bear" for a stuffed bear)

Once she's reliably touching one toy on command, you can start the process over again with two different toys, until she is reliably responding to the name of one of those. Only when she has really thoroughly learned two names in isolation should you start asking her to differentiate between two toys that she knows the names for.

Slowly, over time, you can add new toys with different names and eventually increase the number of toys she chooses between. Make sure that you run her through the older ones often so that she doesn't forget them.

Many dogs learn the names for some special toys without special teaching, just because the toy is important to them. But this is more hit or miss, and some dogs catch onto it easier than others. Kodi knows the names for about 4 different toys that he has learned just because they are his favorite toys, and we've often said the name of the toy as he brings it to us. He knows, "Squeaky ball", "Bottle" (milk bottle), "Fox", and "Cow". I'm sure we could teach him more, but we haven't really worked on it.


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I tried this and when she was reliably bringing me "Chippy", I then moved on to teaching her "tootsie". When she was reliably bringing that one, I asked for Chippy and she looked confused and brought me tootsie. I'm sure I was doing it wrong.
It sounds like she learned to "bring you a toy" rather than what a specific toy as called. You need to teach each part of a behavior separately, in this case, teaching the "bring me" (or fetch) separately from identifying different specific toys.


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