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  1. Hi folks, Thanks for all the help on my last post. Wren is doing a lot better and I feel like our bond is building. However, I'm kind of getting lost on games to play with her. Right now it's almost exclusively me kicking a ball around the house for her to chase and also playing tug of war. Both activities that I've read aren't the best for BCs and we are both getting bored.... She is learning names of her toys to bring to me and she is learning to wait until I tell her to go after the ball, but there has to be other things we can do. I've searched and read of ideas on other threads, but most seem geared for older puppies (Wren is almost 14 weeks). Like hide and seek? Not sure we have the bond yet where she wants to find me or maybe it's just her attention span is still so short. I've been looking into the smell games and I may yet be able to get her to engage in those. What did you all do with your puppies at 14 weeks? Thank you!
  2. Thanks for the re-assurance folks. And for helping me adjust my expectations. Two things here: first, one of my motivations for posting originally was to adjust my expectations (since it became obvious to me early on that mine were off) and to provide context for my puppy. You all have done that wonderfully. Second, I think I would have more accurately expressed what I was asking if I would have replaced the word "command" with "games". Meaning, ways to bond while still working her brains. Thanks for not being too hard on me. I don't think the head ducking is "hand shyness" since its always in the context of playing and/or hyperactivity. Much of it really seems to depend on her mood. You and at least one other poster have mentioned the "scent games": I'll definitely be looking into those. Really, I guess I need new ideas like that on ways to interact with her, since tug of war only seems to go so far. She's been easier today and since I'm not all doom and gloom in response, I can say that she'll tolerate petting but really doesn't seem to enjoy it. But based on many of your responses, that doesn't seem uncommon and in itself, doesn't indicate that I've ruined her in some way. Again, thanks for the reassurance. We will keep building.
  3. Hello, first post here. I've been lurking for a few weeks and since there seem to be so many experienced people here, I thought I'd see what you all thought. I've got a 10.5 week old puppy, Wren, we've had her for 3 weeks and She's our first puppy, but not our first dog. I live on a farm with my wife and two young daughters (she seems to really like our three year old) plus an indoor cat. Well I'm worried that I've ruined Wren. It seems our only positive interactions are food and play. She knows sit, come, lay down, and to wait while I give her her food and at the door to be let out for potty (she hasn't had an accident for about a week). She only obey's those commands when I have food or a toy and she doesn't really react at all to "good dog" or similar praise. Play consists of basically tug of war or me rolling a ball for her to chase. Unless she is in very specific mood or just tired, she will duck under our hands when we try to pet her and/or try to mouth them. Like her only association with our hands is "a thing that holds a toy". For mouthing we will hold her muzzle and say "no" and that usually gets her the message for a few minutes anyway. She does understand "no" but only when she wants too, like when the cat is around, forget it. She really doesn't like being in her crate despite me trying to build up a positive association with it by feeding her in it and giving her a treat or kong toy whenever she goes in. She's in there about 2 hours at a time (except night of course) and then she gets 1.5-2.5 hours out. Have I been describing what you would see as normal puppy behavior? I've tried to get her to "fetch" i.e. bring me toys back when I throw them, and after making progress, she now only loses interest when the toys go away. I feel like we haven't really bonded, probably because I have been a little heavy handed to her a handful of times: like early on, when she came up and pulled my beard when I was laying on the floor and my reaction was to smack her nose. I know that's taboo and I understand why; it was a reaction in the moment and not my training "method". I guess I'm asking for new command ideas to try to occupy her mind and training and I'm looking to see if most of the above is normal puppy behavior at this stage or if I have a long long road of remedial bonding to travel. Thanks for you input, joe
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