Finally found Puppy's weakness and have hope at last!

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Sausage!

Doggylonglegs is 5 months old and is the worlds most chilled well behaved pup in the house but turns into some demented thing desperate for doggy attention when outdoors.

His recall is faultless if we are alone but I can't compare to another dog or leaping up at someone new. This really limits his offlead time (shame as he loves it) because I end up like a lead ninja whenever anyone comes into view. Our nearest walk is a busy country park too sad. On the odd occaision I haven't been quick enough he bolts and I am scared of him being a nuisance so he ends up back on.

But today I tried sausage instead of chicken on the advice of another terrier owner and I have hope at last. It is a small breakthrough I know but feels huge to me! I got him to do 'watch me' with every dog and person we saw and even the odd sit!

I know it is a little thing but I am so pleased as we never managed it in puppy class where he was the only one swinging on his lead like a wild thing despite performing lots of clicker commands at home.

I really hope one day I can trust him off lead.

Oh we were THAT dog purely because of his enthusiastic terrierness grin

I have posted on here before about how there was regularly audiable sniggering when we were called on to perform! He was spot on at home but why on earth should he do anything as mundane as sitting when there are puppies to throw yourself at! He is extremely friendly but scared all but two spaniel puppies with his enthusiastic 'bowl em over' approach.

One lab puppy actually climbed into a holdall to escape his clumsy play attempts. blush ...oh the shame!

Putting chicken in with sausage has done the trick 8hours, it obviously smells much morr appealing.

I don't know what on earth I am going to do about his tummy though. He is still not completely back to normal and a couple of nights ago I awoke to him covered in poo and he has never gone in the night
I felt so sorry for him as he looked so pleased when someone came to sort him out sad. Poor thing. Whenever something has badly upset him it always takes a number of days.

I don't know what to do for the best now. I am seriously tempted to try something like orijen or taste of the wild but am scared that me keeping trying things could make him worse? Plus it seems a little mad that I am cutting out all branded shopping for us and then getting the dog hugely expensive food grin. May have a little chat at tomorrows worming visit to vets.

ijustwant8hours Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:47

Oh that sounds hard! I'm about to put pup on adult food so will see how that goes!

Is he ok on the eukamba though, just other things that set him off?

With treats I've started mixing the treats with his kibble, so sometimes he gets cheese or whatever and sometimes kibble...the promise of something higher value seems to keep him going....

It doesn't seem to upset him but he is hardly overenthusiastic with and generally refuses a meal completely once every couple of days. I add chopped chicken too. He has never been overly bothered about eating unless it is unidentifiable matter on the pavement!

ijustwant8hours Fri 11-Jan-13 20:39:37

Mine isn't that enthusiastic about meals either tbh, he generally eats it but will regularly leave a meal too, i just figured that he wasn't hungry!! He is keen for treats though (even when it is just hs kibble) and likes kibble in a kong, i think the delivery is more important to him than the food!

His favorite food appears to be cat shit!! That is what he eats with most relish! Since I discovered that I haven't been too worried about his food!

Is his weight fine Fan? if so I would be tempted to stick to what you know doesn't upset him. Or you could try to get some free samples and try them as treats?

Classes start next week. Eek!

SweetieTime Fri 11-Jan-13 21:43:24

I am struggling to find the most suitable and appealing treat for my pup too. Am trying to recall train our 6mo spaniel following Pippa Mattinson Total Recall (as recommended on another thread). She suggests using different value rewards but I cannot find anything pup finds appealing. Pippa suggests warming chicken/sausages to make it more appealing but SweetiePup still not interested sad
She is like a toddler in that she approaches with caution, sniffs it, takes it in her mouth before spitting it out then eventually eating it but not enthusiastically.
Not sure what to try next as she also has a sensitive tummy too, most things give her the runs.

Hard isn't it? Makes training so much more difficult.

8hours he is generally ok on eukanuba but if I am honest, very firm solid poos are probably only about 10%. What I consider ok is not sloppy but maybe not the ideal. Not sure if it is because he is a floor snaffler despite picky eating! And yes, my little darling loves both cat and dog shit. On one of my lower points I did suggest to dh that we buy food for another dog then ask for it back! <puke>

Vet did agree him tummy is sensitive. He seems well in himself. Though he still aleeps for hours on end but is always full of beans when awake. He was sick today on his walk though bit again had skipped breakfast and was trying to eat various filthy things.

He is wormed 4 weekly with advocate so shouldn't be that. He was 4.6 kg last time but has gained everytime. Vet nurses have said he is coming along nicely and his coat is lovely and shiney.

Oh and good luck at class smile

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