Monday, May 12, 2008

Molly Olly Olly

Molly is a great little dog. She is sweet and playful. She is doing great on her house training. She loves the kids and they love her.
Molly only has one problem. She is a puppy. What I mean by this is that she has WAY too much energy AND she doesn't listen. The most troubling part of those two things is that she lives to GET OUT. Add to that the fact that Princess H loves to LET her out, and you have a recipe for disaster.
So EVERY single day the girl opens the door, the dog gets out, the dog dashes about the yard
(and into the road and the neighbors' yards) at the speed of light. I call the dog. I follow the dog. I call the dog some more. EVENTUALLY, the dog will come to me...when she feels like it.
I cannot express the joy that I get from this daily tradition.
So, any dog owners out there, I need tips. I need advice. I need the dog to run around happily and then come when I call. Any magic tricks for that?


JUST A MOM said...

WOW I was behind,,,, I am caught up now,, congrads on the gradutaion and sweet sleeping baby girl... now the dog.......... put him in the cage and only allow him out on a leash OR put the girl child on a leash and only let her out when the dog is caged... hehe hang in there.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Being a young puppy, Molly is going to be excited by everything and, being a Terrier, you can double that instinct!

Find a safe, open area and put her on a long lunge line to practice recall. Try treat training if she responds to food and treat her everytime she comes back to you and praise her well. Always use positive reinforcement for training.

If she responds to toys, try using a squeaky toy that you only take on walks. Again, use copious praise and/or treats when she comes back to you.

Terrier's are stubborn as hell and you have your work cut out but keep at it and hopefully she'll get the message!

Training the kids not to open the door has to be a priority too!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

If you figure it out, let me know!

Pamela said...

those little terriers are well known for that kind of activity.

I've never owned one. Call The Dog Whisper (Caesar on Animal Planet)