At 2:00 a.m. Spence yipped in his crate. When I opened his crate he came out and drank water, then followed me outside and peed. When he came in he headed for the dog bed in the living room. I led him to his crate. Spence decided he didn't want to be in there. When I left he yipped. I got one of the dog beds and put it next to his crate and told Bruno to sleep there. When Spence yipped again I corrected him "aattt." After three corrections he settled down and went back to sleep.
On the off-leash walks I always make Bruno heel in the beginning of the walk, next to or behind me until I decide to send him off. It's not always at the same point in the walk when I give him the command to "find it" which means he is allowed to go and use his nose to find whatever might be out there in the woods. Spencer could never keep up with Bruno and on his own was running off a little trying to see what Bruno was up to and when Bruno came back he was falling back in line with the rest of the pack. With Spencer's increased confidence and energy it was now time to guide the pup and teach him "Back" means we are finished hunting around, and "Find it" means you can hunt around. Spence picked up on this quickly. A few times I had to reach down and touch his chest to get him to fall back in line behind me, as opposed to slightly in front, and he responded very well.
Providing structure even on off-leash walks keeps a dog’s mental energy drained as it takes a lot of discipline to stop hunting around and go back to following. We do this on and off several times during the walk, from hunting to heeling, hunting to heeling. They come back not only physically exhausted but mentally too.
If I were to allow Spencer to believe he can make the decisions there just may be ones I, and others around us, do not like. Therefore it is important that he regards himself as the one who follows, not the one who decides.
I started preparing Bruno and Spencer's breakfast. Bruno walked into the kitchen and lay down. Spencer then walked into the kitchen and sat down, looking at me. As I was mixing the food I heard Spence whine. Immediately I turned around and said "Shhhh." Spence jumped, startled at the correction. I had told him I didn't agree with him begging while I prepared his breakfast. He sat politely and waited. Followers do not beg from leaders. They wait politely for their turn to eat.
Spencer has been very good at not puppy biting humans. He gets all his puppy bites out on Bruno when they play and Bruno gets all his doggie bites back on Spence.
While out on a walk however we were stopped by a Pit Bull admirer. She started to pet Spence and was playing with his mouth. Spencer opened his mouth and the lady actually put her fingers into Spencer's mouth and Spence started to chew on her hands. She petted him some more and put her hand back into his mouth to allow him to bite her. I had said out loud, "Spence, no puppy bites" to get the hint across to stop putting her hand in his mouth. Thinking about it later I know I need to be more direct and tell the human to not put their hands near his face like that, encouraging him to chew on them. Next time I will be more prepared to handle that type of situation. I had never realized before that people actually encourage puppies to bite on them.