I'm hoping you all can help me out with two issues I'm having in my training. I have a 3 1/2 month old pup that I've been working with going on 6 weeks now. I just started leash training with her and to be honest she's never been that thrilled with being on the leash and I'm not sure how to fix it. So here are my two issues:
1) As stated previously I just started leash training with a leash and choke chain. My issue isn't when the dog is on the leash it's just trying to put the darn thing on the dog in the first place. She sees me bring the leash and immediately starts jumping and being standoffish and barking up a storm. Basically won't let me come near her with it. I never lunge at her or chase her down. I just tell her to come here, kneel down to her level and sometimes even offer up a treat. It takes a while but she will finally come over but I have to hold her and some times she struggles while I put on the leash. I've also found if I open up the choke collar and put it on the ground in an open loop then put a treat in the middle I can easily slip it over her head as she eats the treat. Heaven forbid if I put it on wrong then I deal with the struggling! Just to head off any questions about the time on the leash and the activities. Well she's only on leash for walks and training. When we walk it's all fun time I never make her do any training and only correct her if she's acting like a sled dog and trying to pull my arm off other wise she loves it. While training she's wagging her tail the whole time and really responds well to commands I am still using treats as reinforcement so her excitement level is high during our training. So not sure why she freaks out when she sees the leash.
2) Excited jumping with biting! I always end my training with a game like Hunt Em Up where I have her search for hidden bumpers or we play fetch. She loves it and really gets excited. My problem is when I get the bumper from her and she sometimes jumps and jumps and will bite at the bumper. Tonight she ripped my jacket!!! Not happy because it's a nice under armor hoodie I've had for a while. The book I'm using says to use "Pressure" to get her to stop jumping. All I can think of is to knee her in the chest but I've probably kneed her 900 times by now. Should I just chalk it up to her being a puppy?
Feedback is definitely appreciated and thanks for helping out a new guy.