Wayne just gave you the very best advice.
Enjoy your pup. Let her bond and get to know you. Don't try too hard..... (there is no rush either)
Abs no point in 'correcting' what you consider a sloppy sit (actually known as a 'puppy sit' in our neck of the woods) at such a young age, as she just won't get it, and you may likely end up worrying/frightening her. She hasn't got the muscle and bone structure to coordinate fully yet.
Attention and basic easy obedience is fine at baby stage. Tidying up can be addressed later, when brain capacity is more developed.
Mine use o do it. During oo she would lazy sit. It would walk up to her a tap her foot with my foot and she would pull it back in. She has now cleared it up over time, the older she got.
My response was, indeed, a joke. I thought your OP was a joke--just showing off the cute puppy that you don't have yet. If you are really this worried about it, you got some good advice, but the best, IMO, is to worry about puppy stuff for a while. Socialization and not pooping all over the place come way before how it sits in my book, but to each its own.
I also suggested TREATS with a young puppy, as opposed to some of the other methods that address a slightly older dog.
Would I do it myself? probably not, but he's not me and like I said, if he's going to train early on, better to do it right.
I'm watching my 8 week old bounce around the house as I type this (keeping one eye on the screen and the other on the pup to make sure he doesn't get into something he shouldn't or is showing signs of yet another trip outside to pee or poo.... yes, my eyes hurt)
I've been watching him closely... sometimes he sits perfectly, sometimes he sits on his side. But by the time I move towards him, he's off doing something else. Puppies are fast, wiggly, squirmy bundles of activity. Their attention span is about 5 seconds.
Sure, you can try to mess with your pup's sit when its this young, but in reality, you will have plenty of time to do this when you are working on healing, formalizing sit, and your more focused training when pup is older.
Don't become obsessed with fixing everything from the very start. Yes, it's better to teach something correctly from the get-go so you don't have to correct a problem later on, but sitting with an 8 week pup is probably not one of them.
Smell the roses and enjoy the journey. Bond with the puppy and concentrate more on getting it outside to pee so you can preserve your floors.
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I think he said he wasn't even getting pup until 8 weeks and at that point, the anxious owner is going to start training, whether we like it or not. Better to give them good advice than to refuse and tell them to "wait" IMHO. They may listen to the training advice, but they aren't likely to listen when you say "wait"...
Personally, I start the day puppy arrives with sit, down and stand... just moving them around, getting them to learn to follow my hand, understanding their marker sounds and in general, how to earn rewards with engagement. They still get plenty of time to socialize and adjust to things. Frankly, I think doing some simple little exercises with them tires them out and makes them feel more comfortable with me.
Just my opinion. Everyone has one and some of them stink.
[QUOTE=DarrinGreene;1198175]Thanks for being astute Mary Lynn. You're right. I said WHEN you start.
I think he said he wasn't even getting pup until 8 weeks and at that point, the anxious owner is going to start training, whether we like it or not. Better to give them good advice than to refuse and tell them to "wait" IMHO.
"Personally, I start the day puppy arrives with sit, down and stand..."
Sometimes I think things get taken way out of context. My original post was looking for advice on this issue and how you all corrected it. I received a lot of good answers and advice that allows me to choose an avenue to my liking. Thank You All for that.
I plan to do as many suggest and spend the first week or so just getting to know my puppy and letting her get to know me. We will work on simple basic things like sit , down , place , etc. After the first couple weeks of this I will start refining those basics to a more precise -
butt on floor
face me squarely
exercise regime (treat driven) as suggested by Darrin. By then my girl will be 11 - 12 weeks old and will have built up enough confidence that there won't be a problem. Should anything start to surface I won't hesitate to back up and slow things down. So you all know, I am a retired single gentleman and this little girl and me will be together 24/7 doing nothing but exploring the great outdoors and what life has to offer us together.
Thanks again for all the suggestions and I hope there will be more in the future as I am sure to ask more questions about things I don't know (which are many).
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Ron, I don't know where you are in Idaho or how gosh awful big the place is end to end but you really should look up Pete from the forum here. He's in your area and is very good with puppy development.