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Q. I'm actively working with my puppy on marker and engagement skills. Do I just keep doing as I'm doing?
Hi!

At the present time I'm actively working with my puppy on marker and engagement skills. I'm having a great time and we are having tons of success. However, when I'm taking Alice (15 weeks doberman x Dutch Shepherd) on leash to the back door to go outside to the bathroom, she will see our adult min pin and try to jump and pounce on her. I engage her in that situation and it works but it's every time she sees the min pin its always the same behavior. I understand she is just dying to play. At this point I can't vision the end result of a big dog and a little dog living together with manners. I feel like by not letting the dogs play together, I'm charging the puppies desire to want to play even more with the adult min pin and that could potentially be down the road an injury waiting to happen. Do I just keep doing as I'm doing?

Thank you for your time.

A. What you need to do is to see what works better with your dog. Make your tests and see.

We would not allow our 15 week old puppies to play with other dogs like this. There isn't a need for this at this age. All you do is create problems. Those problems come down to handler mistakes not dog problems.

Cindy is raising a new Mal pup. She is 9 months old. She walks with Rush and they are both on leash. She is in the ex-pen in the living room with Rush's bed next to it. She is in the ex-pen in the garage with Rush in his ex-pen next to it. She has her dog crate in the bedroom and Rush sleeps on the dog bed. She has a fenced outside exercise yard in our back yard and Rush can be loose. They have never had one time when they are off leash together, for one reason, it would just cause problems. When she is more mature we will see.

So your problem is not a dog problem. It is a management problem.

Regards,
Ed Frawley
  
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