As you may or may not know, last week I made my “big decision.” I publicly announced which of my 7 then seven week old puppies I was going to keep for my own.
Tomorrow night I will be hosting a “coaching call” for my “Puppy Peaks” members. There I will share more details on why I picked Momentum. In the end, the decision was easy as one puppy absolutely stole my heart.
The puppy formerly known as “Genie” is now officially named “Say Yes to the Game ChangeRR.”
Her registration name reflects the fact that I am “changing my game” a bit. As I am moving from selecting only red & white Border Collies puppies over the past 25 years to going back to a black & white one.
“Momentum”, as she is now known, was selected for a number of reasons. She appeared to be part glamour girl, part tomboy and part class clown. And, in addition, at the time she also appeared to have a strong attachment to me. 🙂
However it seems like within moments of me making a public announcement that I had selected her as my very own, little Miss Momentum transformed from “attached” to “attacking”, from “brilliant” to “bullying”, from “sweet” to “sinful” and from “self-assured” to “self-absorbed”. I went from calling her fun, fearless and fascinating to other words that started with “F.” 🙂
I can say with a great deal of confidence that each of the other six puppy owners are THRILLED that they do not own her today!
Yes, I think she quickly became the naughtiest puppy I have ever known!
Take a look at this video montage. What word or words would you use to describe this puppy if she was yours?
Now, of course, all of those “descriptors” are not really “who” this puppy is. It is just me giving names to MY emotions. Labels I put on the puppy while observing the act of her doing what currently just comes naturally to her. My puppy still is that sweet, self-assured and brilliant puppy she has always been. However until I direct what reinforces her in her environment towards what I like, she is going to continue to find those “naughty” but oh so fun for a puppy reinforcements on her own!
In “Mentum’s” world everything she does is just perfect! My job as her now official “trainer” is to make sure I alter all of those “unplanned coincidences,” those things or events that have produced amazing rewards for her thus far in her life in a better direction!
This transition will be another topic I will discuss with my Puppy Peaks community.
The transition happens through games. Lots and lots of relationship building games. Games the two of us love!
Games of all different varieties, in all different locations.
I know we will still have our share of struggles to overcome…but I also know we will have a lot of fun and learn a lot of lessons along the way.
Puppy Peaks is about to get a LOT more interesting as it looks like I have a brand new set of challenges to overcome!
Today I am grateful for how much I already love “the naughtiest puppy I have ever known.” Can’t wait to see what life will look like a year from now :).
I’m so happy to see the naughty Momentum video. If the puppy were red, it could be mine. My two Belgians from the early 2000s were a joy to train. My first Border Collie, Saga, was amazing and still is at 10. She still comes running when she hears the Puppy Peaks and H360 theme tunes. My second, Libby, is a rule-follower. Just wants to be right. Now we have Cora. She is ‘independent’. Her favourite thing is playing keep-away, both with herself and anything she can put in her mouth. Just when I think it’s getting better, she throws me a curve ball and reverts to running away at every opportunity. She is driving me slightly nuts. I am back in Puppy Peaks on the Momentum side of things and will be using my Recallers notes from the two times I was in that program. I’m really hoping that will restore my sanity.
You have no idea how happy I was to watch the naughty puppy video. After years of rescuing adult dogs, I decided to get a puppy. A standard poodle. She was so sweet and listened until 10 weeks, now she is exactly like Momentum was in this video except she digs, and bites. At 12 weeks I had to really stop and think, what the heck did I do! It makes me feel better that there will be hope on the other side of this! Doing Crate Games and collar games, thank you!
This video gave me so much hope. I was starting to think I was a real failure as a trainer but maybe Dolly and I will get to understand each other after all.
I was looking for Puppy Peaks. Is it already closed? I don’t pick up my puppy until 8/20.
Hi Janice, please send the team a note at [email protected] so we can help!
Hi, I too am interested in knowing what is Puppy Peaks? Also the guide that Susan uses with the levels of puppy development and training, will it ever become available for purchase? I loved this video, I feel much better at being bamboozled by a 9 week old pup. Thanks.
Hi Valerie, Puppy Peaks is retired, but if you send a note to us at [email protected] we can help you with direction for puppies.
Susan’s Puppy Playlist on YouTube is packed full of wonderful information:
O M G !😂. I laughed so much at this puppy’s antics! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with her! Yes, right now, she is definitely a handful!!!
( also very pretty girl and how fun to go black and white! )
hi I would like to ask how can I stop my 11 week mini schnauzer puppy to stop bitting and growling at us we play with him and give him treats.but he keeps coming up to you and start bitting again.can anybody help thank you !
Hello. We just added a 3 month old Brittany to our household! Scout joins our 9 year old Brittany, Lacie. A couple months ago I joined Recallers and I have been working through that program with Lacie and we are both having fun. At what age can I start doing the Recaller games with Scout (3 month old)? We have only had her a couple days so for now focusing on housebreaking and crate training, and letting Lacie adjust to a new puppy.
Hi my puppy is 13 weeks she is sweet but very chewy and jumps up and chews a lot
Image tried ignoring her but it doesn’t help
I have said off and pushed her down butt hisses atodds with what you do and also isn’t working
She is super smart but this is a problem for me esp as have 3 small children
Loved this! there is hope for all of us then! Ha! I was wondering how much time a day I can spend with purposeful games and training with my 12 week old Golden Retriever, Gabi! She will “work” quite a while…happily cuz its fun, but i have been told that I am doing too much….hmm….i figure we are spending time together so i might as well make it also education as well as fun…but maybe too much too soon? she sits, and downs and target my hand and “waits” and plays its your choice and collar grab and leave it games with treats and stuff like that… I am hoping to get her enrolled in recallers the next opening….she does like to play tug with her leash and while she will loose leash walk SOMETIMES….she also will just plop down and refuse to move no matter what sort of crazy jig i do or silly sounds I make…I think she rather enjoys making a fool of me!
Remember me my own dog when she was a puppy.
She’s the dog who makes me scratch my head often to find a solution to resolve some behaviors.
Some friends told me to return her to her breeder when she was a puppy because i struggled so much but never want it. Want to find a solution in our training to improve her and reflex on myself too.
Now she’s much better but i often struggle with her. But since few months we’re in recallers program, and i see such a big difference with her even if we havestill s many things to work on but i enjoy the little step we already have.
We’re waiting to enroll in handling 360. I hope next year but for now she’s recovering for a pelvis injury so she’s in rehabilitation and we’re working more and more recallers games.
I loved the video. My puppy does the same thing right now. I figured out there is a favorite tug toy we have that will get him to come to me almost ever time.
Wow! Thanks for this video. I have a dog that is exactly like this. A miniature poodle who will look me in the eye, flip the bird (so to speak) and go the opposite direction. He is the toughest dog I have ever trained because he does not care about punishments (at all), and usually has no care for rewards. I have had to completely change how I deal with him, every minute of every day. And I have been using positive training on my dogs for 20+ years after 20+ years of jerk/pull training.
Can’t wait to see how this all shakes out. It’s the toughest thing I have ever done, that’s for sure. And I’ve been through Army boot camp!
It’s good for people to see that there is still hope for disobedient dogs. Thank you so much for sharing.
I am following your formula in training my dog. thanks for sharing this valuable article.
i’m going through a similar process. just adopted a three month old yellow lab. looking forward to the challenges and rewards of training her!
thank God. I am so glad I saw your video of your puppy. Makes me feel there is hope for Zeva and I.