Heather (kayannworks) wrote in boston_buddies,

Boston Psychology 101

Does anyone recommend any training techniques to help a toy-obsessed Boston Terrier?. I own a little 2 year old Boston named Kayti and is she a handful!. Unfortunately I don't own a camcorder, so it's hard for me to fully get across my point. She's obsessed with fetching just about anything. Toys, tennis balls, cow hooves, socks, sticks, you throw it and she'll try to retrieve no matter what it is. It's almost to the point where we seem to think she does, in fact, have a serious psychological issue regarding this. It's amazing and disturbing at the same time!. (laughs)

She'll be sound asleep, snoring, and I'll tiptoe absolutely soundless trying to put that favourite toy of hers away in a cabinet. No can do, she wakes up like the house is on fire and is ready to go all over again.

She'll put the toy on your lap and if you so much as move a centimeter, she'll flinch. Ignoring her or not. You can see her focus, her muscles tense. She'll stay that way for as long as two or more hours, even if you don't move, without walking away once or getting bored.

I've tried rolling the toy/object of attention off my lap and just let it drop to the floor as calmly as possible, consistently. She thinks this is also a very amusing game, and will either place it back on your lap or start whining.

I've seen methods of getting a dog used to distractions and tried to adapt a method from there. Whenever I throw the ball, as she's about to run after it, I coax her with a treat instead. Being the little pig she is, she's quite happy with this. I haven't tried this to it's fullest yet, so I'm not so sure about the outcome.

Living with my mother and grandmother, it's a little hard to develop a routine that all of us adhere to. I have my own personal views about training, and so do they.

Out of frustration or not, would it be cruel to take away her toys all together and only give them to her outside (where fetch should be placed, not in the hallway)?. Not the tug ropes she plays with my Wolfhound-mix, but the general fetchable objects she frequently brings to us?.

Pictures of my little puppylove later.

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