In response to my puppy parenting dilemmas I got two suggestions on how to train a puppy:
1. Ask Lara (the puppy whisperer)
2. Tough love
The funny thing is, rather coincidentally, these are the only two things that I’ve tried already.
As you know from earlier posts, Lara was visiting a couple of weeks ago. She suggested a couple of things and I’ve been diligently playing tug-of-war since. I have also been tough (ceasing play time when the biting gets too vigorous, and smacking on the nose) but the dog is getting progressively more psychotic.
Now I am in a catch-22. I think Kopi Manis probably needs more attention than she’s getting (I’m at work from early morning to early evening), but she’s now so bad at biting that even if I wanted to keep playing with her I have to go inside to save myself! As for the tough love, I have no qualms about being tough to a puppy, but she fights back!
At least my fears for Kopi when she is left to fend for herself (when my friend leaves Indonesia in 18 months time) have subsided. This puppy could take on the biggest, meanest dog ever and tear it to shreds.
Can a puppy have slow-onset rabies?