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3/15/14 3:13 P

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I think with all the problems you are having with your puppy you should get with a trainer. Often I have read for nipping to yelp at your dog so that he gets the feeling that he is hurting you. Of course, that didn't work with my ACDs and I got in trouble for doing it. Better is to have some toys for him and when he does nipping or chewing on something inappropriate, switch the toy for the inappropriate item and tell him he is good when he is chewing on his own toy and not your shoes, hand or electric cords.

Meanwhile, when you go on vacation, board him at a kennel or vet like Birgit said until he learns his manners and can be reliable with a pet sitter.



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3/15/14 1:15 A

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For the time you are on vacation I would consider a boarding kennel or boarding at a vet office that is set up for boarding. I would also highly recommend at this point to work with a local trainer to help you with the mouthiness. Some dogs are more difficult to train than others and it does sound like you feel overwhelmed. Many trainers will come to your house for private instructions and while it is not cheap it will be worth the investment in the long run.
The most dangerous of the behaviors right now is chewing power cords, both because they could kill your dog if they are plugged in, but also if you plug them in and didn't notice they had been chewed.
Don't feel too bad using the crate for shorter periods of time (like taking a shower or during dinner). You do need some downtime.
Chewing is a normal stage that puppies go through especially when they are teething (3-6 months). The more safe chew toys you can provide the better. A dog play-yard may work if it is fairly solid, although some puppies learn to climb out of those. Fencing off one puppy proof room with pressure gates may work as well.
Puppies are in many ways like infants or toddlers that can never be left alone until they are more mature. You are their replacement parent and many people feel like they get as little time for themselves as if they had a baby. The good thing is that this phase won't last as long. Maybe find a high-schooler near you who is willing to pet-sit to give you a few hours off on occasion. Also, try to take your puppy to dog parks that are fenced in where she can burn off some energy without taxing yours.

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3/14/14 10:39 P

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Here I am again. The puppy is now 4 months old and she is in the most awful chewing phase.
Today, she chewed thru the electric cord on my humifier, she has destroyed every eye on every pair of shoe laces shes found, and house shoes.
She chews pretty much everything but her food.
She eats so little and cannot find the right food to really interest her.
She of course wants to watch us eat, and so meal times she has to be put in her crate.
Sad to say, but its really the only time I see any real peace, is when shes in the crate.
She constantly wants to jump up in my lap or up on the couch and you cannot leave anything out.
Nothing, she carries everything under the futon.
She is still snapping and has given us some pretty good bites a few times.
Bathing, she loves, she loves to be bathed, but forget trying to dry her, she will eat us up alive.
Potty training is still so so, she goes on her pads much better now, but still not totally, and she often goes under the futon first thing in the morning, despite me taking her to her pad.
She will not go while outside, I take her out many times thru the day and walk her around, trying to get her used to her leash isnt going well at all either. But while outside, she simply wants to explore and run around, she might pee, but she never poos while outdoors and always waits to come back inside, no matter how long I walk her.
I hate that I have to crate her so often, but I cannot sit and watch tv, I cannot go take a shower, and leave her in the house for any amount of time alone.
I fear the snapping will lead to a serious bite and fear having her around little kids.
I am looking for her a baby playpen or am going to purchase a puppy play yard to keep her in as shes getting a little bigger.
We have been thinking about making vacation plans but I know finding someone to keep her isnt going to be easy for the time we are gone.
I fear leaving her with anyone with kids and I am just at my wits end as to what to do.

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2/4/14 6:02 P

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Excellent idea! Also, I don't think dogs have any problem smelling urine through snow, but may object to standing on snow if they are cold-sensitive.
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2/4/14 2:52 P

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catch urine from the pup in a container. find a location near the house they can be kept cleared. dump the urine in that location. let puppy smell. puppy will see that's the spot.

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1/7/14 9:53 A

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So far this morning, she has resisted her pee pad in favor of peeing on the carpet. I caught her just in the nick of time to keep her from dumping a load of poo on the carpet. And I took her outside despite the cold, and she didnt do anything but walk around looking at me funny.
I know she has used one certain area of the yard before, and now the ground is frozen.
I suspect her ability to find her old spot is compromised due to the cold.
After 10 cold, useless minutes, I brought her back inside and put her in the crate.
Hopefully if it warms up enough today, Honey can go out and clean the snow and ice off that particular spot and I can take her back out later and maybe get her in the hang of going there.

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1/6/14 11:51 P

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Hmm - firstly, if pup is only 8weeks now and you've had him/her for 2 weeks, I'd say it's debatable that he should've left Mum for at least another week, preferably two. Those last two weeks can be really critical in a pup's life and its mental development, and leaving too early means it's ability to settle away from its mother can sometimes be compromised. Sometimes this can't be helped but please remember - human expectations of pups can be very high, but they are only BABIES! ( It's like seeing pups being trailed around malls and town just because they've got 4 legs. That drives me nuts, it's like taking a 2year old toddler out and expecting it to walk like an adult all day!) Your pup has neither the physical nor mental maturity yet to understand what's going on and only 56 days ago it was still inside it's mother, so please be patient and kind. ( passing the little thing on to someone else wouldn't solve the problem and it could even make it worse for the baby's emotional well-being - we're currently going through this with an adult rescue dog which has been passed from pillar to post during it's 5 years, so I can sympathise.) Please remember that, when we were babies, we peed and poo'd for one heck of a lot longer than 2 weeks!!! Two years and more??!! You have the added complication of bitter temperatures, but the wealth of advice you've received should help. I've no experience of the potty pads mentioned by some responders, we don't tend to use those in England - good old newspaper is the norm here and it's cheap. There's always a neighbour willing to give you old papers too, so kinder on the budget. The main thing is that whatever method you choose, it's about training and creating that association of ideas. If you get it wrong, baby will get it wrong.

In bitter weather I would suggest a litter box or specific newspaper area set aside near the back door which baby will associate with relieving itself. As SOON as it has eaten or drunk, and I mean immediately, not in a minute's time, take it there and praise it lovingly when it does do its business there, reducing the size of newspaper area gradually and moving the paper or tray to outside the door as soon as the weather gets warmer, and so on. Puppies pee and poo as a reflex action, they haven't yet learned to mentally process what their bodies need to do, so it's up to us owners to act quickly so that we can gradually get their minds trained. In the end you're training to get an association of ideas and this little baby WILL 'get it'! I would also do this every hour or as soon as you spot any sign that it's gong to squat. Some pups are quick to learn, others less so - but remember, it's a BABY and it simply hasn't the capacity to understand yet. You are right, too - no scolding, because that could make matters worse. Hang on in, you'll get there. It's frustrating, annoying, tiring, exasperating. But you took in a tiny baby and there are things which do go with that.

Good luck, and remember... Like losing weight, nothing good comes easy! Patience, my friend, patience! It's just a little baby. You can do this and all of us dog lovers know what you're going through.

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One more thing: I know the whole housebreaking process can be so frustrating. Some puppies seem to get it very quick, in only a week or two, while others need many months or even up to a year to be completely reliable.
This time in you puppy's life is the most important in building the relationship between him/her and you. You only have the chance once to build trust and send your puppy the message that you are going to take care of them as well as Mom did. Puppies are really like infants, helpless to do most things for themselves but not so much physically, but even more emotionally dependent on us. Their physical skills fool us into thinking that they are more on the level of a 5-year-old child, but emotionally they are much more like infants and need to bond, feel secure and see us their new family after we removed them from their natural one.
Once your puppy is all grown up you will reap the rewards of what you invest in time, energy and love now, even if it is tiring, frustrating and inconvenient at times.
The last puppy I raised, my now 3-year-old whippet girl, was one of the slow ones with housebreaking and also chewed the house up like a pro. Now she is incredibly loyal and will do anything for me. In fact I know that several of my dogs would do anything to protect me and take care of me, judging by how caring they are when I even have a cold and how they greet me when I come home. emoticon
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1/6/14 10:28 P

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We have 2 rescue Chihuahuas and one was potty pad trained and the other can from a puppy mill as breeding stock. She was trained to go out by a foster mom. The one trained the other to potty pads and we have had good results. I would suggest that you buy some, put one down in a secure area near the crate and encourage your puppy to use it. They train very quickly and that way the cold weather isn't a problem. Good luck! I bet it will work for you too.

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1/6/14 9:01 P

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Lots of good ideas there. We found a puppy in the desert on its last legs and hubby insisted on keeping him while I was not so sure. But it was me who house trained him. He got into his crate around 8 every evening and when he would whine I would carry him outside. In the morning at 6 I would carry him out again and often he would be put in the crate for a nap. He was amazingly easy to train. I will miss him forever.

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1/6/14 8:36 P

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The article that Birgit linked to is good. I have often heard of attaching the puppy's leash to your waist so that they cannot sneak off and do something they are not supposed to.

The idea of a litter box also works, though if you have the pads down they serve the same way. My Annie was started with kitty litter at her breeders and one of her sons used to run downstairs to use the cat's litter box in the mornings if I wasn't fast enough getting him outside. Then when I had to work long hours I had the dogs in a couple of 6x6 pens while I was gone and had kiddie pools with kitty litter for them to go in, which worked nicely. They weren't cooped in a crate for too long and didn't have problems messing all over the place.



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When my puppy was that young we took him out every hour, and that minimized accidents. We also baby gated him to confine him to where we could see him at all times, and crated him at night and while we are out. I like the article Brigit posted it sums up what we did, but we took him more often.

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Housebreaking such a young puppy in this extreme cold is indeed difficult. Try as much as you can to limit the puppy to a room that has hard flooring which is easy to clean. Resist the temptation to correct the puppy at all when there are accidents because this will only lead to the puppy hiding to go potty.
When you do see them go ouside give a treat as a reward. Make sure that you clean up any accidents with an enzyme-based cleaner like "Nature's Miracle", available at pet stores.
Here is some info that may help.
Please ask if you still are having trouble.
www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/t
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I am seriously struggling with this potty training this new puppy.
Its way too cold, like 1 degree here right now, to take her outside, and she is still hiding anywhere she can to poop.
Mostly behind the couch or futon, or behind the end table.
I do understand that dogs look for secret places to go, so I put pads down in these corner/dark areas she seems to prefer.
But it doesn't matter, she goes everywhere, and I am really having a hard time knowing what to do next.
I hate to scold her, someone suggested since shes such a small puppy to try a kitty liter box.
Someone else suggested kennel training her, well, she currently uses her kennel to sleep in, so I am not sure what to do about that.
When I go anywhere I put her in the kennel, its the only way to ensure she doesn't chew and poop everywhere while I am gone.
I don't know what to do.
I have only had her 2 weeks and shes only about 8 weeks old.
I am just about ready to pull my hair out, someone asked if I ever decided not to keep her they wanted her, lol, there have been times today when I seriously would have told them to come get her.
What do I do???

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