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Old 08-08-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Do puppies sulk?

We have a 9 week old retriever and I am sure she sulks! My wife and I work shifts so it is difficult to keep a routine for the pup but we try. She always has her food at the same sort of times and we play with her lots, however I have started to notice that sometimes when we come home she goes bonkers and loves us, while other times she just looks over the top of her basket as if saying 'whatever'!

She has also started to bite / mouth more than she used to (still not hard and she gets the feedback if it is too hard), toilet training seems to be going backwards and she seems to be 'forgetting' her training!

I am wondering if because on some days (when either of us is off) she get loads of attention, then on days we are busy / working she gets petulant (no pun intended!)

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Old 08-08-2007, 10:44 AM   #2
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Hey, I have a 9 week old retriever too!!

Pebble sometimes looks at us like hes saying "Oh i can't be bothered" then at other times he's like a little jumping bean...with teeth!

They're still babies, Pebble nips a lot but I'm sure they'll both grow up beautifully!
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My 7 yr old Dobe sulks LOL!!!!

Just try to redirect your pups attention if it is bothering you. I usually ignore it and go about my business.

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Spooky! Helli I just replied to one of your threads as you were replying to this!

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I know!! I just replied, whooo spooky!
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Hello!
First off, I think you are asking a little bit too much in the housebreaking department at 9 weeks. You may have some accident free days, but don't expect the pup to fully grasp the concept of housebreaking until about 6 months of age.

As for the biting - here is a great training article on bite inhibition. It's important that you teach your pup how to properly use his mouth.

http://www.jersey.net/~mountaindog/berner1/bitestop.htm


As far as the sulking, I swear sometimes they look like it, right? Aside from that - how many hours a day is she alone?

BTW - if that's her in your avatar, she's freaking adorable!!
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I love the fact that there are 2 young retrievers here that we can help watch grow up! Too cool!

Yes, I have to agree that potty training successes at 9 weeks of age aren't necessarily a sign that they're truly understanding the concept. I've always read that puppies do NOT have the ability to physically "hold it" until at least 12 weeks of age so you're both a few weeks early for that.

I had great success with Ozzy (we got him at 6-1/2 weeks) & only 5 pee & 0 poo accidents in the house but I was taking him outside around-the-clock. At first, hourly ... then every 1-1/2 hours ... then ever 2 hours, etc. as time progressed. Not everybody is willing and/or able to do that but I can tell you that I had a VERY reliable puppy as a result of that who was already asking to go outside by the age of about 10-12 weeks.

I think retrievers are very mouthy puppies as compared to many other breeds. It's born & bred into them as they like to have things in their mouths. Makes perfect sense. So, that probably makes it more difficult to train inappropriate mouthing but it can be done when all family members use consistent methods to train "no-biting".
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Oh yes,they sulk and will be very efficient at showing it to you!.
Some will doing things ,they never use to do and other will turn their back on you for a couple of hours.
When i left for the US,i left my dog with my Mom,whenI came back,her butt showed happiness to see me but she went away and sulked for 2 hrs,just to make sure I knew she wasn't happy about the situation.
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my dog took to the paper right away and he was given away from him mom earlyer then ment to, he likes to sulk, when I'm gone, sulks if I put anything on him lol. hes a big cry baby but I love him.

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