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Old 10-29-2007, 04:57 AM   #1
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Default Puppy Parenting - its all going downhill!

*big sigh*

It was all going so well. Nellie is 12 weeks old......the toilet training isn't perfect but we've been making good progress and she knows how to ask to go out. The play-biting and savaging of ankles and socks is still a big feature of her life, but she understands "leave it" and "nicely" (when it suits her). She still has to have the last word and argues crossly when told "no" - sometimes she has a growly tantrum - but she generally gets the picture.

Then yesterday, it was as though she hit the puppy version of the terrible two's. She'd drawn blood on both me and my husband before we were even dressed - him on his face, me on my hand - then had a major tantrum and attacked both of us savagely when she got told off, deaf to all protests.

I took her out for her morning constitutional, but it was raining and she did nothing more than a casual pee before crying sadly to come back indoors. I gave it 10 minutes then came back in, and as I took my own private moment in the bathroom (I was hopping about like a demented rabbit while I was waiting for her) she shot upstairs and pooped on the bedroom floor. Twice.

Each time I took her outside to go wee during the day, she compliantly squatted and squeezed out a few drops. Once back indoors, confident that we wouldn't be watching too closely because she'd "just been", she managed 5 massive puddles around the living room in the space of 30 minutes, without so much as a warning stroll towards the door or a sniffy circle - she just squatted and weed wherever she stood.

She was fractious and irritable and willful all day, we had to watch her every second and even then she out-smarted us. We were run ragged by the time she finally fell into a crotchety doze late in the evening and we could relax.

It feels like 2 steps forward, 3 steps back! Any suggestions as to how to improve our parenting skills?

Thank goodness I didn't choose to have children.

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Old 10-29-2007, 05:32 AM   #2
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Not being there it's hard to know what's happening but here are a few suggestions.

When she's in a biting mode remain low key and give her one of her own toys to chew on and calmly praise her when she takes it.

If she's attempting to bite you, don't get excited and attempt to push her away with your hands. The more excited and active you become the more she thinks you're encouraging the roughhousing. If she persists remove her from your presence or turn away from her and remain perfectly still until she stops. Don't play with her with your hands until she's learned biting is not permissable.

If she continues to pee only small amounts outside and then peeing a lot when she comes back inside, you're probably not giving her enough time to finish the job. Peeing small amounts more often can also mean the possibility of a bladder infection. They're not at all uncommon in female puppies since their little bottoms are so close to the ground when they squat.

With absolute consistency she should catch on very quickly.

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Old 10-29-2007, 06:12 AM   #3
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Good advice from Applesmom! Hang in there. With puppies, you often take 2 steps forward & 3 back.
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Young pups seem to go through the terrible two's also? As said, stand still till she realizes your not moving so she quits biting. Biting fleash can only get worse if left go. I know your trying, but this is a thing I will NOT tolerate in pups. I give them plenty of running on our 5 acreas of fields and with the dogs. They learn good things from my good adults. If one grabs me ever, I swat it off my ankels and say a loud firm NO MORE. Or push it off, same thing I do not hit any pups or dogs, only squeeze the nose like the mommy does in weaning them. When you do this hand her a toy of her own, then praise her for going on with it. She will soon catch on that your not putting up with the biting. I do not like pups to even learn to do this as mine come from Germany n Netherlands, they have tons of drive so I must daily see they get to run n play and stand in the rain with a slicker on. They come in and do quite well. The only accidents I have ever had is with pregnant females I keep with me a little too long, the pressure makes them go more often, thank GOD for my Hoover Steam Cleaner. THey then go to whelp room.
Keep taking her out, grab a embrella and stand or walk her in the area, exit same door always and head to that area. Just wait it out if she has not gone. Always pet n praise when she does. It takes great patience in training a pup. when people buy from me and email or call and say their pup is Potty trained in 3 days I would always think, Yea right? But gave my daughter one and in 2 days she was going to the door and has never had an accident in the house. Some just learn faster, some slower, but never give up.
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Ahh, the funny of puppies. LOL!

You have recieved good advice so far. Pups progress and regress, it is natural for them to go through these stages.

Best wishes and stick with it, it does get better.

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How old is you puppy?

Got puppy myself, kinda made me giggle, drop jaw and then relate lol

Be persistant and firm, I gather you have a terrier type?
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CurlySue I can see why you might be frustrated! Biting and peeing / pooing in the house is definitely not part of the cute side of having a puppy. You've gotten some great advice so far from applesmom and sheplovr. Hang in there and be patient and persistent.
You may want to get some enzymatic cleaner to clean the smell off the spots where she has gone indoors too, so it won't have the 'potty' smell to her nose.
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One other thing, make sure that you don't praise her too early for going outside. You may be excited before she is done and causing her not to finish completly.

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Hang in there!!!! She will get the hang of it.....but being dilligent on your part pays off in the end and also makes the training go faster too....Shouldn't be too much longer as long as you remain constistant giving her the chance to go outside to relieve herself She'll be able to hold it longer as she gets older....but I think her being able to "tell you" when she needs to actually go might take a little longer...
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Have you had a read on the breed ?

Here's a link, if not

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/patterdaleterrier.htm
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