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Old 10-29-2007, 10:19 AM   #1
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Hi, I have a puppy (6 months old) we have only had him 2 days but I have a few questions.

1) I work full time and my partner is only there for the afternoons. We have to put chip in a room (which is paper lined) with water and bedding while we are out to stop any mistakes or accidents. When we close the door his yelping and scratching at the door is heartbreaking. Is this normal? Can we do anything about this? Also he wont go in the room anymore as he knows when he goes in there we are going out!

2) He tends to pull on the lead and jump up alot (which is intimidating for people who dont know him!). Are there any steps I can take to prevent this?

3) I went home at lunch today took him for a walk and he saw another dog, now my last dog would almost hide but chip started to yelp and bark and try to run towards the dog. I sat him down imediatly and made him stay until the dog passed by, is this correct?

Sorry for all the questions but I'm a little nervous I've never had a you pup my last was 6 and fully trained.

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Old 10-29-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hi, I have a puppy (6 months old) we have only had him 2 days but I have a few questions.

1) I work full time and my partner is only there for the afternoons. We have to put chip in a room (which is paper lined) with water and bedding while we are out to stop any mistakes or accidents. When we close the door his yelping and scratching at the door is heartbreaking. Is this normal? Can we do anything about this? Also he wont go in the room anymore as he knows when he goes in there we are going out!
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Yes the yelping and scratching are normal, it is seperation anxiety and there are a few things you can do the help your pup through this. Try leaving a radio on playing softly so he feels there are people there and do not acknowledge the yelping, if you do acknowledge it you run the risk of teaching him it is OK to bark and yelp because it makes you come to him. Here is a thread on Seperation Anxiety that will help you:


http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=3937

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2) He tends to pull on the lead and jump up alot (which is intimidating for people who dont know him!). Are there any steps I can take to prevent this?
Just posted this thread yesterday and it will help you with this problem:


http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=14031


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3) I went home at lunch today took him for a walk and he saw another dog, now my last dog would almost hide but chip started to yelp and bark and try to run towards the dog. I sat him down imediatly and made him stay until the dog passed by, is this correct?

Yes; what you did was correct but use loads of praise so he knows he did what was right.

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Old 10-29-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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Hmm, forgot to add, it is a goodtime to enroll in obedience classes. It is a great way for your pup to learn, you to learn and the puppy will get precious socialization time with other dogs and people. Best wishes.

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Old 10-29-2007, 10:38 AM   #4
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Hi ChipsOwner and welcome to the forum! It sounds like you have your hands full there and have recognized some common puppy problems!
If your pup is already six months old, he is not quite a tiny puppy anymore, so wherever he was before and how he was treated will have a lot to do with his behavior.
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The yelping and whining is telling you that he really does not want to be left alone. If you can, try to find a way to train him to accept your coming and going. I know it's hard if you are working full time, but start with short times. Leave for ten minutes and don't return if he is carrying on-you don't want to reward him by giving him the idea that if only he keeps it up, you'll come back. See, he's figured out that you putting him into the room means you are about to leave, and he does not like that one bit.

To stop the jumping, try ignoring him. Turn around and fold your arms over your chest like a mummy. Don't reward him by even looking at him. At most, say "sit" and when he is sitting pretty with "all4onthefloor" is the time to fuss over him. That was he learns that he gets attention for being a good dog, and not for jumping.

If Chip is lunging at other dogs, it sounds like he needs to be socialized. Do you have friends who have well-behaved dogs that you could practice with? When he is on lead, it will help to keep an eye on him as you approach the other dog. The split second he starts to lunge, say 'no' or 'ah-ah', and distract him by getting him to sit.

This won't be fixed overnight, it will take weeks and even possibly a couple of months. But hang in there and good luck!
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Hi what breed you got there?

I got a huge puppy that is doing the same on walks, I'm still in training, best to attend some obediences classes.

You have to be so careful it doesn't escalate, you could end up enforcing this bad behaviour without realising it.

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Thank-You for your advice Its really appreciated. I think thats a good idea I'm going to have a look at some of the classes available.

He's young and excited which I can understand. I might try adding a few more toys and items into the room to see if we can keep him as active as possible.

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Thank-You for your advice Its really appreciated. I think thats a good idea I'm going to have a look at some of the classes available.

He's young and excited which I can understand. I might try adding a few more toys and items into the room to see if we can keep him as active as possible.
You are welcome!!

I think toys are a good idea but make sure they are of the hard rubber type he can not easily get apart and swallow. With some toys they can rip them apart and eat the pieces. Another toy never to leave alone with a dog is a rope toy, I know of too many dogs eating these and having to have expensive surgery or worse dying.

A good toy to leave would be one of the black rubber Kongs ( black is the colour for avid chewers ).

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Thanks for the last couple of posts.

He is a crossbreed we are not sure of his parents he was a stray. So we understand he is likely to be nervous, I've taken a couple of days off starting tomorrow to see If I can get him settled in. He's a lovely dog why anyone would abandon him I don't know. he just needs pointing in the right direction. I'm ready for the challenge and am just looking for someone to point me in the right direction! He may be 6 months but he hasn't had much human interaction so I don't think its too late to train him. I couldn't get a dog from a breeder after I went to the rescue center and saw so many lonely dogs.

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That is awesome you got him as a rescue. I too have a rescue and they can be a challenge but the end result is well worth it! It sounds to me like you are doing all the right things. Congrats on the new pup and can you post some pics ? Please ? We love doggie pics here

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Thanks for the last couple of posts.

He is a crossbreed we are not sure of his parents he was a stray. So we understand he is likely to be nervous, I've taken a couple of days off starting tomorrow to see If I can get him settled in. He's a lovely dog why anyone would abandon him I don't know. he just needs pointing in the right direction. I'm ready for the challenge and am just looking for someone to point me in the right direction! He may be 6 months but he hasn't had much human interaction so I don't think its too late to train him. I couldn't get a dog from a breeder after I went to the rescue center and saw so many lonely dogs.

Thanks So Much.
Stick around here These guys have done wonders for me and Charlie, mine bad pup is 5.5mths old and doing better

But my advice is get professional help, maybe the rescue center can help you there
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