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Old 07-27-2011, 06:02 AM   #1
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So, our puppy Celest (7 month old Chizer) still in a way refuses to be house broken. We take her out every 1-2 hours where sometimes she will go, other times she waits until we come back in and uses the floor.

She has also seemed to develop a problem with barking. She barks at people (she scares them sometimes) and other animals. We aren't sure how to deal with that. We had to leave her in the care of a family member recently when we had to go to TN to see my father whom was and is still hospitalized, and it was over this time she developed the barking thing.
As much as I wanted to take her the hotel we were staying at allowed no pets and we weren't to sure how she would react on an airplane.

We wanted to train her to use the balcony since we live on the top floor of an apartment building and she barks at people and other dogs when we take her out, but all she does is bark anyway.

We have tried getting her training, and it had no affect on her what so ever. About all she learned to do was Sit which she only does when she feels like it it seems.

She is crate trained and I've been trying to establish a schedule with her. We keep food and water in her crate with her when she goes to bed, when I get up I take her out immediately. I bring her in and feed her at set times. And I take her out 40 minutes to an hour after she has eaten and drank. Though lately she has developed another habit. Instead of eaten she just scoots the bowl with her nose like she is trying to bury it or something.

So what I'm wondering is,

1. The house breaking is being very difficult and she still has accidents, what's a good way to fix this?
2. The barking. As stated before we live in an apartment building and the barking annoys our neighbors, we cannot put her out on the balcony without her barking badly, or take her for walks because she barks at other people / dogs.
3. The food bowl. We feed her blue buffalo brand puppy food, it's what she's been fed since we got her.

Any help is nice and thank you from both Celest and I.

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Puppies eh! And yet we still love them You say Celest refuses to be house broken is it really that or could you try harder? When you take her out how long do you give her to go? You need to try and make it a fun experience and be patient. It may happen straight away it might take 10 mins! Does she get any walks during the day and not just a trip to the
loo? You say you have tried training her have you gone to puppy classes with her? It's a great place to get help and sociaise your puppy You can't just put her on the balcony and leave her on her own do you go with her? Dog's are social animals and need to be part of a pack Re the food thing she isn't burying her food but more like is that it? So a good tip is after 20 mins remove the bowl off the floor a healthy dog won't starve You have to be in control Don't let the puppy rule you Re the barking is Celest bored do you play with her with toys and do you interact with her? What you mustn't do is give up Puppys can be very hard work Good Luck and let us know how you get on please!! ATB
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! When I take her out I take her around our apartment complex which usually takes 20-25 minutes. We try to play with her any time she seems willing to do so, half the time she sleeps on the couch with the cat. She has a lot of toys which we rotate daily so she doesn't bore with them.

As for the barking I have a feeling it's her not being around a lot of people. We have dog park 30 minutes away but I'm afraid to take her there until it's a bit more under control.

The balcony I would go out and sit with her, and sometimes I left the door open and she would go in and out, and strangely enough she would go out with the door open and bark as if it's shut until I show her she can just walk into the house.

I think what I'm going to try is take her for walks around the town instead of just around my apartments. When I see someone coming tell her to sit (even though she hardly sits) and if she doesn't bark when the person passes give her a treat. Maybe take her to Petsmart and see how she does there as well, we haven't been since we returned from our trip which was four days ago.

Before we left she seemed to do fine, but when we came back it just seemed it had all been forgotten =(

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Have you thought about puppy daycare? Chizer's are small dogs, but very high energy. They need to be socialized at a very young age. Puppy daycare can be a bit pricy, but even one day a week would probably do Celest a world of good.

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She needs to get familar with lots of different smells/noises this will reap huge rewards later socialisation is sooo important in a young pups life so get started now! As DeeLind has suggested ( excellent suggestion BTW ) Puppy classes is a good place to start this process! They usually have a trainer to hand as well but make sure they use positive reinforcement tecniques if they don't, steer clear and find another class that does Good luck ATB
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i had problems with princess and as soon as i throw away the pee pads and took her out also crate train her i have see good results!!! If she dont potty outside put her in her crate for 5 mins then take her out again. or u can have her on a leash and keep an Eye on her where ever she goes. If you see she is about to potty Grab her and take her out.. There is also Sprays that u can put where ever u want your dog to potty. Also Clean the floors or carpets VERY well. I got this cleaner fromt he petshop that it kills all the potty smells so she wont go again. I have not used it for a while which is a good things.

The other thing is Take away her Food in the crate. Feed her 2 or 3 times just have a bit of water half way in the crate. Its best if you have a time table..

mine is

8am Potty RIGHT away as soon as she comes out of her crate she RUNS to the kitchen patio Rings her bell so i can take her in the yard.
8:15-9am Feeding (#1)
9:20-9:30am Potty
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she mostly RINGS the bell so she lets me know when she wants to go out now.
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Her last meal is at 6pm (#2)
her last potty break is at 9:30pm
10pm BEDTIME!

For the barking is there anyway that you can cover the balcony with anything. like a sheet or, Plastic anything so she cant look outside and other dogs.
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The house breaking is improving, we had no accidents today. As for the barking, we took her out for her walk today and came across two people. Both people she went completely nuts and ignored both of us when we tried to have her sit or turn her away. We have a dog park near by, at least a 30 minute walk we were going to walk her to and each day get closer to it. Right now our only problem is the barking. We have a couple people who have threatened to call management on us already for her barking at them despite us telling them we are in the process of training her not to do that.

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Yea, we're still trying to get Kookie on the right track too at 7months but she's coming along. a trick we learned here is to treat her and give a lot of love when she potty outside and doesn't bark at people on walks. she only had one accident in the house so far.

Daycare is a BIG plus. This helps her drain that puppy energy and get her social with other dogs and people. Some places has little train programs while your dog is in daycare. Just checkout doggy daycares in your area to see what they offer. Yea, they can be a little pricey but like said before, once a week will also make an impact. We're taking Kookie to a session tonight at our local Petco for a hour $10 training session. it was promoted on our last shop cause Kookie was barking in the store. (it feels like walking around in the store w/a crying baby.) Since people are threaten to tell management, I would go to management personally and just let them know what's going on and your plan to improve things. This will bring a plus than a negetive to the situation.

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TeamTE, I had one of my Collie's in daycare when he was a puppy. It was the best thing that I ever did. They also trained the pups basic commands. I loved that place. Casey would come home exhausted. They had huge run areas, and pools. He was well socialized with people and other dogs, and loves to ride in the car. I recommend daycare for anyone who works full time outside the house and has a puppy.

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Another thing I have noticed is when we are on walks she completely ignores both of us.

She does her commands properly in the house (Sit, Down(lay) so far working on Over (roll) ). But once outside it is as if she doesn't know / remember them.

I have a damaged cartilage in my left wrist that actually got worse by trying to get her to walk by my side, she's an extremely strong dog and she just pulled on it to hard yesterday.

I'm at my wits end as day care is out of the question at the moment, currently we live off of my BFs check (it covers bills, car payment, food for us and the animals). I've tried many methods to get her to heel and she just refuses each of them. She still insists on pulling extremely hard and I simply cannot hold her at my side due to my wrist. On top of that when I tell her to Sit outdoors she simply ignores me and stares off into the distance.

When she was being taken care of by a family member we told them before we left when they walk her to make sure to have her heel (she never used to do this before the trip, she didn't even bark at people she would instead go up to them and lick the hands) I could even take her into Petsmart without worry. I am angry with our family member as it seems the dog is nothing how she was before we had to go to my fathers side, and I am just unsure of what to do now since she seems to be ignoring everything outdoors.

Now, when on walks she pulls extremely hard on the leash and we cannot get her to our side / behind us, she barks at passersby unrelentingly, and she ignores / will not follow commands that she knows (she performs them fine in the hourse.

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