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Old 12-16-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Senior German Shepherd Scared of Beagle Puppy Barking

I have a nearly 13-year-old German Shepherd female, Summers, and a nearly 3-month-old Beagle male, Sherlock.

Sherlock is still learning his boundaries, and the worst problem he has is going over to Summers' bowl and eating her food. We feed him 3/4 cup of Purina Puppy Chow Healthy Morsels three times a day, and we feed Summers a can of wet dog food each day (she's a picky eater, so we switch brands and flavors constantly.) She gets one cup of kibble along with it, but she's only ever picked at it or crunches it in the middle of the night.

In any case, obviously the wet food is more appealing to Sherlock, so when we feed Summers' we have to put him on a leash away from her food. Otherwise, he'll run over to Summers' food and gobble it up. He's done it on quite a few occasions. Today, however, we had to put him outside in the backyard, which is surrounded by a chain-link fence, on a 15 ft. cable. During this time, he began to bark and whine incessantly.

We're not talking about just a whimper or two; we're talking about full-scale freak out. I know dogs are social animals and call for their pack when left alone, but that's not the problem. The problem is that Summers' is absolutely terrified by his barking and whining.

Whenever he starts barking and whining incessantly, she becomes extremely nervous and runs around the entire house, trying to find a place to hide. We can't get her to eat or drink during this time, and when he's out of his crate and running about the kitchen—it's the only place we can confine him to while he's being potty trained—she won't come out to drink or even nibble on her kibble.

I don't know what to do to console her. Now, I know when my father comes home from work that she'll eventually eat her food because Sherlock is usually sleeping in his crate around that time (anywhere between 8:00pm-9:30pm), but I feel this isn't fair to her. Before we got Sherlock, she was used to eating her food around 3:00pm, but now she won't even think about coming out of the laundry room, which she's made her domain over the years. Unfortunately, it's connected to the kitchen.

Does anyone have some helpful advice?

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How long does it take Summers to eat her canned food?
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How long does it take Summers to eat her canned food?
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It really depends. Sometimes she'll eat it all in one sitting, but most of the time, she goes over to her bowl and eats a couple bites, then leaves and comes back later to eat the rest.

She doesn't have the most consistent eating habits in the world.

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I'm not a pro trainer.
Can you feed Summers in the laundry room with the door shut?
It seems that Sherlock has separation anxiety issues which would not be uncommon in such a young pup. He also needs to learn to "leave it".
Hopefully, those more expert than I, will have more concrete answers.
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HI aadamsom Poor Summers! Has Sherlock had all his vaccinations? if he has why not take him out for a walk while Summers eats and try and get a set time so Summers can have a routine as such! Mr John is right the Puppy must be taught a good leave it so when Sherlock goes over to Summer's bowl instantly call Sherlock to you and when Sherlock comes to you get him to sit and praise
loads and in a nice happy high pitched voice too and offer a treat Be repetious and consistant in this every sinlge time then the association will kick in

(Dogs learn through association thinking) in other words every time I ( that's Sherlock!) come running to mum when called I will get a tasty treat and lots of praise this is where the Leave it come in so he is going to Summer's bowl say Leave It and the call Sherlock to you etc,etc it's possibly one of the best
commands you can teach a dog and I call it one of my life saving commands and has in my case proved to be a very usefull tool in all sorts of situations. The technique I have just described is redirecting Sherlock away from something he shouldn't be getting in to for what ever the reason(s) might be these aren't to be negotionable either remember it's on your terms and not Sherlock's terms and this will create another boundary too! Good Luck and let us know how you get on
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Can you feed Summers in the laundry room with the door shut?
It seems that Sherlock has separation anxiety issues which would not be uncommon in such a young pup. He also needs to learn to "leave it".
Hopefully, those more expert than I, will have more concrete answers.
I would love to feed Summers in our laundry room, but the room itself is about a 5x5 space and contains our washing machine and dryer and a shelf to hold our laundry and other cleaning products. This small space, however, is perfect for Summers' denning habits (I'm assuming because beforehand, she used to sit at my feet in the small space under the computer desk.) That being said, my mother won't let me feed her in there because she has eyesight problems and can't see to walk in. She usually ends up tripping over Summers' bed, and it doesn't help that the room has a lighting issue.

Sherlock definitely has separation anxiety, and I do chalk it up to him being so young. He won't be 3 months until Christmas Day. It's been so long since we had a puppy though that I can't quite remember how young Summers' was when she finally got over her separation anxiety issues. I was particularly young myself.

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HI aadamsom Poor Summers! Has Sherlock had all his vaccinations? if he has why not take him out for a walk while Summers eats and try and get a set time so Summers can have a routine as such! Mr John is right the Puppy must be taught a good leave it so when Sherlock goes over to Summer's bowl instantly call Sherlock to you and when Sherlock comes to you get him to sit and praise
loads and in a nice happy high pitched voice too and offer a treat Be repetious and consistant in this every sinlge time then the association will kick in

(Dogs learn through association thinking) in other words every time I ( that's Sherlock!) come running to mum when called I will get a tasty treat and lots of praise this is where the Leave it come in so he is going to Summer's bowl say Leave It and the call Sherlock to you etc,etc it's possibly one of the best
commands you can teach a dog and I call it one of my life saving commands and has in my case proved to be a very usefull tool in all sorts of situations. The technique I have just described is redirecting Sherlock away from something he shouldn't be getting in to for what ever the reason(s) might be these aren't to be negotionable either remember it's on your terms and not Sherlock's terms and this will create another boundary too! Good Luck and let us know how you get on
Hi, Bigboy! You can call me Mandy.

Sherlock was due for his second round of vaccinations on the 13th, but with my dad's schedule, we weren't able to get him in. Summers is also due for hers as well. We're hoping he'll be off Friday so we can take them in. When he has his vaccines, however, I plan to not only take him out on walks again, I'm also setting up a play date with two Lab mix puppies (a little older and much bigger) that a friend of mine and her boyfriend adopted earlier this year. They also have cats, which is why I've been holding off.

I do reward Sherlock with a treat, usually a Pupcorn since it takes him a while to chew, when he does big things, like doing his business in the right spot, coming when called, etc. I've been making him sit for his treats too, but I'm not sure whether he's doing it in response to my command or because he's hypnotized by the treat itself!

I've been trying redirecting myself, actually, especially in response to his bitey, chewy puppy nature. I'll admit that I've been gathering some tips from Animal Planet.

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Hi Mandy You can call me Dave I have found that once a command has been learned properly and you get consistant results evey time you use a command you can wean the treats off completely this is what I have done with lots of my commands wether it's leave it or sit stay or what ever but I never ever wean the praise off and replace the treats what I have weaned off sometimes with other rewards like play time etc remember rewards for good behaviour doesn't have to be food! But all of them can play their part too So you already use re direction techniques!!! Introduce this when Sherlock goes over to Summer's bowl! It's just another tool in your tool box so to speak
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Hi Mandy You can call me Dave I have found that once a command has been learned properly and you get consistant results evey time you use a command you can wean the treats off completely this is what I have done with lots of my commands wether it's leave it or sit stay or what ever but I never ever wean the praise off and replace the treats what I have weaned off sometimes with other rewards like play time etc remember rewards for good behaviour doesn't have to be food! But all of them can play their part too So you already use re direction techniques!!! Introduce this when Sherlock goes over to Summer's bowl! It's just another tool in your tool box so to speak
Hello there, Dave.

We've been working on teaching Sherlock several things: potty training ("outside" and "inside"), to stay out of things ("out"), and when I give him treats ("sit.")

Sometimes I give him treats, but most of the time, I've been patting his head and acting like he won the Super Bowl for good measure, haha.

I'll have to try introducing a toy when I see him encroaching upon Summers' sacred territory. She seems to be warming up to him though. I've seen good interactions a little at a time -- a lick here and there, tolerating him in the same space. She even playfully pawed at him two times a few minutes ago, but he's so impatient and full of energy that they went back to square one afterward.

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Hi Mandy this is good news it is going to take time though and you are already seeing some positive changes! Re teaching him potty inside/out is a tad confusing so I would now gradually stop the training indoors and step up the potty training outside Again this will take time and bags of patience!
Yes introduce the redirection methods when ever Sherlock goes to her space
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