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Old 03-13-2012, 06:32 PM
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Ahh what do I do now!?

Ok so my 9 week old Cocker is starting to destroy stuff now! I bought her one of those hexagon shaped pens, but today I got home from work and she competely tore up the carpet at one end of it.. now what do I do? Is she really too young to completely kennel?? I need some words of encouragement...I understand shes a puppy, but I also dont want to get in huge trouble from the landlord because of the carpet...
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I would put her in a large crate. It is far safer than an expen. Can someone take her for a potty break at midday?

What you are experiencing is normal puppy stuff and management is your key here. Providing puppy proof containment is step one. Give her safe and interesting chew toys too.

Puppies will destroy what they can reach so anticipate and prevent access... Simple as that next time and now you will know.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:17 PM
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I agree with Tess, best to have your new pup in a large crate. It will save your carpet and keep her out of trouble.. (hopefully). Try a kong, stuffed with something delicious to keep her occupied as well as other toys. And try and take her out during the day or have someone else come and do it.

Some people like to gate off kitchens so their puppy has more room, but that still poses a problem with chewing on cabinets and other things that the landlord might not be too thrilled about.
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I started having her go in and out of her crate for awhile tonight, she always had access to it but would never go in it (im sure she didnt like the initial car ride home in it when I picked her up, I hope that didnt ruin it all)

I have a kong for her, but oddly enough she shows no interest in it, even if it has peanut butter in it, if she cant get to whatever is inside within seconds she becomes bored with it.. as a matter of fact she isnt fond of any of her chew toys except maybe the pigs ear, but thats only for a couple minutes at a time too. I am able to come home on my break for a half hour to let her out but the problem with that is, is she gets SO excited that im home that she wont even use the bathroom outside, she just continuasly cries and whines and jumps all hyper at me because she is so happy to see me... this happens every time I leave no matter the duration... I could leave her in the car for 2 minutes to run in to the grocery store and when I come back she acts like she hasnt seen me in years!
I have a boyfriend that doesnt live with me right now, but im hoping when we do move on to that next step that it will make things easier since he doesnt work all the same days or hours that I do.
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The joy of puppies.. Keep up with the crate training and getting her used to it. And then hopefully she will see the crate as no big deal.

I know this is a pain and hard to do on your break but when you're home, walk her outside until she goes potty and then lavish with her praise and treats. Your time is limited during the day so you have to make full use of the time you have with her when you get home from work. Soon she'll realize that when she goes outside, that's the place to go and she will start going potty during your midday breaks.
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Well she is almost completely potty trained, she whines or does things when I know she needs to go out to potty, she rarely has accidents.. I dont work as much as the average person .. (only 7 hours a day, 5 days a week) and I live 2 minutes away from my job. Im hoping to train her to use a bell to let me know when she needs to go outside, im just not really sure how to do that yet lol
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