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Old 05-29-2014, 06:55 PM
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When you're still measuring his age in weeks, he's still a nug. Be glad you're at least making progress in all of the above. Puppies are babies and neither grow up overnight. You can't expect a potty trained, no whining, no biting pup before 4 months..it's almost impossible due to innate puppy energy/zooms and their inability to control their impulses.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:04 PM
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@blakeandsam That's what my mother keeps telling me! Haha. She says give until he's 6 months old. I'm not a very patient person in general, which is probably 90% of my problem! I'm learning though!
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@blakeandsam That's what my mother keeps telling me! Haha. She says give until he's 6 months old. I'm not a very patient person in general, which is probably 90% of my problem! I'm learning though!
Enjoy his little puppy stage while you can because it's over before you say poof. Sam is 7 months now and zoom zoom zoom. I'm in school only 2 days a week but lord when I am, he's a ball of energy when I come home. Today was one of those days. It was POURING rain, enough to only take him potty and then come back in. So we worked on fetch inside as much as possible. It let up and he laid down in a mud puddle. UGH. Good thing he's going to the groomer tomorrow for a good bath. My biggest problem now is what I call "attention barks". He's got the zooms but shows them by looking at me and loudly barking for no real reason. I know he needs to blow off steam but there's only so much we can do inside. I sometimes have to crate him or attack cuddle him, because I can't reward the barking with food. ***Any suggestions on decreasing attention barking, please help! I can't ignore it forever or my roommates/neighbors will kill me***
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Enjoy his little puppy stage while you can because it's over before you say poof. Sam is 7 months now and zoom zoom zoom. I'm in school only 2 days a week but lord when I am, he's a ball of energy when I come home. Today was one of those days. It was POURING rain, enough to only take him potty and then come back in. So we worked on fetch inside as much as possible. It let up and he laid down in a mud puddle. UGH. Good thing he's going to the groomer tomorrow for a good bath. My biggest problem now is what I call "attention barks". He's got the zooms but shows them by looking at me and loudly barking for no real reason. I know he needs to blow off steam but there's only so much we can do inside. I sometimes have to crate him or attack cuddle him, because I can't reward the barking with food. ***Any suggestions on decreasing attention barking, please help! I can't ignore it forever or my roommates/neighbors will kill me***
Gosh, Zeke is already zoom zoom zoom! Hopefully the Cavalier calmness will kick in within the next couple of months haha!

I concur with the attention barking. Zeke does this too. Any suggestions would be amazing guys!
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If y'all cannot wait out the attention barking and only give the pup attention when he's completely quite then teach an alternate behavior for getting your attention and HEAVILY reward the pup for doing that while ignoring the barking as much as possible. Teach a cue for the alternate behavior, you can teach the pup to target your leg, paw at you (not the best one if you like to wear shorts!) etc. Then cue the pup to do the behavior and reward with what you know it wants, you want to wait for 5 to 10 seconds of quiet before asking for he cue because you do not want to set up a behavior chain of the pup barking so that you'll tell it the cue so it gets what it wants. Your ultimate goal is to have the pup use the cue on it's own like it'd do if you taught it to use a potty bell. It'll take patience, I'm still trying to teach my Zody to bark to come inside, so far he's still at the wait for my cue stage. I'm thinking I need to use the cue every time I open the door when he's outside even if I'm out there with him and going in with him.

LOL Zody is a week shy of being 1 yr 5 months old and he'll still get over tired and lose bite inhibition and the ability to concentrate on one toy for more then 5 seconds yet he'll be nearly frantic trying to play. When he gets that way I've learned to lay down and pretend to be sleeping. He'll whine for a couple of seconds, and try to get me to play, then lay down and fall asleep. I was thrilled when I learned that trick, it's saved my patience more then once.
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Everyone else has pretty much covered it. I just wanted to say I also completely understand your frustration. I'm the new owner of a puppy just merging into adolescence and our training feels like a rollercoaster that goes forwards and backwards on the same track.

Also, to share this video which I watch whenever I feel like strangling myself and my pup (jk...j/k...) Actually sums up puppyhood pretty well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbJfukTan9s
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LOL nope he isn't broken! He's a furry little landshark that is cleverly disguised as a cute puppy. The cuteness is a self defense mechanism, if they weren't cute they'd either be abandoned or killed

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@Rain I tried the trick of pretending I was asleep - It worked! You're an absolute genius! Zeke was whinging at me when I KNEW he needed a nap (we just went on an hour long hike!) so I laid down and pretended I was asleep and he did the same!
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@Rain I tried the trick of pretending I was asleep - It worked! You're an absolute genius! Zeke was whinging at me when I KNEW he needed a nap (we just went on an hour long hike!) so I laid down and pretended I was asleep and he did the same!
I'm so happy that it worked for y'all! I wasn't sure if it'd work for other puppies or if my Zody was just unique with doing that. LOL I was desperate when I first tried it and pleasantly surprised when he curled up and went to sleep
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Jeez. You guys are mirroring my babysitting issues with your dog issues. The baby is 6 months but she can be a handful when she's over tired. She doesn't bite but she throws stuff on the floor and fusses all the time and is generally hard to make happy... May the force be with all of us.
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