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Old 09-26-2011, 02:17 PM
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Hi tess, he is still doing his stuff outside so I'll keep taking him outside.

How Ever the latest issue I have come across is that he loves to bark when I'm not with him. He can see me through the child gate and will just bark and bark! Eventually he seems to give up so it's okay. When my mum goes in and tells him into bed he seems to settle down but with me he doesn't do so.

Any suggestions how I can overcome this?
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:31 PM
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Also,

If I let him in the living room which you need to walk through to go out the back he will poo. I have been picking him up and carrying him out but don't really fancy him never being in the living room! He will always be out of everyone's way and might be lonely? But he cannot think it's his toilet!
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:44 PM
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oh relating to the above problem he loves to sequel and bark when he knows its time for bed and im in the living room watching the tv he will bark at the gate and eventually settle down. should i just carry on ignoring him like i do. He doesn't need the toilet because he just went so it's definately an attention bark.
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On the first issue of barking... he is just a baby so he feels very vulnerable when alone. (instinct tells him he is a prey animal!)

Regarding the pooing in the living room, he is too young yet for you to give him that much space to be in. Remember, one of the principles of house training is you are building on his natural desire not to soil his "den". This is why the pup will try hard to "hold it" when in his crate (do you have a crate for him?). As he gets older, his sense of his "den" will get larger, from his crate, to a small room and then to other rooms in the house. But for now, he will consider the Living Room to be "away from his den" enough to use as a potty.

Don't worry, when he is older, he will be able to be in the Living Room!

Here are some things to think about, to help you in gauging what the appropriate expectations are for him at different ages.

8 weeks = 2 year old toddler child (needs constant supervision, not potty trained yet!)
3 months = preschool age child
4 months = primary school
5 months = middle school
6 months = early teenager
9 months = late teenager
1 year = young adult.

A puppy is not a "minidog" ... he is more like a baby or young child. So enjoy him as he is, and give him time to be a puppy. He'll grow up soon enough!
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One more tip for the barking problem. If he finds he gets your attention when he barks, he will do so much more frequently. So the best thing to do is to wait until he stops barking before you respond.... at least a few seconds of not barking at a minimum, a minute or more is better.

I know this can be challenging if he is in real distress, so the thing to do is try to manage the situations ahead of time, anticipate his needs, so he does not end up in a frantic state in which he cannot settle himself. Again, he's like a child. Overall, you just stay calm, and never scold or yell at him as that will simply frighten him and increase his distress. He won't understand that you want him to stop the barking. He will simply take your anger as a sort of aggressive attack.
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I don't actually have a crate for him but he sleeps in a big box that's lined with bin liner, towel, blanket and an item of my clothing. The box is cut quite low up so it more of a bed for him. He has been sleeping well in there through out the day just he doesn't settle for a while untill he stops barking at night.

Thanks for giving me them ages gives me a better in sight to what stage he's in.

He never gets told off or shouted at so hopefully it's just the stage that he's going through being today was the first full day in his new home.

Again Tess. Thanks so much with the help. Really appreciate it.
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You are most welcome. Yes, I did not get any sense you were reprimanding the puppy, but I just wanted to mention that danger as sooner or later every puppy will drive his owner to frustration, so better to have that reaction thought out ahead of time.

It sounds like you have a reasonably good set-up, if his box is in a smallish room, so he may consider the room his "den."

He may start to chew his box in time though, so you may begin to think of a back up strategy to use at some point.

It sounds like you are doing a great job on your crash course on raising a puppy. There is nothing that makes us better learners than the experience itself!

Here is a terrific book on Puppies that you may enjoy.
Puppy Primer Puppy Primer
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Someone around here found it down-loadable on-line, but I have lost the link. Anyway, Amazon no doubt can get it to you quickly as well.

You seem to have a very good instinct for how to be with a puppy, so I think your puppy is very lucky to have come home to your house.
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the room is about 1 metre wide by 3 metres long.

Well im starting to think i have a real problem with him barking all time when im on my own in the house and i go to another room and hes on his own he'll constantly bark for quite a while.

getting to the stage where im really unsure what i can do about him barking so much.

im sat on the floor next to his gate on the laptop just to prevent him from barking for ever. He's worked out that he can squeeze through the child gate after quite a while of rigling around but he manages it so he will just let himself out now.

Is this the time for a cage/crate?

just said to the little fella to "go bed" once he carmed a bit and off he went.

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Well went out and got him a medium size crate today! Wow! Should have got one to start with, he now weeps if he needs the toilet and as soon as he does I take him out.

He's also in the living room now which is where every thing happens and he's no longer watching us he's in the room with us but in his crate.

Because of this he seems so much more settled and has spent half today asleep!

Overall massive success with the crate.

I attempted to put some puppy pads on the floor outside ready for him to do his thing on but being a rascall he found it far more enjoyable to chew it rather than use it so I've had to take them away and he just does his thing where ever. I try to put him in the same position when I take him out every time but he does it where he wants to.
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Well went out and got him a medium size crate today! Wow! Should have got one to start with, he now weeps if he needs the toilet and as soon as he does I take him out.

He's also in the living room now which is where every thing happens and he's no longer watching us he's in the room with us but in his crate.

Because of this he seems so much more settled and has spent half today asleep!

Overall massive success with the crate.

I attempted to put some puppy pads on the floor outside ready for him to do his thing on but being a rascall he found it far more enjoyable to chew it rather than use it so I've had to take them away and he just does his thing where ever. I try to put him in the same position when I take him out every time but he does it where he wants to.
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Again you are proving to have a knack for solving these problems! Had I seen your earlier message, I would have advised a crate for the very reason that you can use it to confine puppy safely, and yet have him near you in the room. So you figured that out and puppy is much happier! Puppies really do hate to be left alone. As I said, they feel scared and vulnerable.

Crates are so good because puppy is safe in there and he cannot escape and get himself hurt chewing an electrical cord, or falling down steps and so forth.

Yeah, about puppy pads, if you can avoid puppy pads or newspapers and just house train him right to the garden, then its only a one step process, and there is no confusion later for the puppy about newspapers you may drop on the floor in the living room. Now that you have a crate, it is easier to have him just use the garden and skip the whole paper/pad thing, in my experience anyway.

Anyway, good job! Puppies are a LOT of work, but also a source of great love and joy.

Now that you have a crate, you can even drag the crate into your bedroom at night, if you choose. I always have my puppies sleep next to my bed as it seems to comfort and settle them, and builds our bond. However this is not everyone's preference, so its something to think about as a personal decision.

BTW, in case you can't tell, puppies is one of my favorite subjects. I just LOVE puppies, and would be raising one all the time, except I cannot have that many dogs! So please feel free to keep your questions coming!

And some time soon, perhaps you can post some pics of your little guy?
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