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Old 02-06-2013, 10:13 AM
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Welcome to the forum. It's amazing here, I think I would have lost my mind if it hadn't been for all the great members here. Bella is 17 weeks and I am finding puppyhood really hard for all the same reasons. Nice to meet you.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:37 AM
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@Rain, thank you so much for the wonderful advice! When she's fully grown, we won't put her in the crate anymore. Its mainly because shes so young and playful (and she likes biting the plants in our backyard) so we can't let her roaming around the garden, eating all my grandma's hard work.

Any more advice for young pups would be great. Thanks again
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Oh look, I just saw my name mentioned in this thread. ^_^

We do a LOT of fetch to wear him out. Hubby decided it would be a genius idea to braid some of my crochet yarn together into a rope and tie it to his stuffed animals. This way, we can throw and retrieve if the puppy doesn't get it so we can be lazy and wear him out at the same time. xD

Orion is a low energy dog most of the time, but he does get talkative when we pen him in his "room" (it's a 10' x 10' room with a baby gate close off). The main thing, I think, is making sure he doesn't SEE you once you pen him up (to go to bed, etc). We don't like him out when we're eating, for example. That helped a lot, at first, before he realized we were just hiding. Once that happened, we decided to make his pen-time fun time for him. We let him eat in there when we eat dinner, which distracts him at first and then he tuckers himself out.

We try not to pen him much, though, when were are home/awake. The only time he goes there when we are is when we're eating. =)

ETA: As far as pottying: There are movements that Orion does ONLY when he's looking for a place to pee. I don't let him out of my sight when he's out of his pen. When he wakes up from a nap - he goes right out. When he drinks, he goes out. It gets really repetitious, but it works pretty well.

Biting.. is harder. I've found that the re-direct method has been working the best. When he bites me, I grab a toy and start playing with him like that. Then he focusing his biting onto the toy rather then me. If he persists in biting me, I generally get into my recliner and put my feet up so he can't reach me at all. That works pretty well, too. =) I found that the "turn around and ignore" method wasn't working, 'cause the little bugger would just bite my feet/legs/etc.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:17 PM
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Sheesh....could your pup be any more endearing!!!!
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Talos is a major biter, so it helps to teach the command leave it so that when he's going in for the chomp, I say leave it, and 9/10 times unless it's almost bedtime, he'll back off and give me a sort of grumpy "you ruined my fun" look.

Invest in a flirt pole! It's a toy tied to like...a pvc pipe with a rope. Puppies love chasing things usually, so it's a really good way to burn some energy.

I cannot stress this enough as a person with a high drive/high energy puppy (twelve weeks tomorrow), but mental stimulation works far better with tiring out my puppy. He's knocked out right now and ONLY because I took him to Lowe's today to get some socialization with people who aren't dog people (I'm teaching him to ignore strangers as opposed to actively greet them without my say so) and to practice his commands with distractions and because we learned TWO new things today. I've had exactly one day where I thought I could skip training. Never again. @[email protected]

Puzzle food balls are a favorite of his, and that too can do wonders on working off some of that puppy energy. Sometimes even simple things can work off that excess energy, but Talos will go and go and go without sleeping until I put him down for a nap/bedtime. The only thing that gets him to sleep as soon as I put him down, is a long hard day of thinking.

Also, too much crate time is no good because the puppy will get restless and bored, but at the same time, don't be afraid to put him away if you need to get something done, or if he needs some time to just chill out. Make sure you properly introduce the crate, of course, so he doesn't see it as punishment and instead regards it as a time/place to relax.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:16 AM
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Tbh he's never in his crate ad he's not been left alone yet.

He hates his crate and he did from day 1, he prefers the sofa and bed, we are over the biting and snapping stage nearly, though he trys but much softly then before, he's really improving.

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Can you use a flirt pole in the house?
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:20 AM
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Also he can't go out for a couple of days as he's cut his pads on his paws from pavement walking so I am cleaning them up.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:41 AM
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Oh! I was responding to terribletwos, actually. Sorry! XD

As far as hating his crate...you have to teach a dog to like its crate, but not everyone crate trains so if he doesn't go in there and you don't want him to, it's not a problem.

You can use a flirt pole in the house, absolutely! There are different sizes, and of course they're an easy DIY project, so you can pick the size that's appropriate to you.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:16 PM
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Your post made me laugh. Wait until you have human baby. Your puppy is just warming you up.
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