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This is a discussion on Generalized puppy concerns and blather within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; [quote=Redwood;1704498]We're gonna try to get down to petco on saturday, I have enough of dad's beercans to get one or two. I'm okay with working ...

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Old 04-30-2014, 12:48 PM
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[quote=Redwood;1704498]We're gonna try to get down to petco on saturday, I have enough of dad's beercans to get one or two. I'm okay with working on other behaviors the 'old fashioned' way until then, I don't think a couple of days' delay will hurt much, then I can just go right to the clicky.

Don't suppose you know a good way to keep a puppy from piddling when approached, and then immediately rolling over into his own puddle?[/quote]

Submissive urination is difficult to overcome but most dogs do with time and gentle treatment. Unfortunately in this pup's case, your dad's treatment of him along with his fearful nature are working against you. Try to completely ignore him when you're approaching. Look the other way and don't acknowledge him at all. Naturally, you don't want to punish him for this as it's completely beyond his control.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:36 PM
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Meh, I was hoping it was something fixable. I guess it's just another thing to work around.

I may have to change his name. Even after treating whenever calling 'Sammy', the name he responds to and runs right over for is ... Hairy Fleabag Mutt. Harry is not as cute as Sammy, but if he responds to it..
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If you want his name to be Sammy-only call him Sammy. Nothing else. He will get it. When you respond to him with love when he comes to you, he will learn his name. My Sam now has a bunch of nicknames which come in time which he also responds to but he learned his name in 2 weeks of me just saying it over and over-it's just something else they have to leave. Harry is ok but Sammy is so much cuter.
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Try dropping a treat every time you say Sammy as well. He'll associate it with good things if you do that.
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We took him for a ride today to visit a cousin, who has a pitbull puppy 12 weeks old. She's smaller than him by a surprising amount! They played for a while, and his fearfulness just evaporated. He even went to men ... so long as the other puppy was there. It was like he was a completely different pup. We're definitely going to be taking him to puppy socializing classes now, instead of just training classes.

In the car he just shuts down though. Lies there, eyes staring, nose unlicked, not moving, nothing. Petting or talking to him or even moving him does nothing he just stays limp and blank. I think he's terrified. Petting didn't help. I held him the whole way and he wouldn't even take cheese from me. I hope with time he'll get more used to the car.
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Yes on puppy socializing classes! Glad you found something to make him feel more confident.

How about using the cat carrier in the car? If he finds that a comfortable place, maybe it will ease his stress. (Assuming that your dad might just go along with the idea.)

I'm assuming that your dad was there when Sammy was playing with your cousin's dog. I hope that gave him some encouragement as well.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:38 PM
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Belatedly! We tried the carrier, he's just traumatized in there instead. Seeing Sammy with another pup did give Dad some encouragement, but it also made him start considering getting a second dog, one that's outgoing and friendly to use as a guide. I am not really at all prepared to take care of TWO unhousebroken dogs. Even if he finds an adult rescue, you have to watch those for the first couple weeks too..
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That's great news! My dog had a few fear-related issues as a puppy and my friend's dog really helped him come out of his shell. Walking them together was a big help because he would mimic how my friend's dog reacted to situations and maybe sniff or ignore things which may have otherwise freaked him out. Puppy socialization classes sounds great!

My dog was also fearful in cars but once he started associating cars=fun new places, he got over it fairly quickly. Hope Sammy will start to enjoy them too.

I also wanted to offer some encouragement. It sounds like you're doing a great job but I know how tiring/stressful raising a puppy, let-alone such a fearful one can be. My best advice I can give is to be patient and before you know it you'll start seeing results. I found that the more you try to rush things the slower progress happens. How do you like raising Sammy?

(Edit: I meant great news about meeting your cousin's puppy not potentially getting a second dog.)

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I am hoping to have more puppy visits (but only visits!) in the future. And seeing if anyone else local has puppies we can borrow for a short time a couple times a week..

Honestly I haven't hit the standard Puppy Blues yet. He's tiring, and between him and school I'm not getting a lot of sleep, but there's no sense of overwhelming despair. At worst.. I figure Sammy may well just be a one-person dog. I've heard it's common in cocker spaniels, maybe he picked it up alongside the fearfulness.
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By all means, try to arrange some puppy visits! I hope you can discourage Dad from getting a second dog. An adult rescue dog can have its own issues too.

As you may have read, I just adopted two adult rescue dogs and am now dealing with some resource guarding issues. I love both dogs, but not only do I have to strive to meet the individual needs of each dob, but I also have to be very careful about their interaction with each other. It's not easy.
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