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This is a discussion on Incorrigible puppy within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Originally Posted by Tess You mentioned you are tethering her at night? If you do not have a crate, I would highly recommend one. Get ...

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:26 PM
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You mentioned you are tethering her at night? If you do not have a crate, I would highly recommend one. Get one that she will be able to use as a full sized dog. Its important you have somewhere to put her where she absolutely cannot get hurt or destroy anything. Crates are puppy life savers as well as human sanity savers!
I have spent so much $$ on this dog its almost pathetic. SHe has a crate, a playpen, and more toys etc then the 4 cats combined
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:30 PM
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You have to set up a schedule/routine for her. For the most part does not work with puppies. They have to have routines to learn by. Feed twice a day 15 mins after she eats take her out. Take her first thing in the morning...take her out soon as you get home if you go somewhere. Take her out before bedtime. Making it a pattern will help her understand what she can expect. Remember put a stinking shirt in her kennel so she does not feel so alone.
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Can you describe their interactions? For the most part the cats are overpowered by her to the point they cannot get away.
Do the cats try to avoid the puppy, or do they engage her? They try to avoid her (well apparantly 1 is fed up and going after her now)
Are you concerned the cat might get hurt? As Sasha continues to grow I am increasingly concerned that she will hurt or kill the cats not knowing her own strength.
Are you concerned the cats might scratch the puppy? I really wish they would be more aggressive to be honest.

As far as puppy mouthing, this is normal and will take some time to work through. We have lots of threads on this problem!

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Really wondering now if I would be better at this had I been around for more of my sons life when he was little.
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You have to set up a schedule/routine for her. For the most part does not work with puppies. They have to have routines to learn by. Feed twice a day 15 mins after she eats take her out. Take her first thing in the morning...take her out soon as you get home if you go somewhere. Take her out before bedtime. Making it a pattern will help her understand what she can expect. Remember put a stinking shirt in her kennel so she does not feel so alone.
Check, don't do anything except take care of the puppy.

Boy what a collasal mistake getting her was I guess.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:37 PM
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No that is not the point. Have a life just make a routine for her in your life. It is not that hard. Puppies are more demanding then an older dog, but they do learn when given a routine to go by.
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If I am expected to take her out every 30-60 mins and 15 mins after each meal and keep her on a leesh at all times when am I supposed to have time to do anything else?

With that schedule I almost would rather adopt a human baby.
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I do have the greatroom blocked off so she can't get into the front 2 bedrooms or the master suite. I guess thats not good enough. If I keep her in her crate when she is not actively being watched isn't that tantemount to punishment which may cause her to dispise her crate??
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I just don't get how I am supposed to bond with her when as the days pass I almost find myself dispising her more and more.

The GF is trying to do the brunt of the training but when she is not home I almost find reasons not to come home because I will be left alone with the puppy.
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Bonding happens with quality time not quantity. Kenneling her or baby gating her in a room will not be seen as punishment if she has plenty of things to keep her busy. If you have a large space blocked off for her and she is doing ok in it then it is good enough.
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I know it can get frustrating, however the more you get frustrated with her the more she is going to get frustrated because she does not understand. When ever you feel upset it is best not to deal with it at that time. Take a moment to breath away from her to help calm your nerves..
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