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Old 05-19-2011, 04:42 AM
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Moving pup downstairs to sleep at night?

Currently Poppy is sleeping on the floor in our bedroom. Her crate is in there but she hardly goes in it.

She spends up to 2 hours at a time alone during the day in the kitchen, which is puppy-proofed and I am having to work quite hard to keep up positive associations with that room as she obviously doesn't like being left alone and was starting to worry a bit about being in there as she doesn't like it when I am coming and going without her. So we have lots of fun in there now and all her meals and best toys are in there and she's OK with it.

I know lots of people have suggested crate training, and I am working on it, but I honestly don't think she will ever take to it - I think it's because of the heat. Even when we are getting on well with a little training session, she will ALWAYS come out and choose to slob out on the cool tiled floor instead, or the carpet if we're upstairs. She obviously likes the feeling of the cool tiles and the blow from the aircon and I would never want to push her into using the crate and becoming less comfortable as a result.

We would really like her out of our bedroom though. We treated ourselves to a VERY expensive new bed when we arrived here and she is chewing on it during the night. None of her other chews are as interesting as the bed!

We have tried picking her up and quietly putting her back into her crate when she does it, but she eventually picks up on this being a game. We have done some 'default settle' training with some success, but she still gets bored during the night and starts on it again while we sleep.

We would really prefer her to go sleep in the kitchen, but I don't want it to be a horrible experience for her and I don't want her to get negative connotations about the only puppy-safe room in the whole house.

Any ideas?
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:25 AM
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If only her chewing the bed is bothering you, you could try spraying the furniture with Bitter Apple - that should deter her. If you cannot find Bitter Apple or if she's not bothered by the taste - some dogs just seem to like it - could you tether her at a distance so she can't reach?
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Tethering is a good plan. We have some bitter apple spray but it doesn't bother her! I was wondering if it's safe to rub a chilli on furniture to stop her chewing? (inspired by her reaction to my chillied hands on Wednesday night!).
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I would try it, it can't hurt but just make sure she has access to some water if she does decide to try and chew.
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Tethering is a good plan. We have some bitter apple spray but it doesn't bother her! I was wondering if it's safe to rub a chilli on furniture to stop her chewing? (inspired by her reaction to my chillied hands on Wednesday night!).
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I thought Leo isn't bothered by the Bitter Apple as well, then (...after he chewed three holes in the walls, a few chairs and other stuff, but that's a story for another time ...) I've learned that I was going about it the wrong way.

I used to just spray the stuff on whatever I needed "protected" and hope for the best while what I should have done is spray, then, immediately, call Leo close, let him get a sniff then touch a bit of spray on his tongue. He got it in two tries!
Beforehand, by the time he went on chewing the furniture the spray was all dried up and mostly harmless, while, my letting him lick a drop or two taught him to associate the smell with the bad taste. So...no more holed walls
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As long as it's not hot enough to cause you pain, I would say it's OK. I know some types of chile can hurt your hands for hours after chopped and be extremely painful if it gets in the eyes or nose.
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