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Old 08-16-2015, 01:02 AM
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I have an (almost) 6 month old Alaskan Klee Kai puppy. She has had separation anxiety from day one. It gets better and better as she gets older, and she's able to stay home alone without whining. Caring for her is exactly what I expected before getting her, but I need help with a few things...

1. Potty training!
she has DEFINITELY gotten better at using the bathroom outside. She even knows the command "outside" and when I say it she grabs her leash and runs to the door and waits for me. However, she still has accidents around the house sometimes even on days when i take her out every two hours. I have tried urine eliminators to completely remove the smell, but she still goes out of habit. I decided to finally use crate training as a method. She doesn't mind being in there as long as i am in the same room or she has a sight of me, but as soon as i am out of her sight she begins to whine and does not stop. She also has a habit of pooping in her crate when she wakes up in the morning, and whining about it until I clean it up.

2. Nibbling!
She began nipping at peoples hands when she started losing her teeth, and as she got older it is getting worse. I try to correct her and put a toy in her mouth instead of my hand. It works for the moment however she just goes back to chewing hands and nipping on toes sometimes. I am desperate to get her to stop!

a few facts:

>i feed her Blue Wilderness' Chicken Recipe. I follow their advice on the amount to feed her, so I usually feed her three times a day in a total of 3/4-1 cup. However, it takes her a while to eat it and takes her time throughout the day. She eats little by little and likes to play in between each bite she takes :/ I have tried changing her food flavor (I definitely do not want to switch from the Blue brand) but she still does the same thing.
> She is currently 6 months old and weighs 11 pounds.
> She is extremely socialized and does great with guests and other dogs
> She knows lots of tricks and picks them up very quickly!

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Old 08-20-2015, 05:25 PM
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Potty Training: Make sure you make it a party when she goes outside and praise her lots! Give her yummy treats and speak in a really happy, enthusiastic voice to make it fun to go outside. Also keep a very very close eye on her inside the house. If you see her sniffing, take her outside right away. The less she goes inside, the better, and the quicker she'll pick up the routine to go outside. You can also teach her to use a bell to notify you she has to go out if she isn't great at communicating. Don't worry. She'll pick it up. My previous Aussie struggled with potty training but as soon as we taught her the bell, she picked it up in no time For night, take the water and food away about 2-3 hours before you go to bed.

Nipping: I wouldn't correct a puppy by shoving a toy in their mouth. They might start having a negative relationship with toys. If she bites you, scream "ouch!" in a very high pitched voice but don't sound happy about it. When the puppies were with their littermates, the littermates used to yelp when a puppy bit too hard. Also, give her a toy (but don't put it in her mouth) and walk away into a different room for a few minutes. It will show her that if she bites, play time ends.
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She probably needs to go out more often then you're taking her out. Try going to 1.5 hours (if she's not crated) and see if that helps. Don't let her out of your sight (I keep puppies in the same room as me, or tethered to me).

For the nipping, it may lessen soon as all of her adult teeth come in. For now, continue to redirect to a toy, and if she won't take it and goes back to biting you, get up and walk away and completely ignore her. Biting makes the play stop.
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What sort of crate do you have? A wire crate with an adjustable back is a great idea for puppies when you're crate training. Make the space as small as possible; it should be small enough that though she's comfortable, can stand up, munch on a chew toy, there shouldn't be much more room than that so that she doesn't soil her space. If you have a crate without a back, try a piece of cardboard or something to close it in, or buy a little gate/fence thing. Smaller space should discourage potty time! Also, feed her in her crate so she associates crate with food, and doesn't want to soil her eating spot.

As to leaving food out, I used to do that for my dog as well. Rather than letting her graze, have certain feed times throughout the day. Put her breakfast down at 7 in the morning, leave it for thirty minutes. If she eats, great, if not, that's okay. Pick it up, don't put it back until lunch time. Repeat the process, and rather quickly she'll get the idea that she has to eat at certain times, or she won't be able to until the next meal. This way, you can feed her at five at night, take her out at 6.30, then 8.30, and chances are far less likely that she'll soil the house/her crate at night because her bladder and bowls are empty!
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