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  1. Going to be a first time owner, best way to deal with puppy while at work

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Don't leave him with the toys, home alone, unsupervised, with the exception of maybe the treat dispensing toy. Lots of puppies will dig the stuffing out of toys and/or find the squeaker, and just plain chew and swallow plastic or rubber from toys. I speak from experience. One of mine goes...
  2. House training in Upstairs Apartment.

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    Yes, take the puppy out on a schedule. In my opinion, start with small increments, if it seems like he doesn't need to go you can increase. We had a dog that needed to go out every 20-25 minutes in order to prevent accidents, but another one could go out every hour. This doesn't mean you...
  3. Health of goldendoodles?

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    We have a goldendoodle, but not a mini! Ours is 77 pounds! We carefully researched the breeder, met the parents, saw health records of parents, etc. We have found our boy Gus to be laid back, but smart, and really a big goofball who thinks he's a lap dog. My husband had wanted a goldendoodle...
  4. Training/Behaviour questions

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I forgot to mention it is important to give the cat a dog free place to be, where they can get away to without the dog being able to follow. And, for the digging, try giving the puppy an appropriate place to dig. We have an area that is the digging zone. If our dogs start digging elsewhere...
  5. Training/Behaviour questions

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I would recommend a different correction or interrupter word rather than using 'no'. No is so overused. You might end up saying no for biting at your legs, for digging, for chewing on stuff, and that kind of confuses the situation, as far as what the dog understands. They don't generalize...
  6. It took a week to develop a bad habit but it's taking much longer to break it...

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    My first thought is maybe you should do away with the crate, at least long enough to get him out of the habit of pottying in it. You could get a second crate in a different style. For instance, if you have a wire crate, get a plastic type crate. Dogs don't generalize, so a different type of...
  7. Two Dogs ( One agressive towards other dogs)

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    I agree. We have a dog that sounds similar to yours. He's a cuddle bug at home, but does not get along with other dogs (besides our other dogs, my parents' dog, and my brother's dogs). Our youngest dog is still in puppy mode, and likes to play with everyone. We don't want to discourage the...
  8. begging for help!!

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Let your dog correct him. If the puppy doesn't respond to the correction then you can step in and remove the puppy from the situation. Maybe you can put the puppy in a puppy safe room for a couple minutes, like really only a couple minutes, because you're not necessarily punishing him, just...
  9. Puppy and adult dog issue

    Dog Training Forum
    I would also suggest crating the puppy. Of course, he's a baby and probably scared at night, looking for comfort, but that's a lot to ask of your girl, at least at this point. We have a mini dachshund and a chihuahua dachshund mix, a year apart, and we crated them when they were puppies for two...
  10. Keeping puppy off couch?

    Dog Training Forum
    In what other situations does she know the command "off"? I know what you mean when you say giving a treat for "off" seems to reinforce getting on the couch in the first place. Does she immediately try to get right back on the couch? What we did was give the treat for "off" but then immediately...
  11. Requesting Help With Training My Dog

    Dog Training Forum
    I will try to go through your list. 1. Google "trading up" for dogs. Use this for when she has something that you want to take away. It seems like you're just bribing her but, you can eventually add a name/command to trading (drop or give) and even more gradually you can eliminate giving her...
  12. Dog Playing HELP!

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I agree. Sounds like normal play. However, sometimes play can get crazy! It's the same with kids, sometimes play gets carried away, and, without meaning to, one can hurt the other. So, watch, and after a bit, if it seems to get too crazy, you can always separate them and change activities...
  13. Crate Issues

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    Just so that I understand, when she wants out at 6 am do you let her out? Or does she immediately start screaming, and so you don't let her out because you are trying to train her that she has to be quiet to be let out? Also, is she let out to go to the bathroom during the night? Without...
  14. barking at strangers even after give him treats after very bad experience; pls help!

    Dog Training Forum
    I agree that most people have no idea on how to meet and greet dogs. Lots of people, even people that have dogs, don't do much research into how dogs communicate. Yes, you can say no when people want to pet him. Or, you can say something like "He's still a puppy and we're still training him how...
  15. Dog won´t pee or poop outside

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    So, is he going on newspapers inside? If so, you can start moving the newspapers closer and closer to the door you use to take him out. Eventually put the newspapers outside. (You may also need some newspapers inside until he gets it.) This way he sees the newspapers that he's been using outside...
  16. First time for everything!

    General Dog Forum
    I understand the anxiety and worry of leaving him. I have that, too, but mainly because one of my 3 dogs is very high maintenance, dislikes most people, and isn't ok with other dogs. So, for me, I worry about that part of it, even though we have a fabulous dog sitter he loves. But, I agree that...
  17. Raising small puppies: Questions!

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    Oh my gosh! Small puppies are still puppies! I have 2 small dogs. I was more careful about watching where they were because they were tiny and underfoot and thus easily stepped on. Otherwise, they met cats, dogs, ran around, did all normal puppy things. One thing I did wrong with our first...
  18. 8 weel old puppy eating feces

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I agree with crating in your bedroom at night. I hear you about not wanting to crate, but it seems to be the best bet in preventing this issue right now. It doesn't have to be permanent. When our dogs were puppies we crated only at night, mainly for potty training purposes. We pretty much...
  19. help with a new adopted dog

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    Editing to say i agree about doing all you can to make sure she doesn't already have a loving home. Although there are things that you can try, the biggest factor when working with a dog that may have been abused or neglected is time. In order to relax and not ne so anxious she has to feel safe...
  20. Dog won´t pee or poop outside

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    The only thing about using newspapers, or even puppy pads is that some puppies start using door mats, throw rugs, bath mats, or anything else left on the floor, since they're sort or like newspapers or pads on a floor. Some people do have success with newspapers or pads temporarily and...
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