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  1. Just out of curiosity - I know you folks will know! What sports (or as we'd call them in horses, disciplines) can you compete in with a non-registered BC? I have no particular aspirations to compete in much of anything (horses take care of that!), but as we narrow his training focus I figured it'd be good to know in case I ever did get the itch. My boy is unregistered and from what we'll call working farm dog lines (both parents on site, but likely unreg as well).
  2. We will try the crate games and see what happens. As to the other questions - Same crate in the car as in the house - even has his same blankets. He's good about not destroying them. His crate is big enough for him from a technical standpoint, although I can dig out the huge metal fold up one I have in storage to see if that makes him more comfortable - it was big enough for the 100lb GSD I had prior to getting this guy. He's fine in the car, crated or not. No whining or barking of any sort, and he's always been that way. He's OK outside in the yard alone as long as he has a buddy, but without a buddy he shows the same yappy, frantic behavior. I've tried confining him to the bathroom - he's OK with some crying, except he will jump at the door and I'm already needing to replace a piece of the moulding around the door from his claw marks. I would say he isn't quite responsible enough to be left alone to roam the house, at this point. I can honestly say I haven't given in to the whining. I don't find it hard to ignore him while doing other activities, but sleeping is another matter!
  3. I've tried covering the crate. I've ignored. I've rewarded calm, quiet behavior. When that didn't show any progress, I eventually went back to just ignoring him. He has no interest in toys or food once inside, or if he does - the crying returns immediately once he's finished. He has some anxiety issues, at times he's not just whining but eventually escalates to screaming, biting the door and frantically barking. The only time he doesn't cry is when the crate is in the car. I have no idea WHY, though. I've resorted to taking him to work with me (crate in car) and he seems less uptight, but I obviously can't continue doing that when the weather warms up. I'd really just like to be able to crate him at night and get some sleep.
  4. This is a rather embarassing question, as crate training is usually one of the first things they learn. My young male is almost a year old now, and has not yet mastered his crate training. I've had him since he was ten weeks and clearly must have overlooked something or gone wrong somewhere! He cries and cries to no end. He's better when he can't see or hear any sort of action, but will still get upset. He'll happily go in the crate when asked, but does not want to stay and doesn't hang out or relax in the crate on his own. He practically begs to get in his crate when it's in the car, and doesn't cry there. Any ideas? I've tried most of the typical suggestions. I'm at the point where I'm letting him sleep on my floor because I need to actually get some sleep before heading to work. I'd be tremendously happy if I was able to crate him and have him stay quiet. He's been crated at some point just about every day since I've had him, whether it's for five minutes or a few hours, so it isn't for lack of frequency.
  5. My sincerest apologies. Here is the little monster himself - just yesterday.
  6. I know this has gone a little off the original topic, so I just want to clarify - *My* pup doesn't nip, bite, chase, bark at, or otherwise antagonize me or anyone else he encounters (ok, he might lick you. we're working on that.). He may accidentally jump up on someone that comes up to him and is all 'ohhh! puppy puppy puppy baby boo boo!' excited and in his face, but he IS still learning and not everyone will correct him. I should also add, landlord wanted to 'introduce' him to her puppy-agressive labrador (has caused damage requiring veterinary care previously) by forcing the pup onto his back and holding him down while she allowed the labrador to approach/smell him. I veto'd that idea. I have no desire to allow the pup to get bitten/attacked/scared to death by a known aggressive dog while being forced and held on his back. Talk about causing permanent mental damage! He's already very submissive when it comes to other animals, even the cats. For the time being, I will just be keeping him on leash so I do not have to deal with other people's (or their dogs!) issues. I have another friend that can't seem to get the hang of discipline/correction without emotion. He's a smart little bugger, and for being 12 weeks old is pretty well behaved (has a recall and sit that are about 75% reliable most days, and a down that is about 50%). I'd post a picture, but getting him to hold still long enough is difficult at this stage. He's a smooth coated tricolor.
  7. Hi folks! I'm new here, though I've been lurking a while. I have an 11 week old BC pup, Tug. I've run into some problems with other people (all friends/family, at this point) attempting to discipline Tug, which isn't a problem in and of itself - except that they are doing it completely WRONG! A friend of mine has a Pomeranian female that she likes to bring to 'play' with Tug, except the Pom's idea of playing is to try to get him to chase her. I'd rather not encourage him to CHASE any other animals, especially not small furry ones, and his recall is nowhere near solid enough to be able to call him off her reliably. Further, this particular friend felt it appropriate to 'discipline' Tug for play-biting at her tail by pushing him over onto his back and yelling at him. This is not how I teach, and I tried to make that clear to her. Most of my family is willing to follow the methods I use and has made an effort to remember the words he knows and use them appropriately. He's a little bit of an introvert, so I've been trying to work on his confidence and trying to 'roll' him and yell is most definitely NOT going to help that. How do y'all deal with people that try to discipline your animals inappropriately? This friend is also my 'landlord' (two houses, one property, they own/I rent) and frequently has the Pom outside off leash. The Pom is only about a year old, and teases/torments Tug whenever she sees him outside. Because of the business side of the relationship, I have to be careful about how I approach the topic in the future. I suppose I'll have to keep him on leash whenever we are outside until his recall/leave it are more solid, - I don't see her teaching the Pom that this 'game' is not appropriate. It has typical lap-dog non-manners.
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