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  1. I have the crate next to my bed. I have xpens in other rooms. My puppies have one more potty time are moved to the bedroom crate when I am ready to go to bed. My dogs like to sleep near each other so I just flow with that.
  2. For puppies this young, I have xpens set up in different rooms in my house. They can be in the same room with me while I am busy doing something else and only having access to approved toys. I can leave the room without worry about what they will get into. Sort of a play pen for puppies. More sides are added and the pens get bigger as the months go by. It is awkward to have half a room gated off but eventually the pen sides are used to block off low shelves and other places that I don’t want the puppies to get to with the rest of the room being open. The puppy gets play time out of the pens when I have time to play and watch and make sure they are safe. The pens are only 2 1/2 ft so I can walk over them. This teaches puppies not to jump/climb fences because I am consistent in not letting them do so. It teaches the puppy to be ok by himself with his toys.
  3. I had a barker. I taught him to bark on command. We would have barkfests. He loved it. I did that so I could, at the same time, teach him quiet on command. I would get him barking and then give the hush command and freeze. A few seconds of quiet earned a treat. When he understood that game, I gave the hush command but kept moving. There were no treats for barking as that was self rewarding. I stretched out the few seconds to minutes. After that if he started barking on his own, I had a hush command to get him to stop no matter what we were doing.
  4. I found out that my boy is so easily distracted that he will not concentrate on eating if there is anything else interesting going on. I have to put him in a crate and put a blanket over it to let him focus on his meal. I let him out 15 minutes later. If he has not eaten, I simply put the food up until the next meal. He eats just fine now.
  5. Stop trying different things. Seriously, if you have tried that many different methods in less than four months, how much time per type have you really tried. Puppies do not learn in one or two weeks. Pick one and give it six weeks before judging the results. You are establishing a communication with your dog and you keep changing the language. Be gentle with yourself, have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your puppy. Food does not keep the dog at your side, a relationship will. Build that with play and trick training. Then think of heeling as a trick.
  6. I had a barker. I taught him to bark on command. It was easy because excitement caused barking and barking was its own reward. Then after I got him barking on command, I would say quiet and I would stand still. When he stopped barking and looked at me, I gave him a treat. Rinse and repeat. He thought the game was great. After he learned reliably to speak on command, I lengthened the time he had to be quiet before he got his treat. When he started to bark at something, I had a command to get him to stop and look at me so I could redirect him to a better activity. The crazy part was it lessened his barking in general.
  7. SusieW. I use rough coat and long coat interchangeably. I am wondering now if others use the terms differently. I currently have one of each, a rough, medium and smooth. Coat wise, I prefer the medium coat. Just enough feathers without catching every burr.
  8. Yep, going on 3, turning into a mature dog. It is so weird that they just change so much. Everything you did as a puppy to socialize him - do it again. This is a phase and you can help him through it. They get their brain turned on around that age. If he is not neutered then his hormones are really messing with his emotions and thinking. I had to seek out a vet behaviorist because my sweet boy turned fear aggressive toward other dogs at that age. You can help him through this, but it might take professional help. My boy had six months on beef flavored chewable prozac as we worked through his emerging issues. I had to watch him, but we went to obedience and agility classes. He competed in herding and even got his started titled. Take care of this now and he can have a long and happy life. I also vote for the neutering as this temperament is probably not one to pass on and getting the hormones turned off will help him emotionally.
  9. I am going to get him tested for the MDR1 just to see if he has that. I just never thought about that. Bard’s litter mate was double cryptorchid and had no reaction like this. Bard is very lean while his brother is more like a line backer. I wonder if that made a difference, like his brother was able to better metabolize the drugs used. I know I will be asking many more questions before the any further surgery! He is fine now and out of the cone of shame. He really was pathetic wearing that.
  10. I am glad that that I insisted on better pain meds than just the rimadyl. The stumbling around for a full day after the surgery really had me concerned. The vet told me that some dogs do that.
  11. My 2 yr old bc Bard was neutered last Wednesday morning. He was cryptorchid and the surgery was extensive. When I got him home, he was whimpering and stumbling around the house. The vet had only sent me home with rymidol that I was to start the next morning as they had given him a shot for his pain. After watching him cry for the next three hours, I called the vet and brought him back in to be looked at. I was given tramadol and gabapentin. These, for the most part, seemed to help him. At least they made him sleep. All Thursday, in between the doses, in the time just before the next dosage time, he stood in a corner, looked into the corner and cried. It was not until Friday near afternoon that he finally stopped the whimpering. I have not had his hips x-rayed yet and I am now concerned about ever having surgery on him again. Does anyone else have experience with this kind of reaction to the anesthesia?
  12. I had an obedience/agility trained bc that was at first afraid of the sheep. Many lessons latter, he did get his AKC started title. It can be done.
  13. My boy actually learned the command ‘No Hump’. After his first birthday, the best gift I gave both of us was to get him neutered. It slowed but did not stop that behavior. Every time he starts humping, I make him stop. Every. Time. I have learned to see the intent and give the command before he gets going. Good luck.
  14. If he likes the starfish shape, Tuffy is selling one. https://www.chewy.com/tuffys-ocean-creatures-general/dp/39280?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Tuffy's&utm_term=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7Z6aiJqf5AIVip-zCh0-Agc3EAQYASABEgLolvD_BwE
  15. I am a bit late to the conversation, but I also have a dog that loves to bring balls to strangers at the park. I resolved the recall by teaching a retrieve. I would have a toy myself and have him retrieve that to me. I also made sure to teach a solid recall at the park by having my dog come to me just for a petting and release. We do many practice recalls before the actual last one. Most of the people he brings the ball to think he is adorable. There was one lady who wore a mid length white skirt to the dog park. I will never understand what she was thinking. She sat down on a park bench and my very friendly dog not only brought her a ball, it was a filthy dirty ball. Since she was sitting, he helpfully dropped it on her lap. Quin is 10 now. I do not think he will out grow this.
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