Jump to content
BC Boards


Registered Users
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Enzsound

  1. Yes, thats classic of me. I should have phrased it better as, I have no expectations, but wanted to give her some positive experiences with more control. Since they are such sudden surprises its proven hard to be completely prepared each time. Anyway, have a plan in place, we'll give it a few go's with a friend, and she'll get some chances to meet some nice new people and have a play! Yes! Learning this now as well, where I live the dog culture is quite strange. I don't allow on leash greetings, people have actually laughed at me and proceeded forward with their dog forcing us to turn and haul out. Bizarre, but building up the crust every day. One of my kind neighbors has wanted his daughter to be more exposed to dogs, and in exchange he follows my rules for greeting the pup. He ignores her until she sits, then pets her. She started to shortcut things and goes into a down when she sees him and waits which is quite adorable, and shes starting to default sit for greetings, with only the occasional jump. Shes too excited around his daughter so we are stalling those greetings atm, but he's still willing to help so its great. Thanks for the good advice, we'll keep it slow and steady, try and control what we can and let her be a puppy
  2. Maybe try taking him out in the morning when he wakes because that's valid, but no ceremony or play or deviation from his 'spot', then back inside to crate/ sleep. Start the day when you want to, I'm sure he'll settle in after a few days. Barking to start the day is definitely really rewarding for him right now.
  3. Sort of the same for us, largely just waiting to start dinner. Dinner is her most time with us with training/ etc, ending in a long Kong, after which she is completely waxed and ready for bed, so its flexible. My partner and I also tend to be the busiest around that time with work/ calls, so sometimes shes out and about exploring her areas, but if she's getting into stuff or causing a ruckus she gets Xpen'd until dinner. If not in crate/ xpen, she doesn't instinctively settle, esp when she knows dinner is next. That's ok she's super young, but we still gotta have some space/ sanity . Something to note, when we backed off our schedule, we found every instance where she was being a pest, or zooming, and getting into stuff.. it wasn't pent up energy, she was actually tired and digging deep to stay awake and find the action. More Xpen time might be healthy for everyone, possibly taking a weekend off from adventures where you can let him go through his grieving stages being able to see you but not be with you, when you don't have meetings that could be disrupted. Boundaries now are healthy, as eventually you may not be around 24/7 and he needs to learn to settle and be comfortable without you. Easier done in stages, than suddenly going back to work and he's alone and panicking. My other thought is, adolescence is around the corner, if your pup adopts some less than ideal behaviors then, introducing boundaries will be harder. Here is the relaxation protocol. We've been through it 4 times in increasing distractions. We noticed a difference after our first full time through, we'll keep it up because we want her mat trained for longer days when we're out and about. In my eyes I see it as a really good opportunity to show your pup how much you value their calmness. I could see in your schedule, his day is full of amazing fun thrilling things with you, what happens when you can't provide all that? What happens if you are both ill for a few days? If I divide up all the treats and kibble we train with in a day, 70% of it is spent on relaxation protocol, capturing calmness, or rewarding polite behavior. The first month with her it was all tricks and heeling and training, and she was wired all the time. It was my fault!
  4. I can only offer our experience as our schedule looked an awful lot like yours does now our first 1.5 months. Reading here, and after having a trainer come work with us and review things, we backed wayyy down, and our girl (5months) is much calmer and well balanced. It wasn't easy the first few days, but instinct about her energy was way off. She can run around and play and train and interact for 2 hours, but she shouldn't, at least not at her age. Starting over, and kind of building 'up' towards an ideal amount of exercise, mental stimulation, rest, and time alone got us to where we could see she was very happy and satisfied. That happened to be way way less than what we were (and you are) currently doing. I as well am curious about this. The legends of BCs are that they need constant stimulation and run run run, so I have been consistently surprised by more experienced peoples advice on here, and how well its worked with our pup. Can also search on here for 'exercise junkie', which could be what you might be conditioning your dog for. Cute pup! For reference our 5 months old day: 7-7:30 Wake up, go out for potty, 30 minute walk (sniffies) or 30 minute longline play in the park. 5 mins of random training in there. (If randomly we go to the fenced dogpark, she'll really rev up and run. Thats it for the day after that, she is very happy and tired.) 8 - Basic Obedience 5 minutes. She gets most of her breakfast after in a bowl. 15 minutes of Calmness Protocol. 8:30 - 12 - Xpen if shes chilling/ chewing/ playing - Crate if cranky/ bugging us (nap) 12 - Out into town for lunch/ socialization/ errands (about 30 minutes). Shes more 'along for the ride here'. 1- 4:30 - Xpen if shes chilling/ chewing/ playing - Crate if cranky/ bugging us (nap) 6 ish - Short walk for sniffies 6:30 - 5 min training, Calmness Protocol, Dinner in a Kong (takes her about an hour to finish a frozen kong) 8 - Last water and Potty break, in for a 'nap' 10-11 - Taken out one last time before we go to bed(she needs to be woken up), then shes asleep until about 7 the next morning. If you take out the bathroom breaks, that's about 2 - 2.5 hrs of dedicated pup time divided between me and my partner. However we often drop things off the above if she's showing she's tired or something in our day comes up. More or less she is much more comfortable with changes in the days makeup as shes gotten more used to less time from us. As well, in ours we noticed back to back days where she did some high intensity exercise, she was much more restless, so we make sure not to do things like that back to back. Not sure I have seen any example of a dog this young having anything reliably 'down' in context/ real world, I know mine doesn't! I saw a great analogy recently, every time you recall your dog and they come, deposit $1 in an imaginary 'recall' bank account. Every time you recall and they ignore or don't come, withdraw $10. I think this first year is all about loading up the bank account with success as much as possible, even if its mostly in the kitchen and quiet at first.
  5. I have this conundrum I want to train around, and trying to come up with something fun me and Indiana can do to work through it. 'Magical Portals', or kind of how she must see them... We have things like doorways, elevators, 90 degree turns in a hallway, garage doors, where she walks and navigates in and out of all the time calmly and politely, but sometimes the gods conspire and something AMAZING appears in one of these portals! Any impulse control is out the window, our neighbors 4 year old kid she loves is racing towards her! Very tall neighbor is carrying takeout very low, and he gave Indy good scratches last time. Other neighbors extremely reactive tiny dog is growling as the door slides open. For note, we're working on waiting at doors and that being an implied thing with general success (portals aside). If I had a few friends and an afternoon, maybe using an elevator as an example, what would others do to sort of desensitize this sudden overload of excitement? (5 month old pup, my expectations are realistic. However a lot of strangers indulge her, so trying to get some reps where shes not allowed to rehearse the sudden rushing and pulling).
  6. I can't believe I forgot! Here she is a few weeks back. This is her usual face at about the 10 minute mark of training, so far her favorite 'game'. I will! Thanks for the advice. She's can already be calm chill girl sometimes, but its so easy to get carried away, she looks so much like a dog I forget she's just a baby, and needs help. That's a really good point, I'll try and take note next time she's pacing if something in particular is new like outside sound/ or if the temp is higher/ lower than usual. I've started doing this! Funnily enough I read this, and I sat down next to her in her pen for about 30 minutes, she settled in about 3 minutes next to me, both of us just doing nothing. Gotta remember to get some downtime together!
  7. I've loved this forum for gathering resources leading up to us getting our BC mix puppy, so thanks for all the wisdom! My question is on training and habituating calm time for a puppy. Our pup is a little over 4 months old, happy/ healthy. Crate trained, needs enforced naps with the crate covered as she's very attentive otherwise and won't get proper sleep (as sort of expected). The crates in our front mudroom which has an additional gate, so she has a proper proofed space for hanging out in, when out of the crate, but we are working or busy. We know she is physically and mentally stimulated enough, in fact we were way, way overdoing it the first few weeks. Week over week we back off on the training and exercise more and more, and she still gets tired at the same times, her behaviors improved, and she's sleeping through the night, and no more witching hour for the last month at least. (No repetitive exercise either, no fetch both for her growth, and due to how it wires her up too much afterwards). We also want her to have adequate exercise, but not mistake physical exhaustion for rule following and calm in the house. We are really trying to help her with calm/ settle training and wanted to ask more experienced owners what training methods they have done in the past with their BCs. We have done the Dr. Karen Overall relaxation protocol twice through now in increasing distraction rooms, we 'think' we are seeing some difference (?). We plan to continue that. I have no expectations of a quick result or her to become a couch potato, I just hate to see when she's clearly tired, her pacing and pouting. We enforce crate naps, but also really want to at least try and give her opportunities to calm herself alone in her pen. In her covered crate, after some activity, she's out like a light. More recently we have been putting her in her ex pen, hoping to better instill that outside the crate when she's awake, there's not always something to do. We are seeing mixed success there, she's obviously very visually stimulated so if she starts to drift off or lays calmly and one of us moves around, she's back up, standing and staring. We praise and reward calm behaviors when we see them, and even her overtiredness isn't super terrible or bitey anymore. We ignore bad behaviors like whining and jumping at the door etc, and they are becoming less and less frequent. I wouldn't put her in the hyperactive 'oh my god my puppy is insane' category (yet ), she just needs a little help, or maybe I am expecting too much so early? Even on her most enforced nap days, she's not getting the recommended 18 hrs of sleep. This largely due to our (maybe naive) attempt at making sure everyday she's around us while we are too busy for her for some portion of the day so her life isn't just 'covered crate or activity with us'. This has led to her having large sections of time where she needs to calm or self occupy, and some days she's great, some days she's quite fussy about it. Nagging the back of my brain is that ignoring her to train her also feels like neglecting her, any tips?
  • Create New...