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Calandra
12th November 2011, 10:32 AM
I've read all the housetraining & bringing home new puppy articles. I've read a book about Cavaliers. I've read a bunch of posts here about new puppies. I have all the puppy food, treats, crate, expen, harnesses. I've cut my cat and rabbit's nails. I felt like I was totally ready - until NOW - the day I actually bring Chloe Louise home from the breeder!!! :?

Will she accept wearing the harness? Will she be okay for the 1.5 hour car ride home (I decided to belt in her crate in my passenger seat so she can see me and be safe)? Will she cry?

The excitement is here... somewhere... under these nerves!

Autaven
12th November 2011, 11:05 AM
Didn't want to read and run! It sounds as if you've done a lot of research and have everything all prepared for her coming home.

Unsure about if she'll be calm in the harness straight away but you never know, will you be picking her up alone?

Just enjoy today and take lots of pictures :)

Calandra
12th November 2011, 11:16 AM
Thanks Autaven. :) I will take a lot of pictures once she's here - and finally have a profile picture!

I guess I'm most nervous about the house training. I've read about crate training and have an ex pen too. When I'm home, I've read that I should confine puppy to the crate, not the ex pen. So - on the hour, take puppy outside for about 10 minutes. Then bring her in and play with her 15-20 minutes. Then feed her, and then put her in her crate - and then repeat the process the next hour. Does that sound right? It doesn't sound so bad written out here. It seemed like she'd be locked up most of the day (at least that's what thoughts crept into my mind last night). I guess I only do the ex pen when I'm not going to be home with her - or can't pay her full attention?

So - I guess it's really the crate vs. ex pen (which to use and what schedule to follow) that I am a bit nervous about.

Autaven
12th November 2011, 11:28 AM
I'm not positive on this method only because it wasn't the one I used. With mine I would take them outside after bursts of activity, so after playtime, sleeping or eating. We would also have puppy training pads dotted around the room just incase. Then we feed them in their crates and encourage them to sleep in there too to get them comfortable :) Which worked great for us!

Don't be nervous, I'm sure you'll work out a routine and a system which suits you both once you get used to her ques! Good luck!

Calandra
12th November 2011, 11:42 AM
I'm not positive on this method only because it wasn't the one I used. With mine I would take them outside after bursts of activity, so after playtime, sleeping or eating. We would also have puppy training pads dotted around the room just incase. Then we feed them in their crates and encourage them to sleep in there too to get them comfortable :) Which worked great for us!

Don't be nervous, I'm sure you'll work out a routine and a system which suits you both once you get used to her ques! Good luck!
Good idea - I'll plan to feed her in her crate as part of my routine. I'll see if my planned routine works. :)
Thanks so much for your encouragement!

Portia
12th November 2011, 04:44 PM
Congratulations on your new puppy! I was so nervous, terrified really, that I would have no clue what to do and how to train Bailey when we brought him home 5 weeks ago. Like you, I prepared and read a lot. So, hopefully, like me you'll find that you're more ready for a new puppy than you thought.

Bailey is only 15 weeks old, so we're still working on the house training. But we're definitely on the right track and he's doing very well, so I'll share what we did.

Both my husband and I work full-time, but I come home every day for lunch. While we're at work, Bailey is in an ex-pen with water, toys, a wee wee pad and his crate with a comfy bed in it. When someone is home, he spends very little time in his ex-pen -- only if one of us needs to do something around the house or run an errand and the other isn't there, or if he needs a nap and won't settle down on his own. Otherwise, we kept a really close eye on him, took him out after eating, playing and napping, or if an hour had lapsed and he hadn't gone out. Now we're at the point where we're still watching him like a hawk, but he's started telling us when he needs a potty break. He will stop whatever he's doing, look right in my face, throw back his head and bark. I'll ask him if he wants to go out and he will usually run to the back door. I'm fully expecting set-backs, but we haven't had an accident in three weeks, so I'm thrilled with his progress.

As for the harness, it took a few days to get used to it. I found a bone that smells and tastes like peanut butter. He gets to chew on it only when he has his harness on -- it really helped him forget he was even wearing the harness. Now, he doesn't mind having it and the lead on. But he hated the process of getting it on and fights me. I'm hoping that gets easier in time though.

Congrats again. And have fun!

Calandra
13th November 2011, 12:37 AM
Congratulations on your new puppy! I was so nervous, terrified really, that I would have no clue what to do and how to train Bailey when we brought him home 5 weeks ago. Like you, I prepared and read a lot. So, hopefully, like me you'll find that you're more ready for a new puppy than you thought.

Bailey is only 15 weeks old, so we're still working on the house training. But we're definitely on the right track and he's doing very well, so I'll share what we did.

Both my husband and I work full-time, but I come home every day for lunch. While we're at work, Bailey is in an ex-pen with water, toys, a wee wee pad and his crate with a comfy bed in it. When someone is home, he spends very little time in his ex-pen -- only if one of us needs to do something around the house or run an errand and the other isn't there, or if he needs a nap and won't settle down on his own. Otherwise, we kept a really close eye on him, took him out after eating, playing and napping, or if an hour had lapsed and he hadn't gone out. Now we're at the point where we're still watching him like a hawk, but he's started telling us when he needs a potty break. He will stop whatever he's doing, look right in my face, throw back his head and bark. I'll ask him if he wants to go out and he will usually run to the back door. I'm fully expecting set-backs, but we haven't had an accident in three weeks, so I'm thrilled with his progress.

As for the harness, it took a few days to get used to it. I found a bone that smells and tastes like peanut butter. He gets to chew on it only when he has his harness on -- it really helped him forget he was even wearing the harness. Now, he doesn't mind having it and the lead on. But he hated the process of getting it on and fights me. I'm hoping that gets easier in time though.

Congrats again. And have fun!
Thanks Portia - I hope we'll follow in you and Bailey's successful footsteps. :)

After the 1.5 hour car ride from the breeder, my Chloe Louise wasn't able to hold her bladder (all the articles said that - but I guess hoped she'd sleep all the way home and we'd be okay. My fault.) Well, she pottied about 10 minutes before we got home in the crate in the car, on her padded bedding. So, my plan to sit her down in her outside potty area when we got home didn't quite go as planned. She also seemed scared of being outside and just wanted me to pick her up. Long story short, after a snack and a nap in her open crate inside her exercise pen, she pottied on her puppy pads. I was soooo excited! :) In the second hour, she was ready to potty after awaking from her nap, but this time missed the puppy pad, but she was still outside of her crate in the expen. She later even pooed on her puppy pad - after sniffing frantically. Yes - all of those articles were really right about the puppy going potty 1 minute after awaking, and then the sniffing before needing to poo.

She's sleeping now - and I'm sleepy lol. Tomorrow, I'll try to take her outside again, but since she seemed scared today out there, I'm feeling really good that she's not soiling her crate and using her puppy pads. I probably should cover her entire pen with puppy pads. I read that somewhere. (I have a tarp down so that it's a waterproof floor on top of my carpet.) I hope she'll be open to pottying outside soon. Will try again tomorrow.


Hope to have a picture posted soon... when I can get a good picture of her taken. :)

ashleighelizabeth
14th November 2011, 12:13 AM
Chloe Louise is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! I LOVE your profile picture!

BrooklynMom
14th November 2011, 06:16 AM
So how is everything settling in? It sounds like you have done really good research, so that is great! But don't worry too much about stuff, I did SO much reading and I still felt over my head sometimes! Ha. Puppies are puppies, so just enjoy it, they grow up so fast! It seemed just yesterday that Brooklyn was peeing in her crate and pooping on the tile and I was so frustrated and tired all the time :rolleyes: but now, at just one year old, she comes to work with me all the time and sits in the office perfect and happy all day...we go out for a mid-day walk, but otherwise she holds it and just "knows" what to do. One day...it all clicked! Be prepared for some roller coasters of "huh?" "what is that?" "why did she do that?" :) But thats okay because that is what we are here for!!!

The outside will take a while to get used to as there are so many smells and sounds that are new to her. Maybe take her out there to just sit with you, no potty expectations, and just give her some treats, some play and really reinforce that it is good to be outside. Sitting calmly with her to just take it all in is good. And you want to be careful not to pick her up too much or coddle her too much if she is a bit scared as this with nurture that fear a bit...it would be like saying "its okay" and so she thinks she is okay to feel nervous out there. Other than that you are doing everything so wonderful! It take a long time for stuff to click (I was so naive, I thought it would happen in a few weeks!) so just laugh through all the crazy times!

I cannot wait to see more pics!!

Calandra
14th November 2011, 11:37 AM
Chloe Louise is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! I LOVE your profile picture!
Thanks AshleighElizabeth!!! :) I was looking forward to taking her picture for our profile once I got her home... although she does see my camera/phone as a chew toy if I'm not looking! She and Sonny look like cousins. ;)

Calandra
14th November 2011, 12:06 PM
So how is everything settling in ...

The outside will take a while to get used to as there are so many smells and sounds that are new to her. Maybe take her out there to just sit with you, no potty expectations, and just give her some treats, some play and really reinforce that it is good to be outside. Sitting calmly with her to just take it all in is good. And you want to be careful not to pick her up too much or coddle her too much if she is a bit scared as this with nurture that fear a bit...it would be like saying "its okay" and so she thinks she is okay to feel nervous out there. Other than that you are doing everything so wonderful! It take a long time for stuff to click (I was so naive, I thought it would happen in a few weeks!) so just laugh through all the crazy times!

I cannot wait to see more pics!!
Thanks BrooklynMom! :) Things are going great. Chloe Louise has been a champ with her puppy pads! :) It is amazing that the eating/pottying schedule is pretty much clockwork. She'll go when she first wakes up, eats and plays, and then I can tell when she needs to do additional business when the intense sniffing starts, so I know to put her on her puppy pads.

I did what you suggested yesterday - I took Chloe outside just to look around and get used to the sights and sounds. I carried her most of the time - so I'm thankful for your caution - I will make sure to have her walk rather than me carrying her around outside to encourage her to be confident there. I think she may've been cold the first day (because she shivered every time I took her out there), so her puppy clothes are functional... right now at least lol. :)

Right now, the big challenges for me are (1) Weaning her from biting my toes and fingers when playing, (2) Teaching her to sit on command using treats (she is so excited to play, that I'm not sure if she's really hearing me, so I'll just keep doing it and hopefully she's learning), (3) outdoor pottying - although I'll be patient with this one. :)

I know I'm getting longwinded, so I'll end by saying I had to let her sleep in my bed the first night. She did great - stirred every 1.5 hours and then I'd put her in her ex pen, she'd potty, and then I'd take her back out and put her back in bed with me. :) Last night, she wouldn't settle down so I made her stay in an ex pen by my bed, with her crate inside. She did cry for a good 15-20 minutes. I knew I had to stick with it or she'd never learn to be on her own in there. I'm glad I did. She slept all night... well until 4:30 am lol. As soon as she could tell I was awake, she whimpered for me to get her out - and I did since she did good all night. :)

Here are some more pictures from yesterday...
http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=4004&d=1321271083
http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=4003&d=1321271079
http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=4002&d=1321271078

Brian M
14th November 2011, 12:09 PM
Hi

Have loads of fun sounds like you have everything covered and that you will be
a great Mum .All my girls think of their crate as their special den ,as having four they
each have a crate to sleep in and be fed in with the door closed so they cant go
round pinching each others food ,but in the day they often swop crates to sleep in .

Brian M
14th November 2011, 12:12 PM
Hi

She is a beautiful baby .Be careful what you leave about as my TV remotes ,I Phone and lots
of other things all have an print of Daisy's teeth on them .:D

Karlin
14th November 2011, 12:16 PM
Have fun with her! Pretty soon you'll be an old hand with puppies. :D Dr Ian Dunbar's free download books at www.dogstardaily.com (http://www.dogstardaily.com), plus videos etc are full of helpful advice for puppies as well as dogs. :) People here are (as always :) )giving great advice too!

Just one important note though -- be sure not to put dogs (in a harness or in a crate) in the front passenger seat of any car -- for the same reason babies and small children should never be there. :thmbsup: An airbag will easily kill a small dog instantly if it went off and could crush a crate. She will easily adapt to a crate safely belted in place in the back. Dogs that whine/are worried -- just lightly cover the crate with a blanket or towel. Many dogs especially when they first get used to a car are MUCH happier if they cannot see out even though this may seem surprising! I have transported loads of rescue dogs over the years, and any that get upset in the car are much better when the crate is covered :) ). A firm plastic crate is about the safest form of car transport and of course a dog should never be loose -- catapulted through the car even at just a 25-35mph impact, a dog would be able to break the necks of the human passengers. Both dogs and humans need to travel safely together! :D

lucidity
14th November 2011, 01:12 PM
She is a really pretty little puppy!! Please update with more pictures soon :D

Glad that you went with the x-pen instead of just a crate--I always feel iffy with crates only, especially with small breeds. I raised both my pups with the crate inside x-pen combo and it works like a charm. The crate doors were never closed, until they were old enough to hold their pee overnight; then I closed their crate doors at night only. My first dog always knew to pee on his potty pads, from day one (at 11 weeks old). All I did was gated the kitchen off, placed his crate inside with toys and water. He always peed on the potty pads, never ever in his crate.

Calandra
14th November 2011, 04:34 PM
Hi

She is a beautiful baby .Be careful what you leave about as my TV remotes ,I Phone and lots
of other things all have an print of Daisy's teeth on them .:D
Thanks Brian! She has shown me already - everything is a potential chew toy if I'm not looking. ;)

Calandra
14th November 2011, 04:42 PM
Have fun with her! Pretty soon you'll be an old hand with puppies. :D Dr Ian Dunbar's free download books at www.dogstardaily.com (http://www.dogstardaily.com), plus videos etc are full of helpful advice for puppies as well as dogs. :) People here are (as always :) )giving great advice too!

Just one important note though -- be sure not to put dogs (in a harness or in a crate) in the front passenger seat of any car -- for the same reason babies and small children should never be there. :thmbsup: An airbag will easily kill a small dog instantly if it went off and could crush a crate. She will easily adapt to a crate safely belted in place in the back. Dogs that whine/are worried -- just lightly cover the crate with a blanket or towel. Many dogs especially when they first get used to a car are MUCH happier if they cannot see out even though this may seem surprising! I have transported loads of rescue dogs over the years, and any that get upset in the car are much better when the crate is covered :) ). A firm plastic crate is about the safest form of car transport and of course a dog should never be loose -- catapulted through the car even at just a 25-35mph impact, a dog would be able to break the necks of the human passengers. Both dogs and humans need to travel safely together! :D
Thanks Karlin! :) I downloaded several books you recommended (all the names are running together now), and they were a huge help so thank you for your wealth of information. Love this blog! :)

Okay - that crushed images I had of Chloe and I riding side by side in my car with her head out of the window. When I brought her home from the breeder, I had her in her crate (a hard plastic one), seat belted in the passenger seat so she could see me. I was thinking of eventually getting one of those puppy booster seats so she can easily see out of the window. *Sigh* I will redo my day dreams and make the back seat Chloe's domain. You caught me just in time, Karlin, before I made the front seat a habit. Thank you. :)

Calandra
14th November 2011, 04:48 PM
She is a really pretty little puppy!! Please update with more pictures soon :D

Glad that you went with the x-pen instead of just a crate--I always feel iffy with crates only, especially with small breeds. I raised both my pups with the crate inside x-pen combo and it works like a charm. The crate doors were never closed, until they were old enough to hold their pee overnight; then I closed their crate doors at night only. My first dog always knew to pee on his potty pads, from day one (at 11 weeks old). All I did was gated the kitchen off, placed his crate inside with toys and water. He always peed on the potty pads, never ever in his crate.
Thanks Lucidity! :) I'm doing exactly what you did - the door is off of Chloe's crate, and it's inside her expen. I have started covering the entire floor in there with puppy pads... until her aim is a little bit better. :) Did your first dog have trouble transitioning to pottying outside? I can't even imagine Chloe pottying outside at this point. I should buy stock in puppy pads... ;)

Portia
14th November 2011, 07:07 PM
Chloe is absolutely precious! :l*v: And it sounds like you're doing great! Bailey was a little nervous outside at first, too -- like BrooklynMom said, too many new smells and sounds. There are so many new things and firsts for our little angels when we first bring them home. No wonder they're a little nervous! As it's already been suggested, just spending some time outside with no expectations of pottying will help. In no time Chloe will be dying to get outside whenever she can to play!

I can't wait to see more pictures! ;)

Portia
14th November 2011, 07:19 PM
Oh...one more thing...I could not get Bailey to learn the sit command no matter how hard I tried because he was always too playful and unfocused. We just started Puppy Kindergarten last week and the trainer started us off with the "Look" command. His reason for this is because you can't train a dog who is not paying attention to you and this command gets them focused on you. We've been working on it all week and Bailey's doing pretty well. This Wednesday we move onto "sit."

Here's how you do it if you want to try: Since our pups are so small, you can start on your knees. Hold a high-value, quickly eatable treat pinched between your fingers so that Chloe can see, smell, lick and taste it, but don't let her have it yet. When she's really into the treat, quickly move your hand up to the bridge of your nose and say "Chloe, Look!" When she looks up at you, give her the treat and say "Good Look" really excitedly -- praise, praise, praise! If she has a hard time realizing you moved the treat up to the bridge of your nose, slow down the movement so she can follow your hand and ends up looking up at your face. Once she reliably does it while you're on your knees, move to doing it while standing and have her look up to you. According to my trainer, it's also good to randomly reward for spontaneous looks too -- i.e. if Chloe is in her pen playing and stops to look at you (up at your face, not just generally at you) when you come into the room, say "Good look" and give her a treat and/or praise. He says it helps to reinforce the word/command association and that it's good to train the dog to focus on you as often as possible, ready for a command.

Well...I've written enough. I hope this helps!

Calandra
14th November 2011, 07:20 PM
Chloe is absolutely precious! :l*v: And it sounds like you're doing great! Bailey was a little nervous outside at first, too -- like BrooklynMom said, too many new smells and sounds. There are so many new things and firsts for our little angels when we first bring them home. No wonder they're a little nervous! As it's already been suggested, just spending some time outside with no expectations of pottying will help. In no time Chloe will be dying to get outside whenever she can to play!

I can't wait to see more pictures! ;)
Thanks Portia! I will say - it's nice to be in a place where everyone likes to see our puppy pictures! I know I'll drive my coworkers and family crazy with too many in no time. ;) I'll make sure to take her out daily just to explore. :)

JessieAndMe
14th November 2011, 07:21 PM
Ohhh, she's adorable! :l*v: Makes me already want to get another puppy

lscott
14th November 2011, 10:10 PM
She's adorable. Congratulations and have fun!

Calandra
14th November 2011, 11:29 PM
Thanks Jessie & lscott! :)

lucidity
15th November 2011, 12:10 PM
Thanks Lucidity! :) I'm doing exactly what you did - the door is off of Chloe's crate, and it's inside her expen. I have started covering the entire floor in there with puppy pads... until her aim is a little bit better. :) Did your first dog have trouble transitioning to pottying outside? I can't even imagine Chloe pottying outside at this point. I should buy stock in puppy pads... ;)

That's what I did too, haha. I lined the entire kitchen pretty much with potty pads and slowly he began to favour one corner and so I would just place pads in that corner. He never had a problem going outside--I think the pads were mostly used when he wasn't able to go outside to relieve himself. At about 4 months old he started refusing to use the pads, and would only go outside on the grass, which was fine by me because by then he could hold it for about 4 hours and that's how often I brought him out for walks.

I didn't really have a choice back then on the pads, because we lived in a highrise apartment and it would've been impossible to let him out to potty every hour. In fact, a couple of times he had accidents right outside the elevator/in front of my neighbour's door, lol.

Nalu
16th November 2011, 02:55 AM
I'm glad you're having fun with your new puppy. Nalu still prefers commands that have hand signals and responds very well to a pointing downward signal for "sit", adding all fingers for "down", and combining them for "sit down", which she has to do to get a treat.

Calandra
16th November 2011, 04:21 AM
I'm glad you're having fun with your new puppy. Nalu still prefers commands that have hand signals and responds very well to a pointing downward signal for "sit", adding all fingers for "down", and combining them for "sit down", which she has to do to get a treat. How long did it take Nalu to learn the commands? Did you teach one at a time? I gave Chloe a break today from the "sit" command, but I guess daily might be key for her to get it? I'd love to hear how you did it since it worked! :)

SuzRN
16th November 2011, 04:35 AM
Very cut little pup. Hard to remember Vivian that small. I worked with Chelsea as a puppy 5 min 2-3 times a day with treats to learn comands. (suggested by agility instructor, worked well). Have fun.

Nalu
17th November 2011, 01:06 AM
How long did it take Nalu to learn the commands? Did you teach one at a time? I gave Chloe a break today from the "sit" command, but I guess daily might be key for her to get it? I'd love to hear how you did it since it worked! :)
Nalu learned really quickly. We tucked the treat in our hand so she was aware it was there and showed her the signal while moving it toward her head which automatically made her sit down and then added the verbal. To get her to lie down we moved the treat toward the floor which made her automatically lie down to get at it.

Calandra
17th November 2011, 03:13 AM
Thanks Suz and Nalu's mom! :) Chloe doesn't seem to be getting the "sit" command. She seems overly excited when I try to teach her and wants to play. I'm not sure it actually was registering. I guess I need to keep at it.

JessieAndMe
17th November 2011, 03:35 AM
Keep at it, you'll get there. Some commands are easier to learn than others, but keep your treats handy and when he
performs a command, make a huge fuss.

Our Jessie knows how to sit, shake hands, dance and go around in a circle.
Sitting only took a few days, with just using the command during normal play.
When he would sit, I would say, 'sit, good boy', then worked that into using a treat and holding it near his nose and moving
it slightly above his head, which made him automatically sit. I kept using the term 'sit' and once he sat, I gave him the treat and
made a big deal about it.

Shaking hands took only half an hour one morning while we were playing. The dancing came about when I had music on and was dancing around and he kept jumping up on me and wanting to join.

Whenever he hears me singing, he'll jump up now to dance :lol:

Calandra
17th November 2011, 10:54 AM
Keep at it, you'll get there. Some commands are easier to learn than others, but keep your treats handy and when he
performs a command, make a huge fuss.

Our Jessie knows how to sit, shake hands, dance and go around in a circle.
Sitting only took a few days, with just using the command during normal play.
When he would sit, I would say, 'sit, good boy', then worked that into using a treat and holding it near his nose and moving
it slightly above his head, which made him automatically sit. I kept using the term 'sit' and once he sat, I gave him the treat and
made a big deal about it.

Shaking hands took only half an hour one morning while we were playing. The dancing came about when I had music on and was dancing around and he kept jumping up on me and wanting to join.

Whenever he hears me singing, he'll jump up now to dance :lol:
Wow!!! I really need to change tactic with Chloe. I think I messed up about 2 days ago. She has a toy that is long and can be used for tugging. We didn't play a tugging game, but I would circle it around and she would chase it, catch it, and go wild. Even when I just held it out for her, she'd charge it, play and keep at it for 10 minutes or more. She then became very hyper afterwards until she wore herself out and then reverted back to sweet puppy to take a nap. Now, she is always hyper during play. I have put that toy away and I know I read your'e not supposed to play chase games and such. (I did that too. I would walk really fast, dragging my feet, letting her follow me. It seemed fun... but again, I think I messed up.)

She also tries to nip - well, chew really - my toes and fingers, and thinks it's a game. THe toes I never let her do, but the fingers - she had a good soft mouth when we were just sitting and then she'd have a finger in her mouth. Very cute (I know, I shouldn't have done it) - but the problem is when we started playing, she'd be too hyper and would go after the fingers and toes biting hard. She does stop if I make a startling sound (now it takes several sounds at times to get her to stop), but then seems to do it again, and then I try to make another starting sound. Hopefully she'll change. It's just hard to imagine right now.

So - now I have to figure out some type of play that does not cause aggression that she enjoys. Some commands, and then no chasing. (?) Did any of you experience this hyperactivity - and more importantly, were you able to successfully curb the behavior?

(Btw, she sleeps in her crate at night now without protest or crying! She stays in there all night and uses the puppy pads if she has to go. So, there have been some successes :))

BrooklynMom
17th November 2011, 09:09 PM
Hey there!

Well, I am not the expert on here...but I would say all of that is very very normal for this age. That was Brooklyn in a nut shell, and now she is much different (that happened through training classes and just general growing up). But even now, Brooky has the "crazy hour" :) When she will run full speed from the living room down the hall outside circle the BBQ and back again. I have turned this into a game with her, doing commands, using toys, and sometimes just letting her go and burning off her crazies. All the things you just wrote below were all of my concerns too. I remember calling our trainer almost in tears because I thought she was crazy, hyperactive, she kept nipping us, she wouldnt listen. My trainer helped a lot to just accept this part of puppyhood, train and also, not expect so much so soon. Really, Brooklyn did not start "getting it" til about 6 months, those first few months were hard for me, I was so out of my element. But a good trainer and just enjoying the crazies is your best bet. I used to worry so much, or get concerned or annoyed or freaked out...and it turns out my energy fueled hers. Once I just chilled out and let it happen, focused on my training, Brooky was a changed dog. But again...that was much later. Most of this is just puppy...like it or not! ;)

As far as games go, I think you just have to listen to your own dog. There are some toys (the Babble Ball is one!!) that just make Brooky crazy, like totally mental and hyper like you said. So, I usually don't play with them, or if I do, once I see her state of mind go too high, I just calmly take away and replace with a chew toy, bully stick or something calm. She is this way with bubbles too...she loves bubbles and it is calm and fun for a while, but I always have to stop before she gets the crazies (usually after 5 minutes), because they make her a bit nuts-o too ha. I mean, I play tug with Brooky, she is fine, we have fun. A good trick if you want her to release the toy (before you have taught "drop") is just to lightly blow on her nose. This instinctually releases their jaw...works every time :) I also play a form of chase, I call it tag or hide and seek and Brooklyn loves it. But again, you know your dog so just pay attention to what is good for them, every dog is different. But those crazies/hypers you mention, really are just puppies. Sometimes they just need to burn off that burst of energy, no matter how long your walk just was! That is what my trainer told me. So I wouldn't say you messed up, don't worry :) Maybe just play games that make you more comfortable about her energy level, but do expect those "bursts" of hyperness for a while.

With the biting. Totally normal too. They won't stop right away and you are doing the right things. When you screetch "ouch!" (or whatever you do to let her know it hurts even if it does not, screetch every time), then also at the same time, get up and walk away. Remove yourself from the game. She will soon learn she hurt you and lost a play buddy. Not something they want! If you stay around and keep playing, she won't get the message. End play. Also you can instantly replace with a chew toy (kong, bully, etc) if you want. But again, this won't stop right away even if you are doing the right thing (you are!!), it is puppy head, so just keep doing it. One day, you will go "ahhh! it clicked!!" Make sure Chloe has lots of chew things that are interesting too. Once she starts teething I used to put toys in water then in the freezer...cool chew toy and they love it!

So end all, you are doing a good job...and we are always here to help!! I learned SO much in my first year with Brooklyn, more than I ever thought I would have. And also remember that puppy behaviour is not always leading to aggressive behaviour at all. It is just puppy, and it is not your fault. :) I gather, that age will cure 90% of this if you stick with what you know.

Also, are you set up for a puppy school yet? And then training classes after? Those worked wonders for us. Hope that helps! I am a rambler, sorry!!!

BrooklynMom
17th November 2011, 09:11 PM
Oh and BRAVO on the crate and puppy pads!! It took Brooky way longer than that. Celebrate these successes...it all comes in time :luv:

JessieAndMe
18th November 2011, 05:19 AM
Hyperactive? That's an understatement :lol:
He goes on, what we've called, 'his bonkers run', where he'll have these bursts of hyperactivity and will just run and
run. throw toys around and generally be a little ratbag and takes it out on his squeaky toys. He loves it and we don't stop him,
he isn't hurting anyone and he's not being aggressive beyond a little rough play. We figure that he needs to have his crazy bouts, as he's
teething and it has to be frustrating for him.

Jessie is the same with feet, but generally only mine. Toes, socks, shoes, slippers, you name it. Funnily enough, he was doing that before
we brought him home at 7 weeks as well. It's only lately that after persisting, he has moved on and now tugs at my bootleg pants.
It's only when he wants to play and he tries to drag me over to his toys. If the whimpering and crying out isn't working with Chloe
when she nips, try replacing whatever she is chewing with a chewable treat, like a Kong (as most people recommend them) but we use
Kangaroo or bully sticks. He'll do anything for a Roo stick. Jessie doesn't respond to NO or growling at him really, so we use more
positive reinforcement. Ignore (when safe to do so) his naughtiness and praise his behind off when he's being a good boy.

That's fantastic about her potty training. Our little guy hasn't been as successful, since day one when we brought him home, he wont
use the grass to go to the potty, I would grab him and redirect him, but he would run off and only do it on our gravel or concrete.
We haven't used create training, as we didn't feel comfortable with using that technique at the time, so I think that's how we've
fallen down a little. I wish we had of, and so does our new carpet.

Once you get into a routine with her, it'll all click in. There is no rule that you need to start with obedience training straight away.
We didn't. One of the best things I've noticed, if you have friends or family members with great dogs. It's amazing how much a pup
will learn from an older dog that has good behaviour traits. That is probably more valuable than classes or puppy preschool. Try
it yourself first, as it ends up really expensive and you'll need a second job just to keep her :lol:

Calandra
18th November 2011, 11:51 AM
Hey there!

Well, I am not the expert on here...but I would say all of that is very very normal for this age. That was Brooklyn in a nut shell, and now she is much different (that happened through training classes and just general growing up).... Thank you sooooo much BrooklynMom for your detailed response. Not rambling - very helpful. It's good to know that Chloe's "crazies" are normal lol! :) I love that phrase - that's an excellent way to put it. I'm glad to hear Brooklyn overcame it, and look forward to Chloe doing the same - but I'll enjoy this "puppy time" since I understand now I didn't mess her up and I didn't get a puppy with an aggressive gene or something. Thanks again for all of your suggestions and support BrooklynMom. You know I'm taking notes! :)

Calandra
18th November 2011, 12:04 PM
Hyperactive? That's an understatement :lol:
He goes on, what we've called, 'his bonkers run', where he'll have these bursts of hyperactivity and will just run and
run. throw toys around and generally be a little ratbag and takes it out on his squeaky toys. He loves it and we don't stop him,
he isn't hurting anyone and he's not being aggressive beyond a little rough play. We figure that he needs to have his crazy bouts, as he's
teething and it has to be frustrating for him.

Jessie is the same with feet, but generally only mine. Toes, socks, shoes, slippers, you name it. Funnily enough, he was doing that before
we brought him home at 7 weeks as well. ...Thanks for your message too JessieandMe! :) Chloe too doesn't respond to "No." Yesterday, I went out and bought some enticing Biljac treats. I also bought the bitter apple spray. She does seem to be responding to the sit command now - very much so with those new treats! I guess I won't really know until I teach her another command if it's just coincidence or if she's really getting it, but at least she is sitting down! Chloe does the running at full speed too!

Now the toes - I sprayed my toes with the bitter apple spray. Totally worked yesterday! This morning she was really going for the toes, so I sprayed one foot with the bitter apple. It worked - for awhile - but she then went back and bit a toe that I *know* I sprayed. I think she likes biting my toes more than she dislikes the bitter apple flavor lol.

I haven't started training yet. I do plan to take her to a puppy class after she has all of her shots since my breeder suggested it. I'm curious what she will learn - and since I don't know anyone with a dog that I would want Chloe around, it'll be interesting to see Chloe around some other puppies.

I must say - Chloe has made a few mistakes now. My fault- when I wasn't looking at her, she peed on her play blanket, and even escaped from her pen on day and pooped on the carpet. :( So, I have to watch her like a hawk. Apparently she doesn't really understand that her puppy pads are the only place she she potty. But as long as she potties when she first wakes up, and I put her in there when the sniffing starts, then she's golden. :) Still won't potty outside though....

Now I'm long-winded so will stop. :)