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12-19-2013 01:43 PM
Kayos and Havoc OP, I think you will be just fine with Hera. Trust has been broken and now must be restored but it is very possible with a bit of time.

I too would move the crate and change the bedding. I am not sure I would carry her outside while in the crate. One it will be heavy and I know I would be afraid of dropping it. I am also a 56 year old, 120 pound lady. I would also be afraid the movement of the crate may frighten her.
12-19-2013 11:11 AM
Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
If you are calling any 2 or more dogs working cooperatively, that would be social behavior, not pack behavior.

Dogs are social animals. I'm not saying any different.

I urge you to read the book. I'm not going to type it all out here for you.
I am not disagreeing with your statements. I am curious, what is the difference between social and pack behaviors? I think there are related. Maybe people have different meanings for "pack" and "social".
12-19-2013 10:09 AM
Bridget Sounds like you have gotten some good advice. Don't be too hard on yourself; humans snap sometimes, it could happen to anyone. Go forward.
12-19-2013 10:05 AM
Blanketback OP, it sounds like the issue is occurring when you let Hera out in the morning, so what about letting her sleep in the bedroom with you? This will change the whole pattern for her, and hopefully put an end to it. My pup had some excitement urination going on at the same age - the only thing to do was to ignore it when it happened. And try to avoid the situations that seemed to bring it about.
12-19-2013 09:04 AM
David Winners If you are calling any 2 or more dogs working cooperatively, that would be social behavior, not pack behavior.

Dogs are social animals. I'm not saying any different.

I urge you to read the book. I'm not going to type it all out here for you.
12-19-2013 08:56 AM
MadLab Dominance theory and dogs forming a pack are 2 different things.
12-19-2013 08:47 AM
David Winners I'm not even going to argue.

I suggest you do some research.

Here's a good book based on scientific facts.

Dominance in Dogs - Fact or Fiction

I dare you to read it.
12-19-2013 08:32 AM
dpc134 I would carry her crate (with her inside) to the location where she typically pees and then let her out until her confidence is built back up. It won't take long before she is exiting her crate with her tail wagging, just give it time.
Don't worry too much about what you did. We all make mistakes. Harsh (physical) corrections on a puppy are not good, but it will not destroy them to the point of no return. Continue working on friendly play with her and her confidence in you will continue to grow.
12-19-2013 08:18 AM
MadLab I think Selzer and Wild Wolf said it best
Submissive urination is an involuntary response to insecurity and fear. Therefore rewarding or punishing it, is useless.
Here's what I would do to break up the cycle:
_ get a different type of crate, a new bed/blanket and put it in another location.
_ approach the crate, and her in it, sideways, avoid eye contact and everything excitable, and make yourself small next to the crate, open it and let her come out without paying attention to her. Let her follow you outside and keep things calm.
I am glad you saw what you did wrong, we have all goofed up one way or another.
12-19-2013 08:18 AM
Dogs don't form packs in the wild.
They do. Ask any sheep farmer. Dogs form packs and kill sheep. Your lovable pouch is a different animal when in a pack and free in the wild.

To me it is basic, put 10 dogs together and they are gonna exhibit pack behaviors. Where does the expression of a pack of dogs come from?

Also friends of mine in dog rescues are very aware of dogs packing up and killing newbies.
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