|09-20-2013 07:47 PM|
The kennel crying is still getting better. No more crying at night and we've been sleeping through the night. Still gets frustrated when kenneled during the day, but he quiets down pretty quick.
Got him signed up for classes starting in two weeks. We've been meeting lots of new people and is very friendly with strangers. We played with some friends bigger dogs (four month labs) today and they overwhelmed him a little, but once the dogs calmed down he happily ran up to them and licked away at their noses. No fearful or aggressive behavior display, very proud of him.
We went for our first swim today. No fear, just jumped right into the pool. Didn't even get his harness off. Didn't swim for long, but he seemed to like it.
Biting is still an issue. The, "ouch!" just makes him more excitable and bitey so we're switching to the "stand up and leave" strategy to see if that helps. Little training sessions here and there, but for the most part he does what he wants if I don't have treats. Definitely a work in progress.
Getting better about eating from the dish. Very distracted though when he eats. Think we're going to move to feeding in the kennel and see if that helps him focus on eating.
Our first vet visit went well. No shots this time, just a check up.
That's all for now!
|09-17-2013 10:07 PM|
|mikeber||Calvin is adorable! Looks like those ears belong to an older dog...|
|09-17-2013 12:23 PM|
|countryboy73703||also a good way to help them to learn to hold there potty longer (hopefully until outside) is the kennel, since they won't go in there. helps them learn to hold it for long, rather then go where ever they want as soon as they feel something coming.|
|09-17-2013 12:20 PM|
he's lonely... and new surroundings, potty training takes time, and whats he learn that his crate/kennel is HIS, then he will be more confortable being in there cause he knows he's safe, but he'll open up eventually, and before you know it your gonna have a hand full of energy. you can try covering his kennel with a towl or a blanket, and maybe move it to where he can't hear people talking cause then he's going to want out. Covering the kennel has worked for me mulitple times, also if they kennel is BIG, well then it might be too big, this also comes into play when potty training, if he is going in his kennel, then he has too much room, a dog will not use the bathroom where they sleep. trying cutting down the kenne size to just enough room where he can sprall out.. it helps them feel 'secure' and will make it more comfortable. hopes this helps.
|09-17-2013 10:00 AM|
With separation anxiety, we always play with Chicago then leave him in a secured area on his own, start by leaving only for a few minutes then gradually extend to longer. He will cry and bark but do not let him out until he is settled down and never make a big deal out of goodbyes so he will learn it is perfectly normal for you to sometimes leave him.
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|09-17-2013 08:57 AM|
I love his facial markings! He's one cute pup
Have you signed up for puppy or obedience classes yet?
|09-17-2013 08:51 AM|
|JakodaCD OA||he is adorable|
|09-17-2013 08:47 AM|
Just an update on day 2 of the adventure.
The crying has gotten better by leaps and bounds. He still yelps a few times when I crate him, but almost immediately settles down. Last night I took Shade's advice and settled him into the kennel and he laid right down. Only time he cried last night was about an hour after we put him to bed. Yelped for two or three minutes then settled down FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT. 10pm-5am, no crying, no yelping, just the occasional shuffle. Was glorious. He had his last water at around 7:30 and had a quick pee at 9:30 before going into the crate for the night. Do I need to be setting an alarm to take him out or is it ok to go through the night if he can hold it? Didn't know if there were any health concerns.
He ate out of the dish last night for dinner. This morning was very hit and miss but I'll chalk that up to being his normal excitable and ADD puppy self. As much as I love hand feeding him, I only have a week to get him into the routine before I need to go back to work. Trying to get him into the dish sooner rather than later.
My work schedule when it starts again shouldn't have him alone more than two hours at a time (between me and my wife), and he will be kenneled during that for at least the first year. Right now his in for an hour at a time (out for bathroom, back in for water, play time for 15-30 minutes, bathroom again, back in the kennel). The plan was to give him water at those two hours increments, do you all put a water dish in the kennel?
Bathroom time has also improved greatly. I live in Florida and it's still very hot here, a fact which Calvin is not fond of. He has learned all he has to do is his business then he can get back inside. No more five minutes of sniffing around. Can't believe he picked up on it so quickly.
Here is a picture of the little monster
|09-16-2013 12:00 PM|
He's only been in your house for one day, he's still getting used to the new surroundings
It's great that he's attaching himself to you so fast, use that to your advantage and incorprate short 5-10 second obedience training sessions throughout the day. Reward eye contact, start slowly teaching sit, down, come, etc. Keep him leashed to you with a 6' leash and have him follow you constantly while out of the crate so you can keep an eye on him for potty breaks and also to make sure he stays out of trouble
I found a trick that worked for Delgado with crating was first making sure he was really tired (have a good play session about 30 minutes before bed, a small drink of water, a ten minute outside potty session to make sure he had lots of time to potty). Then I'd bring him inside, carry him up the stairs and sit in front of the crate. He got a cuddle session then I would take two small yummy treats, show them to him and toss one inside the crate while saying "bed" and allow him to go into the crate to get it. Once inside I would praise and give the second treat, petting and talking to him until he lay down and was sleepy (usually only took 10-30 seconds) then I would quietly close the door and sit beside the crate not making eye contact or talking, sometimes I would hum quietly but that was it. The first few nights he fussed but I ignored it and he would curl back up and sleep, each night became faster and faster.
As for the water I never restrict water but when they're out I'm always watching so when they drink they go immediately outside. No playing, just waiting quietly or walking around slowly. Once they pee, big party and it's playtime, then hopefully another pee and then back inside. I try to encourage them to potty right away, so if the praise is going back inside or playing (whichever is higher value for the dog) it doesn't happen until they've pottied. I use the command "go pee" right from the start so they get used to doing it on command, very useful for everyday life.
Boys can't empty their bladders with the same efficiency as girls, even now Delgado sometimes pees twice (not marking) and Jazzy just pees once for their bathroom break. It's something I've always noticed with owning both male and female dogs. If he just drank a lot or seemed to just have a little pee I would wait another little bit to see if he goes again. As he gets older the bladder control gets much better and it'll get easier
I would just leave the food down for 10-15 minutes then pick it back up once he's finished or lost interest. If the water bowl isn't scaring him I don't see why the food bowl would if it's the same type of bowl.
Don't forget to post photos of Calvin!
|09-16-2013 11:42 AM|
The howling can be rough in the beginning. But you have to let him get through it without 'rescuing' him from the kennel when he cries. Put a shirt or something with your scent on it in his kennell should help. As for food, they can be fickle eating great one meal, being disinterested the next. I swear my pup would see his reflection in the bowl and get spooked! Maybe try a different bowl? Bathroom breaks: walk him to his spot and keep him there a couple minutes if it seems like he isn't finished. Eventually he will figure it out. A lot of it us timing. As for toys? A matter of finding something he likes without overwhelming him. Good luck!
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