|08-17-2014 10:56 PM|
|njk||Our girl was a shocking crier. Our old vet said to me she is so vocal there's no way she would ever stop, she would be like that forever and to get used to it. But as much as it wrenched my heart, I ignored her. And it actually didn't take long for her to pick up 'okay, crying doesn't work, let me try something else' and she moved onto barking. I didn't like that either and so she eventually tried lifting her paw and scratching on the fly screen. I didn't mind that and so that's what we settled on. This didn't happen all in one day mind you, I just didn't let her in when she cried or barked - I'd let her in when she was silent for an extended period of time. But obviously she knew she had to find a way to let me know she was there.|
|08-17-2014 09:53 AM|
you can help your dog accept periods of separation by crate training him so that he is a well adjusted dog able to be with and away from you.
from a safety standpoint you don't want the dog diving into the pool whenever he wants .
If you have guests , children or people who are marginal swimmers , having a dog in the water could be a distraction, or worse.
Pool party in the neighbourhood , one of the kids had scalp damage when a hair in a pony tail became a tug toy for the dogs . Or the dog can scratch up a back easily.
Create kennel with some nice landscaping where the dog will learn to be happy by himself for periods of time - even if they are able to see you.
When in the pool he can chill out in the kennel.
When YOU are ready you invite the dog in to join you or have a free swim by himself.
When he is wet , let him shake off and put him in the kennel to dry out. You bring him out when YOU are ready, not when whining or crying . You don't want to encourage this - pay no attention , he'll soon learn it is non-productive and stop doing it.
|08-17-2014 08:47 AM|
|Stosh||You could try giving him a Kong filled with peanut butter so he'll stay busy while he dries off and learns to be outside alone|
|08-17-2014 07:31 AM|
|08-17-2014 07:21 AM|
|ksotto333||I'm teaching my five month old quiet before she goes out. Her whining and barking starts as soon as I let her out of her crate each morning.I have her sit and she has to be quiet before she can join the others outside. But boy she can be so loud before I get that silence. Right now I don't make her hold it long but at least she knows what I want. You could have her sit, go just inside the door,give her a treat as soon as she quiets,work up to longer silent times. This pup of ours is so noisy compared to our older dog.|
|08-17-2014 12:51 AM|
There aren't any swords or knives laying on the ground, I promise
|08-16-2014 10:22 PM|
The blower is invaluable if you have a pool.
I use it daily on Hans even if he doesn't swim. Gets rid of loose hair,dust, dander, fluffs and refreshes the coat.
|08-16-2014 10:21 PM|
oh yea, get the dryer!!!
and yes, not a fan AT ALL of leaving dogs out alone. way too many things can happen. and happen in an INSTANT. just not worth it to me to take a chance, have heard way too many horror stories.
what's plan delta? lolol...
|08-16-2014 09:42 PM|
yeah right towel dry a thick double coated gsd. lol spend a couple bucks on the air force dryer that just blows the water off and out of the coat. and is also fairly quick. . mild dew and yeast can become real issues.
this dryer is also good for drying cars and motorcycles.
|08-16-2014 08:19 PM|
lots of good advice here, thanks everyone
I guess it's time to put my newly revised Plan Delta into action
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