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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ice...Ice...Maybe?

for the longest time we have spoiled our dog with the cheap treat of ice cubes. sometimes after a potty walk (just #1), when it seemed he was hot (now after reading the forums I see that's not the greatest thing to do) or just because (he'd sit right at the fridge waiting for one whenever anyone goes to grab some for their own glass). What i need help with is weening him off of them. He's getting too "needy" of them he's been waking me up 2-3 times at night for one. He'll start with the slow little whines to get your attention and ends up with little yelps and short barks with a lot of pacing and whines. I don't know if ignoring is the right thing to do. I never know if it's the "call of nature" he's warning me about or not. But mommy needs her sleep before she goes to work . There's water available, and I don't believe the room is that uncomfortable for him. right now we've been running air and fans. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2011, 11:39 AM
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They claim with humans, it takes 21 instances to break a habit. I'm not sure what it is with dogs, but if you just don't give in, he'll get tired of asking.
My bf thought I was nuts when I told him never to show the dogs the ice machine in the fridge.
I've had dogs, I've had an ice machine, I know what happens. Before me, he's never had either. Now he knows.
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thanks! i'll just be really strict and NO ice cubes for a long time then. I have been little rougher now when i follow him to see what he's trying to get my attention about, and he stops in front of the fridge I tell him a firm NO. unf i gotta follow him to make sure it's not a potty call
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 09:45 PM
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This sounds like my puppy. He gets so excited when he hears the ice dispenser. I usually give him ice in his bowl. I guess he's spoiled. He doesn't like drink water until it's really cold. He loves anything cold. He given tries to stay in the frig. He's a little to big to sit in the frig now, but he made it a point when he was smaller.
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This sounds like my puppy. He gets so excited when he hears the ice dispenser. I usually give him ice in his bowl. I guess he's spoiled. He doesn't like drink water until it's really cold. He loves anything cold. He given tries to stay in the frig. He's a little to big to sit in the frig now, but he made it a point when he was smaller.
LOL! Cool picture.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-16-2011, 10:24 PM
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Just thought I would commend you on the obscure, but clever Vanilla Ice reference.
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