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Old 12-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Oh good, yeah that age they can start holding their bathrooms longer, I was worried she was really little. Sounds like your going in the right direction.

Be careful not to leave anything she can eat in the crate, but toys are AWESOME for her. Also, if you start to feed her in her crate, she will know its a good place to be because she gets her food in it. You can get Kongs
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and stuff it with peanut butter and freeze it so it lasts or cheese, biscuits or even same put raw meat and then freeze it, it should last her a few hours of entertainment at her age. My boy has mastered the art of frozen peanut butter kongs so they don't last that long anymore, lol.

The chuck it balls are my pups favorites he can chew on that ball like its gum, and its very safe.
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NO TENNIS BALLS unsupervised they peel the fuzz stuff off and might eat it. NO ropes unsupervised.

This is my Favorite tug to tire my boy out, good for my pup and my hand... Start to teach when your dog is too close to your hand as well as teach DROP so she releases on command. If you want tips or help let us know!
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Oh good, yeah that age they can start holding their bathrooms longer, I was worried she was really little. Sounds like your going in the right direction.

Be careful not to leave anything she can eat in the crate, but toys are AWESOME for her. Also, if you start to feed her in her crate, she will know its a good place to be because she gets her food in it. You can get Kongs Amazon.com: Best Kong Dog Toys For Puppies, Adult Dogs & Aggressive Chewers! and stuff it with peanut butter and freeze it so it lasts or cheese, biscuits or even same put raw meat and then freeze it, it should last her a few hours of entertainment at her age. My boy has mastered the art of frozen peanut butter kongs so they don't last that long anymore, lol.

The chuck it balls are my pups favorites he can chew on that ball like its gum, and its very safe. Amazon.com: ChuckIt! Medium Ultra Balls 2.5 inch, 2-Pack: Pet Supplies

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Stuffed Kongs are the best! Keeps my two entertained for a good while and wears Cain out. Cain goes out after he eats. Part of the routine. Glad you're getting the schedule down with her. It'll help a lot. And like stated make her kennel a good place for her.


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We're trying, we just have to get her a more secure one. It's useless to put her in there and then she gets out. So right now we're going just leaving her in the bedroom. I actually got a full night of sleep last night, which was awesome.

Would a gate be a good idea? When we put her up now, we shut the door. I feel bad because she is in a closed boring room. She has a radio, and we leave the window open so she hears the sounds of outside.

Also, how can we train her not to go #2 while we're sleeping? It's tough to punish her when I don't see her do it. My girlfriend feeds her when she gets home, and then I let her out and walk with her when I get home a few hours later. I figured she'd be good to contain herself for time we're sleeping.
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yeah sorry to burst your bubble but you need another crate sooner than later. Pups learn by being in a small enough space to stand up and turn around, but not big enough to go across the room to poop. Since you are not able to watch your pup all the time while sleeping, she should be crated. Or set your alarm every few hours in the middle of the night to teach her to go outside for the bathroom. Don't let her have more than a few hours between breaks if not going to be crated, you will undo your house training by sending mixed messages. She needs to learn bathroom outside all the time, eventually they will learn to include the house as their space and not go inside. until she learns that, she needs constant watching or crate to train her. As far as the gate goes, totally acceptable, but when you are not there to correct her she will get big enough just to jump it soon if not already.

Also, when is the last time you feed and offer her water? You can try to not do it a few hours before bedtime and see how it goes, but the alarm sounds like your best option for now until you get the crate.
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yeah sorry to burst your bubble but you need another crate sooner than later. Pups learn by being in a small enough space to stand up and turn around, but not big enough to go across the room to poop. Since you are not able to watch your pup all the time while sleeping, she should be crated. Or set your alarm every few hours in the middle of the night to teach her to go outside for the bathroom. Don't let her have more than a few hours between breaks if not going to be crated, you will undo your house training by sending mixed messages. She needs to learn bathroom outside all the time, eventually they will learn to include the house as their space and not go inside. until she learns that, she needs constant watching or crate to train her. As far as the gate goes, totally acceptable, but when you are not there to correct her she will get big enough just to jump it soon if not already.

Also, when is the last time you feed and offer her water? You can try to not do it a few hours before bedtime and see how it goes, but the alarm sounds like your best option for now until you get the crate.

She's slowly learning. We've got her a much better crate, and we've started crate training. I've been introducing it to her slowly, trying to make it seem natural for her. We started off with putting her food bowl in there, and enticing her to go in there. Shes taken a few steps, and smelled around. I think it's a solid start.

Right now the biggest issue is getting her used to our schedule, which is 3rd shift. Will she adjust to sleeping during the day and being up with us at night?
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