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Post by cb on Tue 24 Jun 2014 - 21:23

Meg is a chewer Lorraine but so far no wires as we have barricaded them in! She runs off with anything she can get her teeth or paws in or onto - dishcloth and teatowels seem to be the favourite this week. She was playing with a plastic plant pot in the garden on Saturday and didn't we know about it on Sunday when she retched up black bits! Lovely habits they have, don't they. Trying to work out how we can contain her to one area next week whilst Malcolm is in hospital and I'm at work, rather difficult when kitchen is open plan to the hallway. Malcolm is devising a plan of sorts.
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Post by Lorraine on Tue 24 Jun 2014 - 22:25

Get a crate Cath. I swore I'd never use one, but already, it's a godsend. Never use it for punishment, but they're brilliant if you're both out and she's a chewer. Some water, food and a toy in there with a nice soft blanket...she'll love it. Saxon already goes in on his own sometimes but I do put him in if I have to pop to the shops.

Ooooeeerrr!!! to the plant pot. Not funny. Quite a worry really isn't it, got to watch them constantly.

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Post by cb on Wed 25 Jun 2014 - 21:17

We've got a crate Lorraine, she will go in it on her own at times but barks if left there on her own and we are out (neighbour hears her).
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Post by Lorraine on Thu 26 Jun 2014 - 9:59

Well, I dunno then lol. Nightmare aren't they?

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Post by cb on Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 22:05

We've managed the week between neighbour & her granddaughter coming in for Meg whilst I've been at work but I'll be glad when Malcolm is home tomorrow. Know how you feel Lorraine as it's hard work when you're doing it all on your own.

Been to Puppy class tonight and got a certificate even though she did come last in the fun games & test due to not liking being in the tunnel.

Just had an "Andrex" moment when she jumped up at kitchen worktop and I looked round and there's my kitchen roll across the floor!
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Post by Scatty on Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 23:04

Glad you found some help over the week Cath, shouldn't chuckle but I did at the kitchen roll being nicked.

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Post by WeirdCat on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 9:23

Ha ha at the kitchen roll!

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Post by Lorraine on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 9:48

Glad you got some help Cath. Little madam pinching your kitchen roll, lol. I can't wait until I can get Saxon out to puppy class.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 12:23

The cat did that once when I was in the bathtub, saw him sneak in and grab a corner of loo roll and run out.

Sprocket last night was running around the garden with (luckily) an unused sanitary towel ripping it to shreds >.<

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Post by cb on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 20:26

Meg and friends at puppy class last night from a short video they took and on the website.  


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Post by thriftycrafter on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 21:09

Ooh what stars you are, lovely to her in action, and you too.

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Post by gingerjo on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 21:45

Aw loved your video. what training method is it Cath. Looks like Dog Gentle like where I go. Mat work and lots of treats and rewards.
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Post by Lorraine on Fri 4 Jul 2014 - 21:47

Awwww, that's smashing Cath. Surprised to see them doing some of the agility stuff at that age though. Thought it was all just sit, stay and heel, lol.

Even more ready to get Saxon to one now. Mr Green

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Post by Maria on Mon 7 Jul 2014 - 23:22

Jemma arrives on wednesday.....ive just ordered a crate having read all this.

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Post by cb on Tue 8 Jul 2014 - 21:07

It wasn't proper agility just fun really to get them used to different textures of things.

All I can say is have fun Maria.

Meg has been a devil since I came home, jumping and nipping and now she's fast asleep after a walk to post some letters.
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Post by Scatty on Wed 9 Jul 2014 - 10:12

Lovely to see you both, she has grown, as she should, bykwim.

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Post by cb on Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 21:14

Well not having quite as bad problems as Lorraine but Meg is rather naughty. Still doing her mouthing and attempting to bite and if we spray water at her or tap her nose she just thinks we are playing. The other day she was in our bedroom and just lunged across the bed at me and started biting at the covers and then mouth round my arm, so much so I hid under the covers which made it worse. Did calm her down and got her out with toys. We have some lovely scratch & chew marks on the dining room furniture, the edges around the flooring where she has chewed the trim off and even bits from the lounge wallpaper - we do want to decorate but not quite yet!
We have her on a house lead at times during the day and she can get outside but over the weekend have let her roam a bit more on her own to see what she does - now have lovely holes in the lawn! She likes to hide under the bushes also and looks quite cute when you call her and out pops her head as if to say "I'm here, come & get me". She would play all day with a ball being thrown for her but after the damage to my arm last week which I think was muscle strain with an almighty bruise I have to be careful.
House training is another problem as she will not always"go" outside and will just sit outside the back door then come in and do what she needs to do - hence newspaper still by the door and in the hallway - one of her favourite places. Any advice re this appreciated.
Tonight she was very calm when I came home having been out twice on the green with Malcolm to play catch with the ball, something she has learnt to do this past week.

I can understand how Lorraine has been feeling with Saxon as I have been in tears at times and even thought I can't cope with all of this. I'm not comparing her to Holly although Malcolm & Tom tell me she had some of this behaviour but I seem to have forgotten and 12 years down the lien we are older and it's harder to cope with. Do want to take her to some more training classes but it's the expense at the moment.
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Post by Lorraine on Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 21:36

Oh, Cath. I feel your pain hun.

To be honest, it sounds as if you ARE experiencing what I am and it's bloody tough. I know you've read my thread, so if anything helps you, that would be brill. I'll keep updating so at least I can tell you if stuff is working or not.

Hang on in there Cath. Hugs. xxx

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Post by WeirdCat on Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 21:39

It sounds like she is doing ok to me, like children some dogs take longer to get the hang of toilet training than others. She sounds a character.

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Post by kimb on Tue 29 Jul 2014 - 22:41

billy is still an utter nightmare at times withhis toiletting . mainly if its wet outside and we have to almost drag him outside.
its one of those things that can be either a quick fix or a long hard slog.
hang on in there cath .
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Post by Lorraine on Wed 30 Jul 2014 - 9:25

Yeah, hang on Cath. She'll get there.

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Post by Maria on Wed 30 Jul 2014 - 10:00

Bracken too eons to toilet train, we thought she would never get it. It took at least 3 months but she was completely reliable once she did get it.

She was also, as you all know, a terrible chewer and naughty puppy. I wish we had crated her, she did so much damage in the house and chewed so much stuff up (scrapbook albums, phones, dishcloths, cards, letters to be posted, plaster off the walls, mums mascot sheep, a packet of seeds, stuff out of people bags, books etc). We never really got on top of it and as well as being uspetting for us and expensive, it was dangerous too, she was forever eating stuff she shouldnt and we all know how that ended.

I didnt compare her to Brambles either but Brambles was an easy puppy and it had been 13 years etc, so we didnt really bond with Bracken the same, she just seemed so difficult or maybe we had just forgotten. So I do know what you mean.

and my friend from dog club who I met last night has a puppy malinois shes had for 6 weeks now and she still isnt toilet trained although Domi is sure she understands, she says its like defiance. Sometimes the dog goes outside then comes straight in and does one.

As for what to suggest, well..... I would crate the dog for sure whenever I left it, I just would not hesitate to ever do that now, though Jemma is the first puppy I have done that with - never liked the idea. I doubt if she will mess in her crate, though I know Lorraine's saxon does. She probaby will make a fuss and cry at first and this needs to be ignored which is hard but necesary. Id crate her at night too. Dont forget the dog has no concept of a age or crate, it just thinks its his bed. Jemmas is open during the day and closed at night. She often goes in by herself, as I say, she has no concept of a cage, just thinks its her bed.

As for the biting, well, strong no and a tap on the muzzle, and if that didnt work then pinning, but you have to do it every time. Show the dog you are REALLY displeased with her/him. If you spray water or do anything that can be considered a game by the dog it will just reinforce that it gets attention. Be really cross, after the reprimand walk off and let her come to you.

for the toilet training, well, what about moving the newspaper outdoors (though bracken would have just run off with it if we had done that). I dont really have any answers here, as I say, Bracken took eons and Jemma has trained herself.

These are only suggestions, and only my opinions and Bracken wasnt exactly a sucess story re eating and chewing and stealing things, so maybe Im wrong. She never bit anyone though, and she did get toilet trained eventually. If we had crated her we would have avoided most of the stealing things/chewing and maybe it wouldnt have become a habit.

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Wed 30 Jul 2014 - 10:06

Cath, if you ever fancy meeting up for play session with Meg let me know :)

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Post by gingerjo on Wed 30 Jul 2014 - 21:38

Saying toilet and giving loads of fuss and rewards as she did a wee/poo outside helped Maya. If she started sniffing inside then out the door and if she started to go I just made a huge fuss and "toilet" she's a BC she will soon learn. Maya can toilet on demand now, which is very useful, lol. I must admit she hardly had any accidents indoors we were very lucky with that. When she chewed my door I sprayed with the citronella spray from Wilkos, also used on carpet when she had, had an accident. She hated the smell and soon stopped chewing, thats what I used on my hand too.

her problems are all the anxieties and fears she has developed in the past 4 mths!!!
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Post by cb on Sat 2 Aug 2014 - 18:49

Just found Meg outside digging in a tray of plants, lovely black paws and mouth where she has eaten some., not sure what they are though. She's a beggar for digging. Thought the birds had been at my blueberry bush the other day until she turned round and one pooped out of her mouth so know who the culprit is now.
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Post by thriftycrafter on Sun 3 Aug 2014 - 16:35

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Post by kimb on Sun 3 Aug 2014 - 17:09

I might have allready told you once but my jasper was a digger but stopped after adolescence . hope meg does too cos its rotten when they dig up the garden you work hard at keeping nice .
lol at the blueberry tale ..caught in the act!
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Post by Lorraine on Sun 3 Aug 2014 - 19:51

Yep! Feel your pain again hun. Crying or Very sad

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Post by kt_dragonfly on Sun 3 Aug 2014 - 21:04

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Post by cb on Mon 4 Aug 2014 - 21:35

Think I'll take you up on this Kate, maybe weekend? Will give you a call.
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