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Old 01-28-2005, 07:02 PM
Saje Saje is offline
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Originally Posted by stbernard
NO Saje she had only been there about an hour. I have no clue why the backstep? And again this morning, I got up and she was completely dry no messes at all. I took her outside and she relieved herself just like she should. Hopefully the stepback was a mental
Don't worry about the backstep. It always happens. They are living creatures and therefore capable of error. I was going to say they are human beings... but that didn't really work.

Just continue to be consistent with her and she'll make progress. You're doing a good job. Have patience.
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:15 AM
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It happens with children too//My mom was a liscensed child care provider in the home..I grew up with I kid u not 200 children 6-10 at a time over a 15 year period. Almost always after they are getting pretty good at staying dry, u have a short back slide, then u are home free. Hope your home free is on the way.
ps..saje I think they are more human than most thehumans I know..think you were right the first time!
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Old 01-29-2005, 03:49 AM
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LOL Smkie, I think you're right. Although that may be an insult to them. It should be the other way around. Smkie, you're a dog. LOL (That was a compliment)
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Old 01-29-2005, 11:38 AM
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I may be a little bit late for this topic, but I figured I would add my $0.02 anyway.

It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job crate training Missy. Just be patient, give her at least a few more weeks with the crate. I know it may seem cruel to be "putting her away" all the time, but remember, when used correctly, most dogs actually like their crates! My 1 year old Pit X Dutch loves (almost) nothing more than to lay on a comfy blanket in his crate and play with his kongs. He dosen't need the crate for housebreaking anymore, but I keep it around simply because he feels so comfortable with it. So keep doing what you're doing - take Missy out as soon as you get home, then have play time after she relieves herself outside. Keep her near you when she is out of the crate - as Saje said, you could leash her and tie the leash around your waist. That way, if she seems like she needs to go to the bathroom, you are close enough to scoop her up and bring her outside, avoiding "accidents" in the house. When she is in the crate, make sure she has a blanket and toy to keep her buzy. The most important thing is patience. Missy will catch on eventually, but don't take the crate away until you are 100% sure she is reliable enough to leave in the house alone. Better safe than sorry!

As for the nipping issue, always make sure that you have one of her toys available when you are playing with her. As soon as she starts to nip at you, show her the toy, give her the sit command (if she knows it), and as soon as she sits, give her the toy. By interupting playtime when she starts to use her mouth, you are letting her know that nipping is not an acceptable form of play. By making her sit, you are 1.] reinforcing basic obedience training, and 2.] calming her down. And by giving her the toy, you showing her what IS an acceptable form of play - her mouth on the toy, not on you. If Missy dosen't resopnd to your command, or to the toy, then do what Renee and Saje said - walk away.

As for barking durring playtime, try the same things as for the nipping - make her sit, then when she is calm start playing again. She should soon pick up on the fact that each time she barks, the fun stops. If that dosen't work, try walking away - she'll come to associate barking with you leaving, and won't want to do it.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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Old 01-30-2005, 02:23 AM
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Hi all,
Thanks so much for the info. It seems at times she is being stiff and not learning. This morning when I awoke, she had gotten out of her crate!!! I guess I had not locked it good enough. Anyway, I guess she had eaten something, cause she had messed on the floor and it was the first time she had diarehea. She had a great ole time and roamed all night. But it was only one mess and that was progress from b4 PTing. She went to the bathroom throughout the day and the poop started to form again. I'm sur ewith everyone's help, I will be able to train my silly saint to be a great dog. Thanks for eveyone's help.
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