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Old 11-06-2005, 04:54 AM
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Hi there people

Lucy, our Jack Russell pup is finally house trained. YAY!!!

However, we have no discovered a new problem. Apparently she likes sprinklers. Specifically biting them when they are spraying water, then ripping out the sprinkler heads and finally pulling up the retic. I think she only does this when the sprinklers are on, which is easily sovled - sprinklers on late at night when she sleeps. I was just after ideas of what to do in case she starts to do it all the time. I have not yet seen her bite at the sprinklers when they are off. My partner got told to try one thing by an animal behaviousist, but i am not so sure about it. Apparently it involves me, um how to say this, doing my business on the sprinklers. The idea me being the alpha male, and marking the sprinklers with my sent. Would this actually work?? Sounds preposterous to me.

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Old 11-06-2005, 09:42 AM
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Apparently it involves me, um how to say this, doing my business on the sprinklers. The idea me being the alpha male, and marking the sprinklers with my sent. Would this actually work?? Sounds preposterous to me.


That's because it is preposterous. This alpha stuff is way overrated. It comes from some old school people who are going off of some old, unscientific studies of wolves in captivity and not on the way a real family of wolves carry out their social order. Domestic dogs are not even wolves anyhow. Now, if you want my opinion, here it is: (lol)

Your pup is a pup. LOL. He's new to this life and our world... and is fascinated with new things. He's just like a toddler baby and wanting to investigate everything. He's got all kinds of pent up energy and he needs an outlet. Channel the energy into other things and show him (a growing up process) how to live in a human's world. He's not trying to take over and rule your world. Sprinkler heads are fun!

He needs plenty of romping and exercise with you so you can supervise that he doesn't wreck your stuff and he needs a job....something to do with his mind. Obedience training, walks, tricks, retrieving etc. Give him toys which are appropriate and distract him away from your stuff, replace with a chew toy or other toy and praise him for playing with that.

Puppies ALL get into our stuff. They need constant supervision when they're on the loose. They simply don't know that those things aren't meant for them to chew on.They have to be taught. IMO, harsh punishment doesn't teach anything to them but to distrust you. So, use patiece and motivation to steer them in the right direction and lots and lots of praise/treats when you see a behavior you DO like. It's a growing up process. Did you read the stickies on this forum about puppies?
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:04 AM
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Some dogs just love shooting water.

My shepherd does the same thing, well except with the hose, or running water in the bathtub. She literally goes nuts.

Funny thing is the labs, that would live in a river if I let them, don't really like spraying water.

I think it is just an individual dog thing, and look how much fun they have. LOL

I guess you should just use them at night.

And for the peeing thing, it sounds to icky!! LOL
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