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Old 07-16-2005, 02:46 PM
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I really advice you to teach your kids to respect the dog, too. Way too many dogs get punished because the kids hurt them, and they bit in return, when most of the time it's just because the parents never told the kids to stop.

They are young, but they can learn. I'm sure when they put their hands on the hot stove you don't let them do it, so you should be just as firm when they are too rough with the dog. It could save their, and the dog's, life.
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Old 07-16-2005, 06:58 PM
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I'm working hard at that, it goes both ways. The dog has to respect them and they need to respect him. Now is the time to learn and yes they are young kids but they are really good at listening. I would muzzle the dog before I would get rid of him anyway. I can't see this being an issue as they are growing up together and Yukon seems to really love the girls. He is much more settled with them now and they are pretty good but would never leave them unattended even for a sec. That's why Yukon gets so many baths because even for me to go pee I crate him. I never ever leave the kids and dog together without me right there. If Yukon is withing 5 feet of the girls we demand that he sit. He is starting to learn that as well because even if they just walk by him he will sit.
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Old 07-16-2005, 08:16 PM
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Trainer says
1]he's afraid of the crate/being couped up.
2]needs food/water incrate including all treats to be given in crate
3] one toy only at crate time and it has to be only for crate use. Like a special toy.
4] wash crate daily [ I already do that]
5] Patience it will pass, no punishing
6] keep him quiet when inside, no running or bouncing inside save it for outside. We let him run wild inside at night!
7] no up on couch or beds no matter what

She said we have a dominant little puppy who is a bit anxious about the crate and is desperatly trying to find his place in the pack, the higher up the better in his mind.
She said to just keep going and he will stop when he figures out that there are no rewards for it. Try not to touch him when we take him out, because that will be a reward to him for peeing. So we will keep going and hope for the best.
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Old 07-16-2005, 09:48 PM
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I have puppy proofed as much as I can the hall and bathroom, tonight we try that area instead of the crate. Hopefully he will keep his teeth to himself. I will give him all his toys and hope for the best. If he can not destroy the place then we can eliminate the crate. Last time he chewed my cupboards but we shall see what happens.
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:33 AM
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After a few tense moments, when I went to bed I did leave him in hall/bathroom and he was fine. No peeing not even this morning, I just opened babygate and walked outside, then clipped leash on and away we went. This babygate is bolted to the walls so he can't knock it down, he tried but soon gave up. Will try same thing again tonight. Still have food/water in crate door open but if I can have him sleep elsewhere, then great. So much nicer this morning no baths, no messes just plain fun.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:51 AM
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Yay! I'm really happy to hear that

Keep us posted!
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