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Old 07-09-2012, 04:45 PM
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Default New puppy, Murray

We went back and forth over pure bred vs. mixed. We both decided that a rescue/rehome was the way to go. So, we got this little guy from a military family who's getting ready to PCS over seas. They wanted to find him a good home while he was still young, we couldn't pass him up. He's such a sweetie, very well behaved already, and knows sit, stay, down and come and is crate trained also, he loves his crate. They said he's a 3 mo old lab/shepherd mix. He's a bouncy boy and very inquisitive. Here's a few pics of him.

One thing is, he's very submissive, to the point where he flops on his back and urinates when we go to pet him or even put a collar on...any ideas on how to boost his confidence and help with his submissive urination?

sorry about the big pics, I'm not sure how to resize them using photobucket.

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Old 07-09-2012, 06:26 PM
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He's cute. You can see if you can get him to play tug with you and let him win every time, it's a good confidence builder.

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Old 07-09-2012, 09:33 PM
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Oh, gosh is he cute! Our friends had a Lab that first jumped all over you, then rolled over and peed when you came in the house. I started making her sit, then crouched down and scratched her chest when I walked in. It didn't take long before she not only didn't pee when I came in, but also didn't jump on me.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:35 PM
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He's cute!! I love his eyes!!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:57 PM
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Thank you guys for the advice. He does the rolling on the floor and peeing on himself. If I catch him in time I make him sit, then give chest scratches or scratch under his chin, I try not come over the top of him when I give him loves. We just got him starting to tug. He had no toys at his old home, so he's just learning what toys are and what he's supposed to do with them.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:55 AM
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OMG He's so cute! The white around the nose *dies*.
Charlie was very submissive/fearful about everything when I first got her. I had to take things very slow, make everything into a fun game, etc.
It took me about three months to finally get Charlie to stop urinating when she thought I would possibly hurt or yell at her, a lot of clicker work and desensitizing her to stuff.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:33 AM
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So adorable. Patience is key also. A new home, a new environment, and a new family to adjust to.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:16 AM
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OMG how cute

I am sure confidence will build up just right in the right home.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:15 PM
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Thanks again for the advice. He does seem to be getting a little more confidence. We've been playing tug with him, he's realized how much fun it can be. He's such a good puppy. We're still going slow on the introductions with my other 3 pups. It's been over 10 years since I've had a puppy and completely forgot how curious they are, lol. He really looks up to his new siblings here for guidance.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:19 PM
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He is such a cute pup congrats!

You've gotten some great advice! My only advice is..take plenty of pictures!! Puppy days are gone before you know it

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