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    Abby has been sleeping with us for about a week now, if my pre-coffee math is right she is 17 weeks old? My son and I worked out a schedule but she's been staying with me no matter what that paper says After her first accident in the bed I bought waterproof mattress covers and switched to old comforters in case it happened again. I walk her right before I go to bed at 11 and she normally wakes me around 3 to be let out. She gets a small drink of pedialyte and back to bed for all of us. There haven't been any more accidents in the bed AND!! Last night was the first night she did not wake me to go out.

    As for her crate, I started putting her in there when we first brought her home. I didn't want her to think the crate was a bad place so we gated up the kitchen, put her toys in the crate and never closed the door on it. Now she brings all of her favorite toys in there and she sleep in it all day while I'm at work or after eating or playing and wants a nap. The door has still never been shut.

    Miss Abby is a special case tho. We are intentionally spoiling her.

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    excellent stuff here... Any suggestions for a timeout area when he starts to puppy bite etc and doesn't want to get out of the zone and starts to treat it as further playing instead?

    Currently I let the bad phase stop then change his pace and let him jump in his pen and give an ice cube.

    From this point forward I would like to have a spot to respond to bad behaviors if he just won't listen in that regard.

    Thanks again! Great group of people here.

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    Pais loves her crate. She seems to have an internal clock that sends her to her bed, around 10pm. We stay up laaaaate, and she doesn't want any part of that! Our bedrooms are upstairs, and, she chooses not to go up there. On occasion, if Daniel is in his room or something playing, I'll carry her up for him (I KNOW!!!) and she'll lay on his bed. He has a bunk with a trundle that is less than a foot off the ground. IF he sleeps in his room (he's the one in my bed, not Paisley!) he sleeps on the trundle, so it's out, with lots of pillows and blankets. I think she thinks it's actually her upstairs bed LMAO.

    My guy has a one story house, and she never gets on the beds there. He lifts her up on his bed every now and then, and she acts like she's on a surfboard in the middle of the ocean. Stiff legs and counting seconds til he puts her back on the floor LMAO

    I don't allow her on the couch either, but, she does find that comfortable when I'm not looking. OH, I do let her lay on the ottoman when we are watching movies. We push it up to the couch, and she hops up, and snuggles between our legs.

    As far as dominance? Well, any dog will assume a leadership role if you don't. But, I don't think leadership is about whether you choose to let him sleep with you as long as YOU make the choice, not him.

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    @Vince00 I was having a hard time with Brutus biting my other dog(playing) and biting furniture and I listened to other memebers who used squirt bottles lol I know I felt bad the first 5 times but it took 1 day of using it and he now doesnt go near the things that get him squirted lol
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    I haven't had a puppy in a longgggg time, but, typically, they want to play, and want your attention. It isn't necessarily about a place. A firm no, and emphatically ignoring for a short while has always worked for me.

    Anything you make a big production of, or dramatize, becomes part of the game. Alot of the dogs with separation anxiety were taught that by owners who made a big fuss about leaving them, and made the simple act of coming home a grand event. Usually, with Princess Poof, when we leave in the morning, my son simply sets the home alarm, says "nap time", she runs to her crate, he kisses her nose, and shuts her door. Tells her he'll see her later, and we leave. 30 seconds on the alarm

    Then, when we come home, again, 30 seconds to shut down the alarm, he walks in, opens her door, says something to her.. usually Hey Poof! Then, opens her cage, she runs out the door to potty. He shuts down the alarm. She comes back to the porch to come in, and THEN he makes a HUGE fuss over her.

    The dog before my bulldog was an Afghan hound. Polar opposite, but she was my only CHILD. I spoiled her rotten, and taught her alot of bad habits. One of them was that the crate was a time out. A bad place. She barked EVERY time I left her in it. Whether it was at night, or for work. I spent over a year unteaching that. I learned alot of lessons. One very important thing I learned with dogs and children, the child has to be in charge. They are the ones that dominance issues typically arise against. They are naturally the weakest human. And dogs sense that. It's way too easy for a dog to think it's place in the pack is above a child, especially if you spoil it, and treat it like one. I'm not saying don't do that We all do Just make sure, for your dogs sake, that he knows his place.

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    @Vince00 I always said they need to be housetrained before given full roam of the home! As a puppy they need a crate area to sleep, eat and just relax. They may be upset but use blankets, toys and some treats to encourge it..You can try putting him where you sleep so he can see you but Im no expert and I do tend to spoil my bullkids ..The crate shouldnt be used as punishment or be associated with bad. That is there safe haven to get away lol Thats what Brutus did but it takes time and Im the first to admit the first couple nights okay The first almost 2 weeks I let him sleep with us in bed and it was bad bad bad! He pee pee on the floor, bed, matress, pillows, blankets, and even my leg by accident and then I went and no Im kidding on the leg hahaha okay back sorry....The best time to train for housebreaking is when they are young! If we let them continue to have accidents in areas we dont want they tend to get confused and it takes longer of a process! DOnt be discouraged everything takes time! Let me know if you need anything
    good job Brutus! hehe Mine was worse.....when we first got coop i had him in my bed and he peed on a pillow.....then a few days later I thought I wold try again, O NO!! So bad he
    all over the ned! And when I say all over I mean all over he changed spots like 6 times and he had the soft and of course my husband had gotten cold or something and covered p with the comforter (witch we usually don't cover up with) and that was what Coop decided yo add a little brown to it! So So So Bad!

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    Oh the unwanted behaviour!

    For us, we used an emphatic "no!", and then ignored and removed ourselves from the situation. Whether it's nipping or jumping or getting too riled up, they will learn that any unwanted behaviour equals removal of their human and the fun. They learn pretty quickly. It is just like their littermates would do. If they play to roughly with their littermates, the other pup will simply stop playing with them. That is the "punishment".

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    As pups my babies were in crates till house trained and we were not at home. Now -- they are in bed with us and have free run of the house at all times. We established alpha when the were pups and train consistently always reinforcing what we want them to do and not to do.
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    Miss Ellie and our boxer sleep with us..... I love it- my husband doesn't like it very much. But I think it is important that they learn to sleep in their kennel so they are comfortable either way. Ellie (7 months) will sleep in her little kennel, but not nearly as well as she sleeps in our bed- I still let her out once a night so I'm used to her getting up, but when she has to sleep in her kennel she gets up more often. Good luck!

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    Bullie normally sleeps in her crate. But my children feels it's the job of the family dog to cuddle with them. So, Bullie would sleep in my sons' bed until my son falls asleep, then she gets off and comes to my bedroom to go in her crate. I don't allow dogs in my bed. The crates are in my bedroom right next to my bed so they sleep there if they are not "working" for my kids. Before the dogs are potty trained, they sleep in the crate with the door closed. Now, they sleep in their crate with the door open.

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    I got Bullied and loving it!
    Bella "Bullie" Rose, adopted on July 24, 2011

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