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    Default Re: Another Gretchen problem!!!!!

    @michelle23093 I have to commend you for coming on here and feeling secure enough to ask your questions! Please don't feel bad for a second. I for one, and I'm sure others will agree, would rather you come on here and ask your questions anytime rather than try to settle it on your own and possibly cause bigger problems down the road. I have to agree with what others have said about her behavior. They will feed off your energy. Mona is a couch potato all day but as soon as my partner comes home it's I wanna play, play play. She barks at the cats, chases them, etc. We just have to keep working with her on this behavior. They love us and just wanna learn what makes us happy. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle23093 View Post
    so this is what we have done with Gretchen in the evenings when my husband comes home- She no longer greets him on the porch or at the door. this might have to change in spring when we are outside in the evenings when it is cooler but as for now this is what we have done. when its time for him and the kids to start leaving she gets a special treat and goes to the kitchen behind a gate. she can see everyone but can't get out. when he walks in, he goes to her and says hi gretchen and pets her and leaves the room till all the kids have gone. by this time she has already seen him and she has time to calm down and all the noise is beginning to leave. when he lets her out she is no where near as excited and doesn;t jump and act out. he is now able to play with her and have fun now that she calms down. I feel that greeting him all excited is the way she thinks she has to behave around here so the chaos never ends. it has been 3 days of doing this and it is working. She is also getting a little better in some areas and some days she goes back to her own ways but all and all I know its gonna take time but her progress is very pleasing to me. Just wanted to give everyone a update on her progress some. still have a long way to go but we are one more step in the right direction

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    Default Re: Another Gretchen problem!!!!!

    Spot on advise here re: "the dangers of over excitement". My Bo is the PERFECT dog --- well, almost -- until he gets OVER STIMULATED. Then, all bets are off. You gotta take a bus to get him back to Calm/Submissive; therefore, its my job as his pack leader to manage his excitement level until he's mature enough to do it himself. (He is only two) Outside stimulus (mostly people ooohing and ahhhing over how cute he is) for a sustained period of time sends him to the stratosphere. It's not his fault. Dogs are instinctual; these outbursts are not premeditated.

    When someone calls a new puppy "aggressive", I would bet a thousand gazillion dollars that whatever happened was a reaction to over excitement. Puppies are NOT aggressive. Silly rabbit.
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    Default Re: Another Gretchen problem!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by michelle23093 View Post
    I recommend anyone who actually has adopted from a pound or a rescue who has gotten a bullie that has been caged alot to get this product from amazon. I hope the link will attach here. It makes her feel safe like a kennel but not like a punishment to. she sleeps in it during the day and I allow her to have certain special toys only if she is in there. it cuts down on some of the agression when you take her toy she likes. they sell it larger but the 4 panel is a perfect size for her bed and her to lay down in it all stretched out but small enough so she doesn't have the extra room and feel like the other end is a bathroom. Its not very tall and she can tip it over of she really wants to but I never use as a time out spot. its her safeplace to go so that when we do leave and she goes in a actual kennel cage its a totally different reason.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    This really looks like a good item. Thanks for sharing.




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