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Re: New puppy at home

Here she is. Getting ready to sleep.
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Old 24.03.2015, 00:19
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What a sweetie!!

You may find the kids under the bed with her tomorrow!!
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Old 24.03.2015, 00:33
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Re: New puppy at home

Awww she's beautiful! My 'advice' is hang on in there and keep on practicing the training even if at 7 months it seems she's forgotten everything you thought you'd manged to teach her! 😉
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Those eyes! Georgeous
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Re: New puppy at home

I see she is under the furniture

Brings me back to the days I used to pile furniture on the furniture to stop the girls napping on them..

I too held out for a long time, ok for me a long time , one day i found myself on the sofa watching a movie, eating crisps and dip with a dog snuggled up next me looking at me adoringly.. i do remember thinking this is nice, the dog is right
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Re: New puppy at home

I also have a how to housebreak your dog in 7 days book, which we found quite useful and I can post it to you if you wish. Just PM your address if you would like it.
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Re: New puppy at home

hows it going with that little brown angel?

has the resolve crumbled yet? hehe

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not entirely intentional but then perhaps not entirely not. my old dog is using her mat as a step to climb up on the sofa as the tile floors are a bit slippy for her.

don't be embarrassed or ashamed if you end up here, its a natural progression.
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hows it going with that little brown angel?

has the resolve crumbled yet? hehe

stage 'expert' of dog ownership:

not entirely intentional but then perhaps not entirely not. my old dog is using her mat as a step to climb up on the sofa as the tile floors are a bit slippy for her.

don't be embarrassed or ashamed if you end up here, its a natural progression.
Thanks for asking. Everything is great.. well most of the time


She is a lovely and very cheerful character. Of course, sometimes
she comes up with loads of mischief and has chewed up loads of stuff. But that was expected.
She is a great companion for both of our kids, especially for the little one. They both - the dog and the toddler - seem to have similar ideas.


The resolve has not crumbled. The dog is not allowed in beds and on the sofas. And even though she tries sometimes it doesn't seem to be the problem. Kids spend most of the time on the floor with her anyway - not the other way around. They simply adore her. And she loves them too. Follows them everywhere they go.


The first few weeks were a bit tough - but she got used to us and to her new home. I still get up once at night to let her out. But that's about it.
We still get accidents now and then - mainly after the night when it's raining. She doesn't like to go outside when it's wet. But she looks so guilty afterwards - I know she will try not to mess up next time.
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Re: New puppy at home

Here she is now - our beautiful girl!
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Re: New puppy at home

What a lovely girl.

Mrs TD and I had a "no bed/no sofa" rule - both were eventually abandoned . The sofa has a protective blanket (no blanket: no cuddles on the sofa. something both dogs grasp, and obey, quite well).

The bed thing is slightly different. They are sometimes invited up for a good night spot of inter-species bonding. Schotty (our Border Collie mix) will lie on a towel on the bed until Mrs TD drops off to sleep and then he jumps off and returns to his basket. Whereas Lucy will jump up just to please me and, when I have finished making a fuss of her she will jump off of her own accord and go to her basket (as long as she can see me from her basket, she's happy).

The only time Lucy jumps onto the bed of her own volition is on the rare occasion that Mrs TD takes the dogs out for an early morning constitutional and I am still in bed upon their return. Lucy rushes up the stairs, launches herself like a small furry cruise-missile at me and then proceeds to enthusiastically lick my face as though to say "I'm up! You're getting up as well"

However, for both dogs, bed cuddles are very much an exception, given that they can curl up next to us on the sofa (when their blanket is on place).
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Re: New puppy at home

RE: Dogs and furniture...

I take a slightly different tack with the Muttley Crew: Rather than try to get them to understand what they may not do (i.e., climb on the furniture/bed) I teach them what they must do (i.e., get off when I tell them to).

I've always found it easier to teach a positive action. The concept of 'doing something' - stimulus (Off!) --> action (jump off) - is simpler for a dog to understand. 'Not doing something' requires a much more complex thought and training process.

(At which point the Belltie's two tiny brain cells overload and fry. Bless his cotton socks, he's no Einstein. So we keep it simple round here.)

So the mutts are free to snooze where they wish - but when asked to vacate the comfy chair they must do so forthwith.

I made my life easier decades ago - all furniture is slipcovered. No fuss, no muss. (But no prizes for interior decor either. )

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Your little pup is growing into a beautiful young lady. Keep up the good work!
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Thanks for asking. Everything is great.. well most of the time


She is a lovely and very cheerful character. Of course, sometimes
she comes up with loads of mischief and has chewed up loads of stuff. But that was expected.
She is a great companion for both of our kids, especially for the little one. They both - the dog and the toddler - seem to have similar ideas.


The resolve has not crumbled. The dog is not allowed in beds and on the sofas. And even though she tries sometimes it doesn't seem to be the problem. Kids spend most of the time on the floor with her anyway - not the other way around. They simply adore her. And she loves them too. Follows them everywhere they go.


The first few weeks were a bit tough - but she got used to us and to her new home. I still get up once at night to let her out. But that's about it.
We still get accidents now and then - mainly after the night when it's raining. She doesn't like to go outside when it's wet. But she looks so guilty afterwards - I know she will try not to mess up next time.
Surprised she's still a lowly floor dweller with those baby blues. So glad she is loved and getting the hang of the house rules.
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Re: New puppy at home

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Re: New puppy at home

marton- your picture above looks like heaven to me!
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marton- your picture above looks like heaven to me!
The mutts look pretty happy too. Looks like you need a bigger couch though Marton.
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