Problem Puppy!

I am SO frustrated! I did NOT want an animal, DH did and talked me into it. Worst idea ever. DH has to go home on lunch, 30 mins round trip + gas to let her out. She whines ALL night.


We got her 2 weeks ago, she whined the first few nights but then stopped. She never did #1 or #2 in the house. Now all of a sudden, she's whining again- waking up at 3am then at 5am then at 7am she used to just wake up at 7am. She's peeing in the house, she's peed & did #2 in her kennel the past 2 nights and I am so sick of it.


I'm ready to give up on this dog. What do I need to do?

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 9:32 am
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MountainBride
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smoores don't give up! ! ! !


Having a dog is a WONDERFUL thing, I promise.


Sorry this is long. . .


That said. . .some tips.  Puppies are HARD WORK.  If you aren't willing to put the work in, know that the rest of this dogs life you are going to feel the SAME way you do now.  Put some work into this, and she'll be a JOY to have around!


a.  Change your attitude towards the dog - she is restless partially because she can probably sense that she's not welcome in your eyes.  Sounds crazy I know, but at least *try*. 


b.  She is young - right now she needs to go outside every 1-2 hours.  So that DH doesn't have to drive home, can the puppy go to work with him or you?  What about hiring a neighbor to come over every couple hours?  (heck I'd do it for free!).  Think of this puppy like a baby, because right now that's what she is!


This facilitates the potty training:


Every 2 hours or so take her out on a leash, and give the command 'go potty' or 'park it' or whatever.  When she goes, PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE!  If she does nothing for 15 minutes, go back in the house, and she goes IN THE KENNEL. 


Give her 20 minutes, and try again.  Basic point here, don't give her the CHANCE to potty in her kennel or the house - you HAVE to be consistent.  You MUST do this through the night as well until she gets older! ! ! !


As she gets older, increase the time between potty to 3-4 hours, then 5-6 during the day and 8 at night.  IF she pees/poops in the house, put her somewhere else so she doesn't see you fuss, and clean the heck out of where she went.  Scolding her will ONLY make the problem worse. 


c.  Ok, let's address the whining.  I'm willing to bet that she is BORED!  Make sure she gets at least 2 - 20 minute walks per day, if not longer. . .tucker her OUT.  Throw her toy in the yard or house, wrestle with her, etc. and that will help some of the whining.  Make sure she has toys to play with - I HIGHLY recommend getting her a kong - fill it with treats and it takes a while for her to empty.  That's good exersize. 


Make sure she has high-quality food.  Not only will she EAT and POOP less, but her tummy won't hurt, which could be another cause of the whining.


GET her spayed!  That will help. 


When she is NOT whining, praise and give attention.  If she is whining, put her in her kennel and cover it with a blanket.  The dark space should calm her down.


d.  Her kennel should be a warm, inviting place.  Never ever use it for punishment - use the laundry or something like that instead.  Do not let her sleep with you guys!  She should sleep in her kennel at night, in a different room.  AND if she's pooping in her kennel then it's too big right now - you need to put a spacer in it so it's a bit smaller until she grows.


Hope that helps - you can do this!  It's good practice for kiddos :)


 

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 10:02 am
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MB's right! Don't give up! If possible - I'd join a breed forum right away...I did when I first got my pup and it was a HUGE source of information.

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 10:17 am
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the thing is that it's a puppy right now, they are a lot more needy than a full grown dog, although if you are this frustrated now then you should probubly find it a better home while it's still a puppy. the worst thing for an animal is a home with an owner that has a frustrated owner. they are like children and they need just as much attention.

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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