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    Lightbulb Stop scratching the door

    We adopted a 2.5 year old male de-sexed shoodle last week. It is our first time at owning a dog. He has a lovely friendly nature and has bonded with all 5 of our kids, he tends to follow me (mummy) round ..

    If I leave the room he will generally get up and follow etc. his previous owner had him sleep in her bed, but we sleep him in the laundry with the door closed, he knows the bed time routine now and doesn't look forward to it, he goes out for toilet, then when back inside will drop to the floor not wanting to go to his bed, he ignores us calling him to follow us there so we have resorted to carrying him into bed, he tries to bolt out of there.

    Once in with the door closed he scratches at the door and has ripped it up, he barks if he hears someone outside or walking around the house. He is warm in there with his water bowl, bed, chew toy etc. we don't let him out in the mornings until he stops barking for a period of time and when he gets out he os super excited .. Jumps all over us ..

    His whole back end is wagging not just his tail. He is pretty good and has only wee'd inside at night once. I stuck his face close to it, said no and took him outside. But I don't know how to stop the scratching and barking.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 07-13-2015 at 12:04 PM.

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    Aug 2009


    previous owner had him sleep in her bed, but we sleep him in the laundry with the door closed
    Why put him in the laundry? Poor thing would be upset and lonely. Mine screamed the house down when I tried that. I guess I was thinking to prevent accidents on the carpet or something. If I get a new dog now, it will be in a crate near my bed. My current dog sleeps in a plastic tub lined with bedding next to my bed. No problems (except some midnight licking).

    He is pretty good and has only wee'd inside at night once. I stuck his face close to it, said no
    He will have no idea why you did this. He won't connect his peeing with your punishment because you didn't catch in the act. Even if you did catch him in the act - it's better if you catch him before the act ie when he starts sniffing and take him outside and then PRAISE him for going outside... And eventually you can add a cue word to tell him that's what you want him to do when you go out there.

    He's your first dog, you need to get some help with training. I'm thinking maybe some reward based dog training classes in your area?

    If that's not possible Susan Garrett - my favourite trainer - has released her critical core games for foundation recall training or just being a good pet that will give you some basic ideas on how to train what you want your dog to do (instead of trying to punish what you don't want your dog to do). People normally pay over $300 for that course. And when she comes out to Australia - it's about $100 a day to watch her classes without a dog. I have learned so much.

    Or you can get on to youtube and look up kikopup

    Or and look up digital dog training text book.

    None of them will tell you to put your dog's nose in pee and tell it "No". Because that's not a reliable way to train your dog to go outside. It will only teach your dog you will be angry if you find pee inside. It won't know from that where it is supposed to pee. So if there is pee inside that's when it will hide from you or "act guilty" - won't matter who peed there.

    Consider getting a crate or a play pen for your dog so it can be where it can still hear the humans. Talk back radio in the same room might help a bit. As long as it's a calm informative show not one of the ranting yelling ones.

    If you teach him collar grab game (susan garrett's freecallers) you can use that if he starts jumping on you or your kids, ie combine that with Its yer choice (also on the freecallers).

    When you let him out of the laundry (or play pen) the first thing you need to do is take him outside for a pee/potty stop. And everybody act boring. So it might help if when you let him out - there is nobody in that next room to jump on except you to let him out the back. After he's had a pee, everyone can tell him what a good dog he is and pat him - provided he keeps all his paws on the ground.

    So if he jumps - you all have to act boring, avoid eye contact. One of you grabs his collar, and just waits - no scolding or other talking... when he can calm down, do a sit or look at the person holding the collar, let him go and see what his choice is. If he jumps again - repeat the collar grab and wait. If he still can't cope, you might have to try again on lead. The first time - it might take a while for him to get over himself and it might get worse because what worked before isn't working all of a sudden. That's called an "extinction burst" if you want to google about it.

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    Thankyou for all advice, like I said we are new to this and welcome any help. We are trying to protect our carpets as when we first got him we tried sleeping him in the carpet area and he went to the toilet on it so we moved to the tiled floor laundry. So any advice is welcome. Thankyou.

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    Aug 2009


    carpet is definitely tricky.

    I've got floorboards so they're a little easier to clean up.

    A crate - you can put a tarp under or puppy pads inside but a dog is much less likely to go inside a small confined area - depending what he's used to. If he used to live somewhere that had dog pee everywhere - then you will need to do toilet training as if he is a puppy.

    When you clean it up - do not use any bleach. Clean up the wet with paper towel or rags, then put bicarb and spray vinegar solution (1 cup vinegar in 1 litre water) and wipe that up, repeat if you need. But bleach leaves a smell that says "pee here" to most dogs. Something to do with ammonia and nitrogen.

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    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    Hello Deb
    welcome to our forum.
    Well done for posting, knowing you are novice dog ownership, without a clue how to train various behaviours you desire in your pet. Just like we all were once.

    Plenty of great advice from hyacinth there. And far more effective than nose rubbing. Which was a method my father showed me how to do and i have done in the 70's era of correction training methods.

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    Dec 2009
    Western Sydney


    Hi Deb and welcome to the forum,

    We are all new dog owners at one time and there's so much to learn and we never stop learning. Your dog will take time to settle in to your way of doing things but I wouldn't keep him in the laundry at night by himself because he wants to be with you.

    Please don't punish your dog because he wants to be with you in the mornings and as for weeing inside...what do you expect of a dog you've had for five minutes...if he wees on the floor say nothing and clean it up. Get him used to going outside...say "want to go wee wee" then take him outside and tell him to go wee wee and when he does praise him and give him a treat or as I call them no time your house training is done. This method works my GSDs come and tell me when they want to go wee wee and they get a treatie and Rex is 12.5 years old.

    There's nothing wrong with having him in your bedroom with you as this is what he's use can put on the bedroom floor a few drop sheets and newspaper and of cause a dog bed...get him use to sleeping in it. My dogs sleep inside either on the lounge or dog bed but not in the bedroom as Chloe would drive us nuts.

    Don't know what a shoodle looks like or how big but years ago we had a Dobermann and she slept in our bedroom all of her life in her bed which was just fine with us.
    Last edited by Dogman; 07-15-2015 at 02:53 PM.
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