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    Quote Originally Posted by CJay View Post
    I must say thanks to MAC also. i know within the next 12 months i'll be in the same position as DA.

    I've used the ticking clock with pups and foals before, along with a piece of the owner clothing in a crate. But even still they sound like they are being murdered
    True!

    Well, Inca has just had her first lesson at being left outside on her own. She went for about 20 minutes, which is great considering how many hours she went for last night.

    I also ensured that the boys were up and doing stuff inside the house that was of a medium level noise. They were told to totally ignore her cries, which they did perfectly. Very proud of them.

    I gave it another 10 minutes once she had stopped completely, and then we went out, gave her attention, a game, and allowed her back in again.

    I much prefer to do this exercise for short periods several times a day, rather than a long period that really gets us all nowhere in the end.

    I need to go to town and grab a few things in an hour or two, so she will be left outside alone again. One son will stay and can continue to make a little bit of everyday noise inside, and I trust him to ignore her. Once again, I think I shall be gone for about half an hour, so will see how she handles that.



    I'm hoping she will have learnt much more confidence in being alone for short periods within the next 48 hours.

    Gush gush, she is sitting on command instantly every time already. (I think Newfies like to sit though, so it was REALLY easy! LOL)

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    That great news.

    Look forward to hearing how she went while you were out.

    Your boys sound like they are at the perfect age for a dog and very sensible.

    I've bought dog toy slippers that I will be giving to the puppies a few days before each one goes to it's new home so it gets the smell etc on it and it will be given to the new owners when they take their puppy.

    Two of my new owners want to bring around a rug to put in with the puppies before they collect their little bundles of joy.

    I don't know if it works or not, or whether when it's all said and done just makes us feel better. They will also go with a proper hound collar.

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    With Shadow I did it the easy way. As he was to be an in the bedroom with us dog but hubby also needing sleep, shads and I decamped to the loungeroom, me on a camp bed, him on the floor, my arm over the side (still have some faint puppy claw scars on that arm 15yrs later, I look at them and smile in remembrance)
    A few nights later we moved back to the bedroom.

    With Bandit and River I plan to wear a T shirt a couple of days, then let the litter play a little with it, rub it on Pretty and give them half each when they go to hopefully help with the transition.

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    Well, Inca has just had her first lesson at being left outside on her own. She went for about 20 minutes, which is great considering how many hours she went for last night.
    When we picked up Boss, it was the first time he had been on grass!!!

    Im lucky that I wasnt living with my OH at the time when we got Boss. He did the crate first off but Boss would make so much noise, so OH let Boss sleep in the bed with him. Boss would wake up OH if he needs to go to the toliet. He still does it now if the back door is closed or we are at someone else house. Boss doesnt sleep on the bed anymore, he sleep right next to the bed. I know OH didnt do it the right way but it worked out alright

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    When we picked up Boss, it was the first time he had been on grass!!!

    Im lucky that I wasnt living with my OH at the time when we got Boss. He did the crate first off but Boss would make so much noise, so OH let Boss sleep in the bed with him. Boss would wake up OH if he needs to go to the toliet. He still does it now if the back door is closed or we are at someone else house. Boss doesnt sleep on the bed anymore, he sleep right next to the bed. I know OH didnt do it the right way but it worked out alright
    You know, your post is interesting Peta.

    I think there are a lot of times where ppl may not do what textbooks or experts tell them, but IMHO that doesn't always necessarily make it wrong. Just like ppl, dogs are all different, and I have found in my life that what works for most may not work for another. Cheers.

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    um, how about putting a ticking clock and a hot water bottle in there, to mimic the warmth and heartbeat of the mother. I found it worked with my dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    You know, your post is interesting Peta.

    I think there are a lot of times where ppl may not do what textbooks or experts tell them, but IMHO that doesn't always necessarily make it wrong. Just like ppl, dogs are all different, and I have found in my life that what works for most may not work for another. Cheers.
    Spot on DA! Yes, use the advice as a guide, but really it's about common sense in a lot of ways. Usually with feeding most advice is to feed yourself before you feed the dog(s) - I understand why that is said - but crikey I'd never enjoy my dinner if I did that! I have always fed my animals first, I find that they settle down to snooze shortly after, and then I can eat in peace.

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    I'm not sure that there is a right or wrong way, there are things that you would just not do, but they are unthinkable actions anyway.

    I discovered from training horses that while something might work with one horse it may not work with the next. I tend to get as much advice as possible and then apply it in a way suitible for the dog/horse

    I like the idea of the hot water bottle with a clock acting as "mum" heat pack would be good too so long as you could prevent the pup from chewing it.

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    With Inca it's very much the usual separation anxiety that occurs with most pups.

    For instance, throughout the day (today) if I move from one lounge chair, across the room (like 3 metres ) to another lounge chair, she has to follow and sit next to me there.

    Natural, but the thing now is helping her to become confident in herself and not needing to 'cling' so much, for want of a better word. Give her that confidence IMO, and the whining and fear of separation from me will go.

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    It would simulate a litter mate possibly. Most pups have been separated from mum at intervals quite happily before they go to homes. Pretty sleeps inside at night, they are under the house or now will be in the pen as they are starting to pack wander. During the day too she is inside a lot so I really feel it is litter mates they may be missing, rather than mum.

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