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    Your dog is a massive wuss and needs some serious discipline and obedience training and socialisation?!

    We're currently puppy sitting for a friend's family. The dog is a 10 month old Cav x Poodle and he looks like an oversize teddy bear. He's a lovely dog but my god, he's the biggest sook I've ever met. He cries and barks and whines at everything, and seems to suffer from separation anxiety. We live in an apartment and I'm pretty sure our neighbours will hate us by Sunday when he goes home - every time we leave the house he whines and barks (our 2 don't and never have, thankfully).

    He pees all over the floor. I'm pretty sure he does this at his own house too, so it's not like he's nervous or not sure what to do (and he's got 2 other dogs here to show him anyway!).

    I get the impression he's never been told "no" in his entire life since doesn't react at all when you say it to him. I think it might be a case of "he's too cute to ever do anything wrong, so we'll just constantly reassure him that it's ok". His owners have said to us "he thinks he's a person" several times - and I think they're right because he has no idea how to actually behave like a dog! He doesn't even know how to play with the others.

    So... when he gets picked up on the weekend and we get asked how was he, what do we say?

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    Perhaps invite them to come to dog training with you?

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    Hint things like "Does he always bark/whine like that?"
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    "Im guessing he doesn't pee all over your house like he did to mine!"
    Education not Legislation

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    well, if they ask you how he was...tell the truth.

    Just say...your dog is a massive wuss and needs some serious discipline and obedience training and socialisation! Lol.

    I would, but then again that may explain why I don't puppy-sit and why I don't have any friends. LOL!

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    I'd say the truth - your dog was horrible. And if they want details, give them details. Keep in mind that separation anxiety when the owners leave a dog in a strange place for the first time - is quite normal / likely. It's better if the owners have visits or stay overs or something to get the dog familiar with a new environment in advance of a long break.

    I house sat for my cousins. They said their jack russell was "untrainable" and by the end of the month I was there, with only 10 minute sessions most but not every day - dog was hugely improved especially going for walks. So they got over the "untrainable" idea. And they taught it things like "in your basket" etc which made their life much easier.

    If you lie about their dog's behaviour, you may be asked to babysit it again.

    Frosty doesn't understand "No" either - much to my brother's disgust. But she's pretty familiar with "leave it", "thank you" and "uh uh". And she knows what "shutting the door now" means too - sometimes I think that's what her name should be, she comes so quick when she's worried about being shut out. Doesn't work so well at home when she's not so worried about being shut out.

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    LOL thanks guys. Hyacinth, ours are good with "no" but our Charlie is brilliant with "leave it" too. The main owner, I guess you could call her, is 12 yo (I think the dog was bought as company for her, as her sisters are a fair bit older than her) and she expressed an interest to me the other day about learning more about training and that she'd like to take him to school, so I think I'll give her the name of where we took our 2 for school and also lend her a couple of my Cesar books or dvds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    LOL thanks guys. Hyacinth, ours are good with "no" but our Charlie is brilliant with "leave it" too. The main owner, I guess you could call her, is 12 yo (I think the dog was bought as company for her, as her sisters are a fair bit older than her) and she expressed an interest to me the other day about learning more about training and that she'd like to take him to school, so I think I'll give her the name of where we took our 2 for school and also lend her a couple of my Cesar books or dvds...
    Great idea!

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