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    My girls have all been high drive till they day they passed! Nothing mellow about any of them LOL. Perhaps to with the breeds I favour - working dogs!

    Even at the the age of 17 one of mine was still keen for action!

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    I know that I have been lucky but I am feeling extra lucky as Kala and CL mentioned about girls doing better with toileting. I am not sure why dogs raise their legs in the house....no my dogs have done that!!
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    Shows how much of a mixed bag dogs can be hachna! Wanna swap dogs

    We have had pretty much the same experience with all our males and females (about 15 dogs altogether), yet other people on here have experienced the complete opposite. Perhaps lifestyle comes into play a lot too, I know that because our boys have generally been more energetic I do tend to do more high activity games with the boys and I do more obedience with the girls... that probably shapes the way they behave later in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Shows how much of a mixed bag dogs can be hachna! Wanna swap dogs

    We have had pretty much the same experience with all our males and females (about 15 dogs altogether), yet other people on here have experienced the complete opposite. Perhaps lifestyle comes into play a lot too, I know that because our boys have generally been more energetic I do tend to do more high activity games with the boys and I do more obedience with the girls... that probably shapes the way they behave later in life.
    Yes a very mixed bag! It is very hard to generalise for sure. My girls die of boredom with obedience. I did get a CCD title on one but she would start to sigh and yawn as we progressed a sure sign she wasnt enjoying the experience. Agility different story - she is my speed princess and her eyes shine.

    Boys are boistourous in a different way. I love my boys to death but prefer working and training with my girls, they seem more focussed at an earlier age. But with a bit of maturity I think my boys will be just as much fun, just have to be a bit more patient when they are teenagers!.

    Hachna- I wish I knew your secret to boy dogs and avoiding their unsavoury toilet habbits!
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    Hachna- I wish I knew your secret to boy dogs and avoiding their unsavoury toilet habbits!
    Secrets?

    1. Let you cats train the dog-this is true you know
    2. Childless, Nothing much to do adults, and eyes of a hawk!
    3. No water bowl inside house
    4. No scolding when accident happened but make big fuss when did right
    5. Do use a specific command for toileting

    I think some members probably know that I made numerous postings here and there on toilet training and you need to do it reasonably quick and intensively otherwise the bad habit will return.
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    Well I dont have cats!

    I thought I had it sussed, no problems untill the boys started cocking their legs at about 7-8 months old! That is when the trouble started. I swear they try and out pee each other - 2 young males both the same age (not by design I might add - I had to rescue one from getting the chop)

    I trained a specific command that my girls all pee on tap to to get them emptied and they are suitably rewarded for. Never any had trouble with toilet training girls

    But the boys seem to have endless bladders. I swear they have a back up bladder specifically for marking. A bit here and a bit there - it goes on forever. They always seem to have a bit left over for marking. It has me bamboozled.

    The girls took no time at all. I guess I may have to start an intensive, eyes in the back of my head second training phase as you suggest for the boys.

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    Hi,

    re toilet-training, out of the three young dogs I have, I used crate training, positive reinforcement and key phrase when they go out the door, then praise with same tone and words as they go. I'm sure my neighbours think I am mental! I also watched like a hawk and when they began to go to the door, I had about thirty seconds to swoop and say "wanna do wee wees?", lol. Now they will wait a few minutes and have just started rattling the blinds near the door to wake me up on the odd time they still need to go in the night, usually when I have fed them later than usual.

    The boys were definately slower than the girl - they seem to have less ability to hold on. I wonder if this is a physiological function related to the fact that male dogs are made to mark their territory frequently, so perhaps they have always have a squirt handy, lol. It was all down to endless repetitions really and I'm sure all dogs are a little different. I did avoid the free access to water bowls inside after a certain time, but now don't need to. Also, as Cleasantra advised me when I was going through crate training earlier this year, very young puppies can't be expected to hold on all night.

    I definately recommend crate training though, it at least gives you some time where you are not watching, provided you follow a strict toilet routine after every sleep, play and meal/drink they have inside. They theory behind crate training is that puppies don't mess in the den, btw, something they learn from their Mum when they are a bit older (she cleans them to stimulate elimination and then eats it when they are tiny). The crate needs to be big enough for them to lay down and turn around, but not big enough for them to soil and not sit in it. You don't put food and water in it. It's also a good way to teach the pup 'quiet time', so that when they are older, you can tell them to lie down and be calm at any time you need them to.

    Okay, I'll shut up now......

    Cathy.

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    Yes I agree with the crate training, it is fantastic. All mine are crate trained as we are always traipsing round to herding or agility trials. My boys are perfect in their crates. In fact when I let them inside they go straight to their crates and chill. So the girls are allowed free in the house and the boys go into their crates. If the boys want to go out they let me know. Its just when they are loose I get the odd marking and only when I am not there.

    It means when I am at work I cant leave the dog door open for free access into the house as the boys will then mark all the chair and table legs. The boys get shut outside in their pen and the girls get shut inside. Not really a problem unless it is scorching hot and it is much cooler in the house.

    In all the years I have owned dogs I have never had a problem, the girls have been perfect and always go on command. The boys have me stumped! as I said they were perfectly trained untill we hit the marking age! it is just when they are home alone, even if the dog door is open. and they can get outside.

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    Kala-I think two boys compete each other esp when they are similar age. When I have minis, he was the only dog, so he had all attention in the world from a childless couple. (Beside I am almost OCD case when it comes down to toileting) When i went to back to work after two week leave for the puppy, my minis was pretty much toilet trained. He was about 3 month age. My second dog came toilet trained. I just had to learn his way of saying "i need to go to toilet". Nowadays they are so good, when we go out for a few hours we leave them in our bedroom where their beds are. They are quite happy to be there. Before bed time you just tell them " do your business" then they walk out to the backyard and squeeze even the last drop of pee.
    I did not mention before but i feed raw for dinner such as lamb/beef/chicken/small fish.
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    Yes I am coming to the conclusion it is a competition thing. They get on really well but I can still detect that there is a bit of macho stuff going on that the girls are not part of. Even my alpha bitch is inclined to stay out of it, although she will step in if she is feeling particularly grumpy with them.

    The joys of owning a pair of teenage boy dogs of the same age.

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