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Feb. 28th, 2003 | 07:35 am

OK... I am exhausted...
See, Digger is not housetrained totally yet.. and god KNOWS he dosen't like to be alone...
So, instead f locking him in a little room down in he basement, I put him in the bathroom and closed the door....
Not agood idea.. he Jumped at the door ALL night..

along with doing this:



So, I was trying to be nice and keep him closer to me but, he is going to go into the basement from now on...
Well, I am going to try to use a baby gate.. Maybe he just didn't like the fact that the door was closed... and the baby gate would work?
I dunno
If the gate dosen't work, then he'll be spending a lot of time in his own little room in the basement until he is housebroken..

Which, I think he is getting there... this morning he was whimpering and stuff and I brought him outside and he went poop! Last night he went out 3 times and peed... but overnight he peed on a newspaper (yeah, don' touch the training pads I bought for you!!!!!)

but yeah, now he is sleeping
He was up all night... I think i am gonna go take a nap.. LOL

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Beca

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from: olivetree
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 04:44 am (UTC)
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Of course he won't use the training pads! They cost money!

It's a theory of mine that pets will not use anything that costs money-- they'll use the box it came in, or find a cheap/free substitute.

Cats, for example, love boxes and paper balls. Now try getting them to play with an expensive toy and they will NOT touch it.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
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I bought him 2 chew toys but the furniture and plastic bottles are MUCH more interesting to him...

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Beca

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from: olivetree
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 04:52 am (UTC)
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Told ya.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 04:53 am (UTC)
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Now all he wants to do is sleep all day cause he was up all night scratching up my molding!!! LOL

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Beca

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from: olivetree
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 05:14 am (UTC)
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You should try to keep him up so he sleeps at night. I know it sounds mean, but he should adapt to your schedule, not the other way around.

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Jen

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from: guixian
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
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puppys sleep a lot. they're like babies. :) mine plays, naps, plays, naps, barks, naps.

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
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Oh my god, i have a world of advice for you, unfortunately i have the flu, so i'll have to keep it short for now. crate training, that's how we trained Pepper as a puppy. A very invaluable item! I would have gone absolutely insane without it.

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irisira03

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from: irisira03
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
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That's EXACTLY what I was gonna say ... it's how we trained Max. The important thing is to not use the crate as a punishment, EVER. Find another way to "punish."d use the crate solely for "night night" time and when you aren't home.

Another word of warning: Puppies LOOOOOVE to chew wooden moldings ....

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Mar. 2nd, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes I used the crate if Pepper did something bad, sort of like a 'go to your room' strategy. However, I'd only leave her there for about 5 - 10 minutes just to get the point across. But she went in willingly every time! :)

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 1st, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
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Amen to that. Crate training is the way to go! Spencer was house trained in about 2 days that way. It also saved my kitchen cabinets, I am sure :)

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Mar. 2nd, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I know! The house training thing is absolutely amazing! Pepper never once went to the bathroom inside her crate!

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 2nd, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Spencer did a couple times, but not by choice. The poor fella was sick, and couldn't let me know fast enough. That only happened twice though. He got quite proficient at telling me he REALLY needed to go out :)

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Mar. 14th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Aww, poor guy. :( Pepper is really silly at letting me know when she needs to go out. She'll either stare at me an awful lot, or, if we're near the back door, she'll stand by it and won't budge. It took me forever to pick up on these subtle signs!

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 14th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
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When I was visiting my mom once, Spencer rang the bells she had on her door to let us know he wanted out. My mom suggested I take the bells with me, and now they hang on my door. True to form, Spencer nudges the bells when he needs to go out :)

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Mar. 29th, 2003 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I remember you writing about that in your journal. :) That has gotta be the cutest thing, ever! Spencer's such a smart puppy!

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Katy

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from: makeuplovegloss
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 06:51 am (UTC)
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Yes, as stated above dogs don't like stuff that costs money! That's why my puppy would rather chew on dixie cups rather than play with a tennis ball I bought him! I made some icons for you. I don't have paint shop anymore to make them really fancy, but I thought you may enjoy them. Just let me know whatcha think of them : )

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Nina

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from: asharose
date: Mar. 2nd, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Aww, those are really cute icons! :)

My dog's favourite toys are used kleenexes and pop bottles. *lol*

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Jen

crate training

from: guixian
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
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Have you ever done crate training? I had never had a puppy til I got this one in December (and she was 7 wks then).. and she has a crate here in the dining room.. it works. You can put them in there..and they don't feel alone. (Because it is open and they can see around them, and hear us, etc.) The whimpering is because they feel like they are alone, and being shut out... And they don't do anything in the crate..(especially if they have a blanket or something)..because it's their room..they don't want to sit in their room..after they've done something. We had the pads.. which she sometimes used. She's 4 mo old now..and she still has accidents...but only when we don't move fast enough to take her out. She cries when she has to go out, and barks in the morning to wake us up so she can go out.. But crate training...you should look into that. Shutting them alone in a basement...just sounds so harsh to me.

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Gracie

LOL

from: spicy_chiklet
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
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Omigosh he's so cute but a destructive little devil eh? I remember when I got Bullet (the mini pin), he DESTROYED my bathroom the first night I had him. The whimpering will get better. If he keeps scratching, put red pepper on your molding. He'll back off when he sniffs the first time.

Congratulations. He's precious Don. ;-) I LOVE the Rottie markings on him. Of course, I'm partial.

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Kelly

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from: girlfloyd
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes, I know you've probably heard this many times. Crate Training. We didn't think it was neccessary with Huck, but changed our minds when he learned to jump his baby gates and destroyed everything in sight. Seriously, it will take a weight off your shoulders. And, you can keep his crate anywhere you want, in your room, in the kitchen, etc.

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He had my heart at hello

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from: __cherriesnlove
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
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LMAO..my dog did that a couple of times. Especially my rottie. Shit my rottie even chewed a hole smack dab in the middle of the wall too. lmao. Itll get better soon. I promise

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GlitterGabba

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from: glittergabba
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Digger is sooo cute!!!!!!!
My puppy sugar..would bark all the time..and have accidents on the floor..
But she was housebroken after a few weeks. So i'm sure your little pup will be okay. And sugar had a crate also. Which helps a lot..cos they get used to sleeping in there.

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@iKrissi

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from: ikrissi
date: Feb. 28th, 2003 07:45 pm (UTC)
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My Trixie is potty trained, etc. but I have found from past experiences with dogs that they feel safer in smaller space. When their people are gone, having a smaller space to be in seems to be comforting. However, putting him in the bathroom with the door closed is probably making him feel more anxious. He might be able to hear noises on the other side of the door, but without being able to see it could be scary or unsettling.

The babygate should work. I use one for Trixie and put her in the kitchen whenever I'm gone. Of course she has all her favorite things - chewy toys, food/water, pillow, etc. - and she can see the rest of the apartment. She seems happy and doesn't protest. When I don't confinre her, it seems to make her anxious and upset. She gets into everything, chewing on wires and digging the dirt out of potted plants. Things she would never do when everyone else is around.

Good luck! Try the babygate... I think it will help.

Oh, and he's really cute, too!!

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from: ophelia_speaks
date: Mar. 1st, 2003 07:12 am (UTC)
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puppies are worse than freakin kids. i coulda told you that.

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