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HBS Guy

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Had a fantastic walk this morning, Socks met three sets of dogs to play with along the length of the walk, shit she can run fast! I had the joy of picking up two poops—has not pooped or peed in the house for a couple of days now! Weather was nice and crisp and sunny when we started and not warm even now at the end of the walk.

Now she will be flaked out for 2-3 hours :)
 

HBS Guy

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Damn, 2 poops today!

I bet her previous owner tried harsh measures to housebreak her. I will get it done without using force!
 

johnsmith

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Damn, 2 poops today!

I bet her previous owner tried harsh measures to housebreak her. I will get it done without using force!

yell ... a loud firm voice, and has to be very distinct from the voice you usually use. I always laugh when people 'talk' to their dogs in a sweet little voice when trying to get them to do something and then they complain the dog doesn't listen.:stoopid
 

DreamRyderX

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Rewarding good behavior has always worked best for me. It builds confidence, & trust. The dog will eventually learn to please with good behaviors.

Repeated scolding, or stern voiced attitudes, will only get a totally confused, & scared animal.

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HBS Guy

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Yup, 99% positive reinforcement, negative only if you catch the dog at the very moment it is doing something wrong.

Demi was hit with books and god knows what else—3 months old at most FFS. Punishment for pooping or peeing in the house?
 

DreamRyderX

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Yup, 99% positive reinforcement, negative only if you catch the dog at the very moment it is doing something wrong.

Demi was hit with books and god knows what else—3 months old at most FFS. Punishment for pooping or peeing in the house?
Punishment never reaps good behavior.

I had a young one who did the same......I put her on a lead at first, & showed her where I wanted her to poo & wee. Rewarding her for both with gleeful sounding praise, pats, & treats immediately following each success.

When/how did she usually make her mistakes?

How much time between was she usually taken out?
 
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DreamRyderX

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Well, a method that I used quite a few times, I set up a 'go' schedule......I set my timer to 2 hours.....all day, every day, every 2 hours without fail.....from wake to sleep.....I would take them out to their 'special spot' to go. That way I knew they wouldn't be bursting to go, & I made it known that I was taking a few treats with me, so when they went, I would immediately treat them. In no time they took over for the timer, they made it known that they wanted out, & they would look forward to a treat when, & only when, they did their thing as I asked of them......

When I treated them I also made a big deal of it.....& they responded with wild tail wags & obvious pride in a job well done.....


As time went on, everything was done outside, & they never did anything inside anymore.......I still treat them, & eventually I was able to let them tell me when they 'needed' to go......usually between 2-3 hours, & overnight I would always put newspaper in one corner of their night pen, & without me even saying, they seemed to know the paper was only for extreme emergencies.........I only had one that used it overnight more than once a week.....Turns out we eventually found, via testing, that she was prone to bladder infections (UTIs)......once treated properly she overcame her overnight emergency uses.


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HBS Guy

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Yeah, that method and John’s method are the way to go. Never had any trouble with my 3 previous dogs.
 

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Heh, nice day today.

Loaded dog into the car and headed to fave niece’s place where my fave greatniece lives. They have a desexed male miniature pinscher called Rocky. Rocky wasn’t happy another dog invaded ITS house. Rocky wasn’t happy the invader was a puppy. Grrrrowls were the order of the day. Socks is MUCH taller than little Rocky, much faster etc.

Eventually I noticed Rocky would have settled down but MY fucking dog was baiting it :ROFL1 At one stage Socks did a 3 metre lateral leap and Rocky clearly was thinking “WTF? I can’t do that!”

My niece had bought something for Socks, a ball throwing stick and a squeaky toy. Very nice.

On the way home I had a thought—rare I know. Rang younger sis and changed my journey to call past her house. She has a very old, deaf, male Jack Russell. Socks was so gentle with that old mutt, no baiting etc. Nice! I have a heap of home grown tomatoes I will make tomato soup with. Also a box of homegrown greengage plums. Will stew them tomorrow and either preserve of just freeze some, depends on quantity.
 
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mothra

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do you know how to train her out of it or do you need help?

Best trick my guy taught me with our dog and doggy doo was to always throw it by the back fence. Our wonder-dog learned almost immediately to shit along the back fence line. Left the major part of the yard safe to walk around on barefoot.

And easier to clean up too, when it's all in one place.

But Monk! I'm so pleased that you have a new furry friend! She looks lovely.
 

HBS Guy

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Gorgeous and very smart! And can be a bitch—the way she baited my niece’s little dog, LOL! She could run so much faster than him, could always be safe from retaliation :ROFL1 :ROFL1
 

mothra

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Dog dynamics can be hilarious.

Back when i had my boy, my best friend had a little chihuahua cross fox terrier. Ridiculous dog. She's always jump up and bite his snout.

But he'd just scuttle her when she was running along to get his revenge. He'd attack from the side and just flip her. She went flying. We'd all laugh, because we all knew she was horrible.
 
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HBS Guy

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Funny. Demi for the first 2-3 years she was with us would go any man in dark trousers. Even at the local dog obedience club where we met the guy had an Old English Sheepdog when we encountered him without his dog she went him! I guess the person(?) that physically abused her at her first home wore dark trousers.

By contrast, Socks is fascinated by blokes in HiVis gear! Not wanting to attack them (tho the homebreaking she experienced was a bit too forceful I reckon) no, just fascinated, LOVES men in HiVis. LOL, dogs! (Stag hounds hunt by sight, not smell, remember. She can detect the hivis no probs.)
 

HBS Guy

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Well, she is now indicating when she wants to go outside to toilet. My method—she was too sneaky about things to be able to use John’s method.
 

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This thread is just gorgeous… love all the dog stories and photos :smitten
I’m still not ready to get another dog.
It occurred to me I may never but… I really do yearn for a dog… as we are looking to downsize… might take the best part of this whole year! I thought I would go to the pound and adopt a dog … 🥰
I sure do miss the dog and cat:(
It feels empty in the house.
And I sometimes have a little cry.
I’m glad you now have a little friend again Monk… I look forward to catching up reading some of the stories above.
Talking about what dogs like as play toys… the blue healer we had would grab things off the clothesline and drag them into the doggy house.
So annoying!
 
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