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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-03-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I want to do this right!

Hi everyone, I introduced myself, Christina, and my puppy Eloise on the thread "Introduce yourself part 3". I really want to get this right and raise a healthy happy companion. Like many others on this thread, I would love to train Eloise to be a therapy dog. I am a music therapist and if she is trained it would be another way I can bring happiness to those in need.

So... I have had Eloise for a week, she is 11 weeks old. Since she has not had her last shots so we have not met many folks outside of my apartment. Today, we went out and she started growling at people and dogs! I think she was scared. I have had people coming into the apartment and she will have a moments hesitation but will then be a happy friendly dog. So any socialization advice would be appreciated. What should I do when she growls?

Second is that I will start seeing my clients again on Monday, I won't be gone any longer than 3 hours at a time as I can make my own schedule and my office is right down the street. I have been leaving her in her ex pen for various amounts of time trying to get her accustom to her area. She whines, yelps and barks when in her ex pen, even if I am just vacuuming or in the shower. I should note that she has chew toys to occupy herself. Should I keep ignoring the yelping? I dont let her out till she is quite and I don't make a big deal about going and coming.

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Thanks in advance!

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Welcome, your pup is young so you can start working on these things now and change the behavior before it becomes a habit. As soon as your pup has her shots you need to get her out and about, when you are walking her if she starts barking distract her and when she looks at you treat her (you will need lots of tiny treats) praise her, instead of telling my guys no all the time I have a sound 'ott' this is what I use to mark bad behavor and I do not do it in a mean voice, I use good to mark good behavior, everytime you successful get her to look at you mark it and treat it. Our dogs act fine at home but changing their environment changes everything for them, that is why when you teach a sit or a down etc., you need to do it in as many places as possible to help them understand it means the same everywhere. Ignoring the yelping during quite time is the right thing to do, they are testing their limits and learning. I know it is hard to ignore them but it is worth it later. You will do fine, your pup is young and you are both learning.

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When I had to leave gabby alone I always gave her a kong with peanut butter (frozen) and she only got it when I was leaving. That worked like a charm for us. It's something to keep her busy and something she that she loves.
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I dont know about you but Ted is on a schedule. Up at 7, quick walk to do his business, breakfast, long walk to wear him out then back in the pen at 8:30. I go to my office (down the hall) and he sleeps til about 11. Back out for a quick walk, then some play time, lunch and a long walk. Back in the pen about 1:30 and he sleeps til about 3:30 -4. I think like babies, they crave routine. At the beginning I used to sit at the table beside the pen with my laptop but not look or react to him at all. He would bark a few times then go play with his toys, then crash. Now I just put him in and he doesnt put up a fuss. Ted growls still at strangers but I ssh him and when he gets near them his tail is wagging and hes happy to meet them. I think the growling is not aggressive at all. Probably warning us that something new is coming our way. Ted has growled at the green bin, the garbage can and he always barks or growls at our flag outside.

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Thanks for the responses! I was just not sure how to properly handle the growling/barking. I want to comfort her but I dont want to reinforce her behavior.

She has two stuff-able chew toys with her in the ex pen: one with kibble and one with pb or cream cheese. She didn't touch them when I was away, as if she was too anxious to even do that. BUT, today I left for a short trip to Petsmart, when I came back the pb in her kong was almost gone! Yay!

Maybe she is getting the hang of it

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