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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2013, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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Normal behavior or quirky

We are so enjoying our new family member. Keeper has been an awesome puppy in her first 48 hours with us. She is realiable on her pee pad (yeah!) and is calmly accepting all of the new attention from young and old visitors. We have an x-pen set up in the kitchen with a little door to it. She'll come out to play in our gated kitchen, but when she is tired or a bit frightened she'll go into her little bed in the x-pen. At night or when she is unsupervised, we close the little door and she stays in the x-pen.

The funny thing is that we've given her a variety of toys to play with. But as soon as we introduce a ball or a teether, she will promptly bring them back into her x-pen. She allows us to take them out but as soon as we do she grabs it to bring it back to the pen. Is this normal hoarding instinct? Should we train her differently? Should we close her off from the x-pen to socialize differently?

As new puppy owners, we want to do things right. Our formal puppy classes don't start for a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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Just reading your post and laughing. I'm not sure if hoarding is a normal behavior, but Timmy is a MAJOR hoarder. He's not in an expen anymore, but he puts everything in his bed. I need to clean out his bed everyday because he puts his treats in there too! If I'm folding laundry and missing a sock it's probably in his bed too.

Puppy classes are a great resource. I started Timmy in Puppy K when he was about 15 weeks old and we're still doing training classes, I love them and he does too! Tim was my first dog so I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted during class and even emails so I felt very comfortable if I problem arose.

I wouldn't worry about what Keeper is doing with her stuff, the expen is her "safe" place so that's where she wants all her good stuff. Make sure when she goes into the expen area herself that she's not bothered or pulled out, she's probably telling you she wants to some to herself.

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Every morning, Mars bring down his latest prizes and buries them in the couch. Every night, he bring his prizes upstairs and buries them in our bed. During the day, he'll get them out to chew on them or play with them. Some are lost in the process and discovered by us at a different time, but he always is busy moving his bones (and yes even treats) around and burying them in places. So, I'd say pretty normal .
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Nothing at all to worry about.
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I'd love to see a picture of Keeper with her stash.
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It's a totally normal behavior. It's callled resource gaurding. Any time a dog takes food toys or whatever away from where you gave it, that's a form of RG. It's only a problem if you try to take it away and they have not been trained to surrender things voluntarily. Or if you happen to come near their object or place. Every one should be aware of this potential problem and practice desensitization exercises BEFORE it can become a problem , here's a couple of article.s
Resource Guarding Jean Donaldson

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Haha I love this. Our pup does this. He takes everything outside. Every night I bring everything in and then the next day he will spend a good hour taking everything out his doggy door (anything he can fit through it anyway) same as when we give him treats - straight outside with them. Super cute.

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Maddie does that with chews. If you want to teach games like ball retrieving maybe close the door or play out side away from the x pin.

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Thanks for all of the reassurance and training tidbit! I'd say the calm part of our honeymoon is over and the energy button has been turned on. She is still our favorite fur ball. We are really enjoying her.

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