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Hi, I'm new to the forum. I have a 15 week girl, Cassie. I've had her since the age of 9 weeks. She's a lot of work but so much fun and we love her to pieces.
I need a bit of advice about her behavior.
When I let her out of her ex-pen I'll ask for a sit, which she will do. However, after she's out many times when I try to pick her up to go potty outside she'll crouch down and bark at me once. If I turn away from her to ignore her she doesn't seem to care and will repeat the behavior if I try again. I'm unsure if I should just ignore the bark and just take her outside or if I should be trying to correct the behavior? Is it a normal part of being a puppy? If I should be trying to correct the behavior I don't know what approach I should take. Many times I have to proceed with picking her up because I have other things that I need to take care of.

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Obviously, you need to pick her up to take her outside, and probably at other times too. She's started to associate you picking her up with something negative... Possibly as simple as interrupting her play. You need to make her asociate being picked up with positive things. Start by giving her a small treat as you go to pick her up. When she's doing well with this, go to giving her the small treat AFTER you have her in your arms. Make sure you pick her up lots of times, give her a treat and put her right back down again, so she doesn't think that getting picked up is always an end to her fun.

Also, make sure you are not startling her when you go to pick her up, and that you are supporting her with both hands as you pick her up so that she feels comfortable, both physically and safety-wise. Don't know whether this is part of the problem, but thought I'd mention it!


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Hi I'm new too and have a relatively new puppy. We've had him for 4 weeks now - he was 13 weeks when we got him and not very well house-trained so we're struggling a bit but making progress.

I can't help with the barking but thought I'd pass on some other advice I received. I was carrying our pup outside each time for potty but was told at puppy class that if I do that, he'll never learn the way outside so will always be dependent on me to "know" when he needs to go and to carry him outside.

So now I always get him out of his crate, attach his lead and then make him walk or run to the door and then to the grass. It's definitely helping and a couple of times when he's out of his crate he's walked himself to the door so I knew he needed to go.

So if it's possible at your house then you may want to consider trying this.

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Hi I'm new too and have a relatively new puppy. We've had him for 4 weeks now - he was 13 weeks when we got him and not very well house-trained so we're struggling a bit but making progress.

I can't help with the barking but thought I'd pass on some other advice I received. I was carrying our pup outside each time for potty but was told at puppy class that if I do that, he'll never learn the way outside so will always be dependent on me to "know" when he needs to go and to carry him outside.

So now I always get him out of his crate, attach his lead and then make him walk or run to the door and then to the grass. It's definitely helping and a couple of times when he's out of his crate he's walked himself to the door so I knew he needed to go.

So if it's possible at your house then you may want to consider trying this.

Good luck,
Ruth
That's a very good point if it's a "planned" potty run. But if you have a puppy who is already making the "potty circle when you catch him, you'd better pick him up and RUN him outside, or you may very well end up with a mess on the way!!! (that business of "it will startle them into stopping until you get them outside" is anything but a sure bet! )


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