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Puppy Questions :)

I feel like I keep coming up with questions, so instead of starting a new thread every time I will just use this one! I'm going to start with only one question for now so nothing gets lost!

My roommate has a very...vocal dog. She barks when she's hungry, needs to pee, when she wants attention, when someone walks by, or for seemingly no reason at all. She is very loud (a 100 pound mix with a voice to match) and does not get anywhere near enough exercise. She isn't my dog, so theres not much I can do about her. Is there anything I can do to prevent my puppy from picking up the barking habit? I know that teaching the puppy to bark and quiet on command is good, but I really don't want him barking like this other dog does.

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Unfortunately, it has been my experience that puppies learn from the older dogs around them. Hopefully, someone has some ideas and tips that I don't know about.


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Yeah, that's a tough one. iIt is VERY hard to teach a young dog to be quiet when there is an older one carrying on like that in the house.


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Will keeping them separate help at all? I will not be leaving the pup alone with the other dogs, since they are 80 and 100 pounds and could easily hurt him without meaning to The other dog is pretty well behaved and only does normal alert barking.

Should I take him with me so he isn't around the other dog so much? I'm a student, so usually I'm only gone for 2-4 hours at a time. I don't know about leaving him in the car when I'm in class though :/ It is pretty temperate here but I'm still nervous about it.
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Will keeping them separate help at all? I will not be leaving the pup alone with the other dogs, since they are 80 and 100 pounds and could easily hurt him without meaning to The other dog is pretty well behaved and only does normal alert barking.

Should I take him with me so he isn't around the other dog so much? I'm a student, so usually I'm only gone for 2-4 hours at a time. I don't know about leaving him in the car when I'm in class though :/ It is pretty temperate here but I'm still nervous about it.
Leaving him in your car isn't a good option. Even if it doesn't get too hot (which can happen really easily and very quickly, you have to worry about "cute fluffy puppies getting stolen.

Keeping him out of hearing range of the other dog will definitely help… I'm just not sure how feasible it is. This may be something that you need to manage as well as you can while you are living with these people, and work on breaking the habit when you no longer live with them.

I would talk to a local, positive based trainer who can come and assess the whole situation in person, and give you specific management advice.


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I've picked out a positive, holistic, private trainer in case I need her I'm assuming I will at some point!
Second question: Clyde is coming home at 12/13 weeks. Is it ok to start him on walks right away? Maybe not to a dog park, but just around the cul de sac or whatever. Also, how long of walks can he go on? How does that increase as he grows? Will he say when he's had enough?
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I've picked out a positive, holistic, private trainer in case I need her I'm assuming I will at some point!
Second question: Clyde is coming home at 12/13 weeks. Is it ok to start him on walks right away? Maybe not to a dog park, but just around the cul de sac or whatever. Also, how long of walks can he go on? How does that increase as he grows? Will he say when he's had enough?
He shouldn't be walked in public areas until after he has had all his puppy shots. The back yard, or with known, healthy dogs is fine.

I seem to remember that Kodi did fine around the block as soon as he was cleared by the vet. By 6 months he could walk for half an hour or so, and by a year, he walked anywhere we did!


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I would never leave a dog in a car unattended even if the weather is good. Too many ways to get hurt by falling not to mention excessive barking/anxiety can lead to problems. I'm a retired police officer and nothing made me madder than finding a child or dog who'd been left in a car. It doesn't take long for a child or dog to overheat even if it isn't extremely hot...the combination of a little heat and anxious barking/panting/crying can lead to overheating in a matter of minutes.
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I would never leave a dog in a car unattended even if the weather is good. Too many ways to get hurt by falling not to mention excessive barking/anxiety can lead to problems. I'm a retired police officer and nothing made me madder than finding a child or dog who'd been left in a car. It doesn't take long for a child or dog to overheat even if it isn't extremely hot...the combination of a little heat and anxious barking/panting/crying can lead to overheating in a matter of minutes.
Well, they shouldn't be ABLE to fall, since they should either be confined in a crate or restrained in a car harness.

And as far as barking and anxiety are concerned, that's a training issue.

MANY, if not most people who do trials and dog shows leave their dogs in the car at least some of the time. The dogs usually rest better and are more comfortable in their own surroundings. HOWEVER, we learn how to set the car up to manage heat, we check the dogs regularly and we DON'T part in public places where theft is a danger.

So I am not totally against leaving a dog in the car, but it has to be managed well, with LOTS of air flow, shade, either from a shady parking space (which you check often to make sure the sun isn't shifting) or a shade blanket for the car. I have a Mini Cooper with a hatch back and a sun roof. With the windows, hatch and roof open, it is no hotter in the car than it is outdoors. AND it has to be in a secure location, where the dog is safe from theft. Finally, the owner has to train the dog SLOWLY and CAREFULLY that the car is a safe place to stay, and that the owner will be back for them soon. This part is no different than crate training.


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Karen, I guess I broke the cardinal rule by saying "never", but I was responding to a question concerning leaving a dog in a car on a college campus opposed to running into a store to pay for gas, ect. while my dog was in the car (secured in his crate). Not everyone secures their pets in the car so the risk is there. I should have articulated what I meant by "barking and anxiety" causing more problems...what I meant was that they can increase the risk factors in an over heated car. Even a well trained dog can resort to barking at strangers or become anxious in unusual circumstances that you're not there to control.

I can't speak for the show circuit...I've only attended shows as a spectator. Your description of the preparations you make as far as ventilation and parking sound like you've got a well thought out plan, but I'd still worry about thefts. And truthfully, I doubt that I'd leave my dog car even if there weren't just the threat of theft...Murphy seems to rule at my house and I'd be a wreck worrying that something would happen. The dog show scenario is apples to oranges to leaving a dog unattended in a public place like a college campus. Only an assumption but I'd assume that you are able to check on him frequently as well as the fact that you're in a place with other "dog people" who would recognize a problem. I guess I've seen one too many dogs and kids who were left in situations that could have had bad outcomes to trust leaving my own unattended.
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