Hi all! We're in the new place now. Just got fence up this weekend and the girls are used to their new home. I have made note that our girls are misbehaving incredibly since we've been here.
There are three of them and they will be six months old in two weeks.
They each have their MAJOR bad habit. I have tried very hard to be patient and flexible with ideas to change behavior.
I'll start with Nikki. She is the Alpha and she has recently become OBSESSED with our 20 pound Maine Coon Tommy Boy. She chases him, licking, biting, sniffing and rolling around on him. Once he had enough he bit her neck to let her know she was lower than him on the pecking block. Well NOW she STILL does all the before mentioned behavior but all the while she URINATES! I am aware this is submissive behavior because he let her know it irritates him. How can I stop it? She trickles trail's ALL OVER the house. I try to clean and inspect carpet often. If this is one of those things that she will "eventually" outgrow I am in for a frustrating few years.
Next is Molly, middle girl. She is most polite and timid OUTSIDE the crate. Once she is in it she barks, howls and whatever else she can think of to get attention. We ignore it now or muzzle her. Sometimes if I just show her the muzzle she quiets. Her behavior is least obnoxious to me. Irritates the heck out of the hubby though.
Lastly little miss Sophie, our wild child. She's the smallest and craziest. She is stealing food from daughter. Granetd all three will attempt, she's the only one that literally "set's up shop" in front of my 2 yr old! She attempted to bite a PB&J sandwhich from Alexis' mouth today. I almost lost it!
I have been exceptionally patient with these gals and endured literally thousands of dollars during my pet ownership for these past three and a half months, and feel I owe them every chance to enjoy their home and family. We even moved somewhere to have a yard and spent a few grand on lumber and labor for a fenced yard for them and daughter to enjoy! Also installed doggy door to help with our horrible potty training! Is it normal to feel this overwhelmed with pups at this age and developmental stage? It's like they do everything they've been trained not to do.
I am aware they are puppies. Just wondering if other people's pups went through rebellious stages around this time. They went from semi-crazy gals to MONSTERS in a few weeks time.
I adopted them from a backyard pup-miller without knowing, so NO she did not discourage me from adopting each 300 dollar mix breed pup. I was trying to better their life's and enrich our family. And I have while keeping the sisters together. I feel no shame coming here to ask my questions! I pity the owners that ignore these behaviors and just re-home because of it. I am TRYING as hard as one person can.
Several people suggested that when I first adopted them a few months ago. I will again state, I do not wish to re-home any of my girls. I am seeking ADVICE to make it work or COMFORT that this is totally normal for 5 and a half month old pups and that there is hope they will mature and move out of these habits.
I am not against re-homing. I do not look down on anyone else who has or will re-home but for me that is not a fix for the girls. They may do it somewhere else. Who knows. I just want our home to run way more smoothly WITH the gals in it.
With the cat and the food problem i would do the coins in can drop to make the noise or you can get a spray bottle to distract them.As far as the crate i have mine next to my bed so i dont have a problem.
Clarknelly, OH! I have heard of the can thing once before but forgot about it. I will definitely try that later today!
I will have to "bring my A game" if I want to catch them in these acts. They are small and quick. Catching Sophie doing anything means I am standing over her, arms reached out ready to pounce. Which I would do if I didn't have to worry what the other two were doing.lol. I will make a coin can for every room so I don't have to go running for it. I think this may work! Thanks CN!
I would jsu tget a can of pennies and throw it.Just like CN said.They need to go to classes now.You and your hubby need to take them.When they try to steal make it very claer to them that its not acceptable.Roll them on their backs and growl at them.I know most peopel are against this.But thats what mom would do and I use it at least 4 times a month.It works for me and they understand quickly!With the cat put her on a leash and giev ehr corrections and tell her NO.When she stops and is in a calm mood praise ehr and give her a massage.(short) Dont give up! They are pups abd they will be growing out of it.Dont get rid of them.Its not needed! Dont let anybody get you down keep your chin up! Tehy will egt it! you will see and it will be a great reward!
lol ... ok sorry not really appropriate to laugh but ....
yes unfortunately betwween the move and their age it is almost a requirement for them to start misbehaving ... you know .. murphys law and all.
just keep on doing what you have been doing. it takes a little longer for it to "click" with the smaller breeds. all you are going through is normal x 3 which has to be rough. just grin and bear it it will become easier i promise =)
You were the one who insisted on keeping all three. All three of the puppies have developed bad habits. They will only get worse because you cannot devote the amount of time needed to each to fully solve the problems. You now have the pleasure of living with the monsters you have created. And it will get worse the longer you allow these behaviors to continue. Do I have any "advice" for you? Sure, but you chose to ignore it the first time.
SweetG, They will get over this as long as you are consistant. BUT I want you to know that this WILL happen again at around 18 months old. I told my friend it would happen to her and she didn't believe me......well, now she does. You have to remain consistant and not let anything slide. When your kids are eating, put the dogs outside or in the crate. The barking in the crate.....have you tried a kong or other types of bones(they make small "jumbones" that my poms used to love) As far as the cat and the peeing, I say try the water, the can may actually scare her to pee more, you may try it and see how it does. I would really work on a "leave it" command. It will help in multiple situations, including your kids eating. And depending on how old your kids are, get them to help training(after you are sure the dogs know what the commands mean) Last but not least, is to take them to obedience training, it can help in multiple ways, mainly with manners but also with socializing and also it will help burn some of that wonnderful energy that I would love to have a drop of! LOL
I know it's hard to turn your back on animals in need. I might have adopted the 3 poms but I would have found the 2 of them new homes. I don't think you have enough time or strength for all 3. I don't think there's enough time in the day for you to take care of the kids, husband, and the puppies. Someone needs to help you with all 3 puppies or you need to find 2 of them new homes.
I disagree, I think she is managing quite well. I think that if she stays consistant, they will get over this and be fine, like I said, it will return around 18 months, but as long as you stay consistant, you will be fine.
I don't think it is a good idea to do an alpha roll. I have yet to see a single dog in MY multiple dog home do that.
It can make the dog/s become aggressive and bad tempered. And it CAN make the dog challenge you for the alpha spot in the family. It's best to train with kindness, not with force. Maybe you could have a friend or 2 help with training-Maybe friends could each take a puppy and do it that way. The thing is you need to stay consistent. :) Good luck with the pups. :)
I am extremely consistent. For those wondering. I am an AT-HOME-MOM, all I have is time. I'm here from when they get up at six a.m. to pee until ten for bed. I admit I am no dog trainer and have never claimed this would be easy, but I am really shocked at how many of you "dog lovers" want me to re-home. My girls are extremely attached to eachother and our family. When PomKatz wanted to re-home Koda for ACTUAL reason's some jumped up her butt for days. Now that I ask for advice on how to MAKE IT WORK, I get snubbed and rude remarks. I will type it one more time, for those that didn't pass their reading requirements in the eight grade. I am NOT re-homing any of my girls.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before it was MY turn to be ridiculed. Seems to cycle back around every two and a half to three months.