I purchased 2 puggles for my 6 1/2 year old son 3 months ago. WE did a lot of research on what kind, who, where, what to do etc...Guess i missed it. They are now almost 6 months old. These two are completely different. From same litter, raised the same, but one is a mess. One is calm with some typical expected puppy issues and is trainable and progressing. Other, on the other hand is about out the door i have literally felt like taking her to a rescue and being DONE with her 1200 plus dollars later. She digs 3 foot deep holes, digs up my flowers from 22 inch pots, digs and moves the rocks from around my yard all over the place, has destroyed my sprinkler system, costs me various amounts to my gardener of 200-350 a pop to fix her messes, jumps like crazy, doesn't listen, runs away when i catch her in the 'act' of doing something wrong when i am trying to discipline her, doesn't listen, doesn't follow any commands, stubborn, stupid, add, flat out beligerent? Then when i catch her, and tell her NO and put her face in whatever she did, or even spray her with the water gun (trainer said to do this) she doesn't care and goes back to doing it again. Barks in her crate at night and during the day if i have to do something or work. The list is long. If I didn't have the other to compare, i would be lost. My recently married brother took her off my hands last night to see if he can work with her for a few days to decide if he can and will keep her long term. I think I am ok with her going to my brother long term that way she would be close to the other one and my son. My concern. shoudl i spend more money on a private trainer, is she trainable? The bond between the two puppies, tonight they are sleeping alone when they are used to sleeping on each other. My son who knows/understand the situation and is also upset by what has been occurring, still wants them each to have each other and still considers them both 'his'. Am I really hurting the puppies by separating, do i bite the bullet and pay more to a private trainer to get her years of training? Is it worth it. I woudl love to keep her if i knew we could get it fixed, but i don't have 12 hours a day to work with her. Is there such a thing as ADD or mentally off puggles?
"i have literally felt like taking her to a rescue and being DONE with her "
having a new puppy can be frustrating and because they're mutts you never know what you're going to get so to say that you have two of the same litter that act so differently is not uncommon - I would actually expect it.
I had struggles with my guy and he's now about a year and a half old and I can say that he is the perfect dog. After I had him neutered he did calm down quite a bit too. (Please have her spayed) He has lots of energy - like yours - and long walks did the trick because he was able to release a lot of his energy. Mind you he still pulls like crazy when I walk him but that's mostly my fault cause I have let him explore and "follow his nose" - it's the beagle thing and I don't know that it's something that you can untrain.
If you get a trainer then he/she should train the whole family "furry one's included" and get everyone on the same page and understand why dogs do what they do. Take it from me, it won't take years - Seriously, I saw results the very same day - it just take discipline on the human family members part - you have to be conistent.
Again, I know you're feeling frustrated but hang in there - if you feel that you really can't keep her please send me a PM. What state are you in? I'll take her. I don't want to see her go to a Rescue; there are far too many of these mixes in rescues and shelters already. (that is if your brother doesn't want her either)
"tell her NO and put her face in whatever she did"
don't do that - it doesn't work and it's not the right way to correct her behavior. When i would find the little "treats" I would bring him over to it (if i was sure that he just did it - any longer and you can forget it , he won't even remember what he did) not too close but he would watch me clean it and I would say "Outside" and then i would take him outside and then give him a treat if he goes potty outside. He learned to associate outside with the poopie business.
A private trainer should tell you that dogs learn from positive reinforcement - I'm not sure of how they say it but it's something like you have to re-focus them on something that you want them to do and reward them so that they are ignored when they do the bad things and then if they don't get a treat for something - trust me, it doesn't take long for them to figure out that it's not worth it.
Hi, buy some Pup-eez from petsmart. It's 8 dollars for 50 tablets and all natural. These little pills will chill that baby right out. Plus it sounds like your dog needs to go jogging for like 3 miles a day. If you don't jog try getting her a run for the yard or playing fetch for a really long time. For my puggle, I had to give her a small bone and mke her lay on the couch with me and chew it while I held onto it until she chilled out. I had a small, oat filled plush toy to put with her in her kennel at night so she wasn't lonely. I sat next to the kennel for maybe 5-10 mintues at bedtime so she would chill out. At 8 months old, she is calm and very cool.
3 miles would be too much for these 6 month old babies. Suggesting meds to 'chill them out' is not the right way to go. Training it whats it takes. No pup is born knowing the right things to do, it is up to you to teach them, drugging them is not the answer.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
3 miles is too much for this mix at ANY time of their lives. and I agree that drugs are not the answer either. Patience, learning dog behavior and consistent training is the way to go. I'm sure the OP is not going to be checking this but.....just in case.
You really owe it to these puppys to try harder to train them and not just ditch one of them off because its costing you more money to clean up after his messes he makes. How sad- I myself have 3 dogs all very close in age, Bentley 1.7 years old and Daisy just turned 1 and now Louie that is 13 weeks old. Its alot harder with 3 but i do the best i can because i owe it to my dogs, they didnt ask for me to get them and then not train them and let them run wild. I dont see how anyone tho could rehome or give up a dog? My dogs are my life and i would try everything under the sun to correct bad behavoir and know its my fault that im doing something wrong and i need to get help to make it right. Also, why would you put your puppys nose in what ever mess hes made? thats wrong and maybe why she is acting out. I know i would if some one rubbed my nose in anything. Yes i would seek out help of a professinal and go from there, you owe these little pups that and i would of thought you would of thought about all of this before buying 2 pups the same time? Trust me Louie my 13 week old pup is a handful- but would never ever in a million years consider to rehome him or give him away- Hes part of my family and i took on the responsiblity to give him a forever home adn that means threw the bad and good times- Not just him being a good dog, his behavoir is taught- just like a small child, you have to teach them right from wrong they dont just start out knowing what to do- imho- theresa