Does anyone else have this problem? Toby is approaching 9 months old. In the morning when I am trying to get dressed and ready for work, he just gets into everything if I don't pay attention to him. First it's the bathroom trash can, then my make-up basket and if all that fails he will jump up (he's only 4 lbs. and very small) and grab the end of the toilet paper roll with his mouth and take off, toilet paper unraveling behind him as far as he can get before I grab him. I know he wants my attention because he doesn't do this to anyone else. Help!!! Should I lock him out of the bathroom? I hate to ignore him because I have to leave him alone while I'm at work and I try to spend a few minutes with him in the AM before I leave.
I'm kind of in the same spot, but my puppy is literally a puppy (eight weeks old). I just keep reinforcing the stern "no" command and then silently praying that he learns. For me, it's chewing on my feet while I'm putting on my make-up, tugging on my jeans while I'm walking...oy vey!
I wouldnt lock a dog that small in the bathroom.Who know what the dog could get into.You could try a crate instead.Also dont be afraid to show the dog whose boss.When he does something bad swat him.Not hard but firm to where the dog doesnt like it and where he knows hes in trouble.Them put him in the crate. Hope you solve you doggie trouble:)
Oh boy, can I relate to that. Toby still does that. I tell him, "no bite" and give him a chew toy. That works for about 30 seconds. I must be doing something wrong because he is almost 9 months old and still doing it. Maybe it's the Maltese or Pom side of him. He won't let me have any peace when I'm on the potty either. He grabs my shoe strings, pants or undies and tugs on them. I think I need to get a squirt bottle and start squirting him when he does it. Telling him no isn't working anymore. http://www.dogster.com/?56140
The story of my life! Dallas and Jake usually play with each other all morning but little Courtney (Australian Shepherd) bites my feet, pants and tugs, my underwear/jeans while I'm on the potty. She also grabs the toilet paper and destroys the entire roll.
maybe if you put a scarf or something around his muzzle and then have the ends tied around behind his ears(you also use this technique on a dog who has trouble breathing) since tugging and bitting involve his mouth.This is prbably a more gentler way than using one of those huge leather muzzles you use for barking
The REAL question is DO YOU REALLY HATE IT? Cuz it sounds so cute and I know as much as I say stop,stop, stop, my tone of voice is saying GO GO GO, cuz deep down it's so cute and makes me laugh. You have to start using your mean voice (if you can).
lalayla, You might have a very good point. As much of a pain in the a** it is when he does this, it is really, really cute to see a little white fluff ball grab one end of the roll and go zipping by my feet trailing tp all over the place. He is so darn cute and playful. He really thinks it's a game. I need to change the tone of my voice and use my mean tone with him. When we get to the end of the roll I always let him have the cardboard tube. Maybe he is trying to hurry that along. He loves to tear the cardboard tube into little pieces.
I put my foot down when it comes to things I really don't want messed with, such as anything possibly dangerous or Dad's good shoes (God forbid), otherwise, I have to let her get away with having some fun!
Easy solution to you with puppy problems in the bathroom. Don't take them in the bathroom with you! For the biting/nipping, mouthing, won't let you get your shoes tied/let go of your underwear type behavior, gently grab them by the scruff of their neck, gently shake them and tell them "no" or "no bite". And go on your merry way. You have to be very consistant with this, especially with puppies. Also, please never swat/hit. That will not help! Our now 10 week old puppies still come up to chew hands (mouthing) and all we have to do now is tell them firmly "no bite" and they stop. Good luck!
i find teaching the "leave it command" and using that works for me better than "no." with "leave it" they are getting a direct thing to do, leave that alone. it is really funny. we have 2 kittens now and one of them will grab our pajamas if they are on the floor and go running down the hall dragging them and growling. its' a scream.
When they start doing that stuff, I start carrying around the water bottle mixed wtih vinegar. One stream squirt in their general direction when they are getting into stuff they don't need to. Then they realize maybe they don't want my attention by doing naughty things after all.. ;) You have to be consistent though, yes it's cute but you can't let them get away with it. Or they will keep doing it, or worse.
I am going to opt for the squirt bottle and see what happens. Yes, Chick, I was going to say what Cricketmom did. Hitting the pup will only bring on more problems. He will become afraid of the hand and timid. It will cause more behavior problems than it helps. Grabbing him by the scruff of the neck and growling or saying "No" to him is a much better way. It is what his dog mother would do, (the grabbing and growling). I know when I was a kid, if the dog had an accident in the house, my Dad would grab him and put his nose in it and yell at him and spank him. Those methods have been proven not to be acceptable anymore. They don't work in the long run anyway. There are alot of good reasons for not hitting your puppy.
Wendy-I know how ya feel! Ace, especially, is a huge attention seeker. When he wants me to look at him he makes this coughing noise that sounds like part sneeze part bark. It's funny. I try not to acknowledge him when he does that. I want him to know that is not an acceptable way of getting attention. I think as Toby gets a little older he may grow out of it...when my mom asked the vet how to stop Abby from biting people's jeans while they walked and eating dirt he said it'sjust "dumb puppy syndrome" and she will grow out if it. Well, she did. But Toby is 9 months old...I think he should be growing out of it pretty soon I bet. Hopefully he'll become a bit more independant then. It's so hard to outthink a puppy! I thought to myself, well if Ace keeps peeing on the blankets..when I get up in the morning I'll just take the sheets and blankets off of the bed. Yea right. Ace then thought...hmm, no blankets to pee on, great. Ill just chew a hole in the matress. Lol. No one said raising puppies was easy =0) Good Luck! **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494 Abby: http://www.dogster.com/?50370 Summer: http://www.dogster.com/?7041
Okay Chick, I hear you. It just sounded like you might spank your dog, which is a very normal reaction and alot of people do it. I used to think it was allright too, until I came on here. I didn't think you were beating it or anything like that. I tapped Toby on his nose once because of his nipping. I later learned that even a tap can make them shy away and be timid. When I tapped him, he did act very funny, like I had hurt his little feelings. I spanked my boys when they were little sometimes. I wonder what the difference there is? My sister has twin 6 year old boys now. She doesn't believe in spanking and they are very wild and unruly. I'm not sure what the right call on that is, but I can say that my boys have grown up to be very well adjusted young men. I hope my dog grows up to be well adjusted too. I don't think you abuse your dog. Don't worry. =)