Dec 3, 2004, 4:13 AM
wow, that's a bundle u have there, but good news, your bundles sounds a bit like mine before. and ur boyfriend sounds like my hubby too before.. my solution:
Re: [michelleteh] How can I cope with my GR?
Roxy: female GR 18 weeks
train her by buying books on training, ensure she know her specific training time and play time and don't disturb me when i am with a book. how? positive training, i use to hold down her muzzle when she is being bad, nowadays i just ignore her when she is bad, and she hates that or just a really strong "NO". let ur doggie know u r the boss, this mean if u say sit, means sit and not running around. if u say stay, mean butt on the floor till i give another command, for puppies is quite hard but eventually they get the message.
did u get good chew toys for your doggie? i really would recommend u to get a kong, this is expensive and can buy at petshop but it is a good toy. you fill the inside of the kong with treat and let him figure out how to eat it, don't help him, ur dog loves it when he has to work for something, or let him know he has to work for something. i normally would have homemade stuff, mashed banana with raw mince of lamb and freeze it in a kong is a good trick, my roxy really try to lick all and i can spend time doing other stuff when i don't feel like playing with her. when he tries to bite/nip you, remove your hand and say "NO". repeat it everything, teeth are not suppose to touch human skin.
i ALWAYS eat first before Roxy, she will sit at our leg as we eat, i suggest you do this too if u r not doing it. don't overuse the word " good boy or good girl" unless she does something good. i think some ppl, they will let the puppy to sit on the bed or chair and say "good boy" , and then when it's bigger, cannot get on chair/bed anymore and say "bad dog", not fair isn't it. if u don't want a habit, don't start it.
if u have a lawn and let ur dog inside, this is not very fair on him, let him outside, puppies love grass and so do other dogs and grass is good for puppies to walk on as it's soft. supervise him when he is the garden, if he is going after ur daddy plants, then go to him and say "no", i like using hand signs, for "NO", i have my fist and show it to her and she scared already. of course i won't hit her face lah but to threat mah.
i suggest u invest in those baby gates/ playpen/ crate. this is very useful and it will teach ur puppy that he has to be alone sometimes. if ur puppy is sleeping on a comfy bed next to ur bed or something then use a crate to punish him. so if he does something bad, then off to the crate. i have a crate but it's my doggie's den, when i am outside, she will stay in the crate about 4 - 5 hours with adequate water, food, toys, music and ventilation. when i am work, i am now using a playpen since she is now bigger. we are moving to a house next year, so she will not be crated at all by then.
- hmm, sit him down and ask him how much time he wants u to spend time with? does he like pets at all?
- ask him to participate in training baskin and make him prepare food for baskin. or play fetch or anything.
- if u r comfy staying in the same house with ur bf for 1 - 2 days, send ur parents for a holiday or go to his place, bring the dog, experience, you, him and the dog living together, can u do it? if he is jealous of the dog, then sadly miss, you can dump him.
i don't know ur boyfriend, so hard to say but we resolve our jealousy issue. my husband now understands that the reason i am close with the dog cause i spend most of the time with her and now he has taken an effort to do so too. and i am glad roxy too understands when i want human companion. as i am typing this, she is resting at my leg and my hubby is watching TV. she is juggling tennis balls in her mouth waiting for mummy to finish..haha
i agree with bailey that i will not give up the dog but dump the guy. geez. dogs do offer u unconditional love and if this guy can't live with ur dog or stand the dog, afraid he can;t stand kids too if u plan to marry him.
p/s - ohh, if ur doggie barks, ignore him or say in a low tone voice "no" never ever say his name when he barks or shout as he will think u r joining in the fun. bailey, i use the KISS series too! very helpful! and you may want to check www.landofpuregold.com