Just want to rant, puppy driving me mad.

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  1. SHADOW_THE_STAFF

    SHADOW_THE_STAFF Staffie Mad

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    Shadow is driving me mad. She is being so naughty, I say naughty, I suppose she's not really, shes just being a puppy, but man, she's really doing my head in!!
    Yesterday my family visited and she was quite hyper, which I understand completely, she's never had that many people visiting at once, (my mam, gran, sister, auntie and cousin!) and she's a puppy, they made a fuss, my auntie had bought her a shoe shaped raw hide, and she was quietly chewing that. Then she started getting bitey, and I explained that everyone should say "no biting! move away and ignore her. Which they did, except for my poor gran, who is blind and when she went to smooth shadow, shadow bit her, only playfully, but it still hurts, so I put her out the kithcen for a time out. She behaved as I expected really when every one was there, excited, jumpy and, well like a puppy.
    It was after they all left, when she started grating on my nerves, she started going mental. Running round, barking, biting. Fair enough I thought, leave her calm down for a while, she's had a lot of excitment. But after a while the biting (my slippers and pant legs) started really annoying me, then she managed to jump up on my coffee table and knock a pint glass of soad eveywhere, fair enough I thought, I should have put i higher up, then as I try to go get paper towels, shes running in it licking it up, I tell her "no" but for some reason she seems deaf to that word! Odd that. So I get paper towels to mop up, I start moppin up, she starts biting my hand. I put the paper towels on the coffee table so I can rip some more off and she graps that and starts trailing it all of the living room. Im sorry to say at this point I flipped, it was all to much for me and I roared, I mean I have never screamed so loud in alll my life "NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO", I sounded like a lion. And shadow scarped, ran away, tail between her legs, and hid under my video cabinet. Completely my fault, but I just lost it, I couldn't take it any more, has any one else ever done that. I tell you what I'm really reconsidering ever having kids, if I cant cope with a puppy, how could I cope with a screaming baby? Any way, shadow stayed under the coffe table, and wouldn't come over to me when I called her. Then half hour later my partner came home and she was all over him like a rash. Then she fell asleep, and she woke up and she was fine.
    Im worried I've caused a serious damage to our bond, like she doesnt trust me any more. Help? What can I do I feel so guilty now, but then when I think how she was behaving I start getting mad again? Its not her fault, and I've never suffered with my temper before, I've never had one, always kept things to myself, maybe thats it, maybe all my bottled up rage is now surfacing.
    I feel a bit better now I've got that out, but I still feel guilty about yesterday. :(
     
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    I think we have all been there t one time or another my pups are now 7months old and still have mad moments, but they are getting fewer and farer between, but there were times I could have quite easily have picked the buggars up and threw them out of the window, The best expression I have heard and it is true a tired dog is a good dog. get pup out in the garden chasing balls or something tire it out, and when you have visitors next time, put pup on the lead, introduce it to people on the lead, make it sit before they can show any attention, or better still have a baby gate up and once the excitement of visitors is over then let it meet the people, its all very exciting when people come, you are saying hi to everyone, they are hugging and kissing, and all talking at once etc, this all winds the pup up and they get over excited. so take the time to seperate til you have all made your greetings. and remember you are not on your own, I dont think any permanat damage would be done, try to train your pup with rewards, and build up the respect from your pup.

    Mo
     
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    I have to admit, I've done it too, but Boris didn't run away nor stop what he was doing. So, I'm not sure. I wouldn't feel too bad about it though, just keep training her etc and it won't be a problem.

    Another advice though, never use paper towel next to her, it's usually a very bad idea. When you have to clean a mess, put her in another room or something. When she's going crazy, it's like kids, I would just leave her in her room until she calms down.
     
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    I just went home lunch time and realised I forgot to shut the dowstairs bathroom door, shadow is locked in the kitchen when Im in work and the bathroom door is in the kitchen, so because it was open she could get in there, and guess what........toilet roll all over my bathroom and kithcen floor, mixed in with urine....... what a lovely suprise to go home to. Puppy's eh, sometimes I think she may make me cry.....or go insane.
     
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    Awwww good little pup :D probably saw how you cleaned the soda up, and after weeing thought it would help out by cleaning up with toilet tissue, see they can learn :D

    Mo
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    yup..yep..roared..noooooo lets see yesterday? victor is hyper hyper hyper. THe first two months i brought him home i thought i cannot do this dog..i am to old for this, this dog is addhd to the extreme..flailing legs and springs attached..he had me out walking him 3 4 5 times a day as well as taking to the park for the first hour at DAWN so we could start our day. Now is better, much better. It took awhile and we still have our moments. Teaching him down was almost comical..he would down granted for half a second..getting him to stay down took some doing. THey are all nuts for the first two years, then (some WAY MORE THEN OTHERS victor..sigh..) after that they become like a fine wine, improving with age, the years slid by and you despererately wish them to slow. Worth every second of the roaring moments. Wait til your pooch goes thru the teens :D :D :D bubbles saved me the first 6 mths..and still now if i am not up to walking. When i see he just has to burn off some energy bubbles are a wonderful way. All that jumping equals some focused activity and lots of decompression for both of us.
     
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    I am sooooo glad I joined this forum. It keeps me sane. Im addicted to this site, all I ever think about is stuff I've read on here, things I want to add, etc. I truely think I would have had a nervous breakdown if it wasnt for all the lovely people who respond to my posts. I feel like Im part of a big dog loving family, who I can whinge and complain to about my manic puppy! :p
     
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    It's great isn't it. Sometimes you can feel so isolated, like your puppy is the one physcho one in a million. Then you find out they're all like that!
     
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    dont feel so bad, it happens and although you want to take it back, you can't and im sure Shadow will forgive you.

    Today i yelled at Sophie much the same way, she had got out the front and dug a huge hole to lie in out the front, now it is my fault that i let her get out the front but I know that she knows she shouldnt dig. but i yelled. Luckily sophie is older so she just went back inside.

    I don't think you've broken your bond, maybe bent it a little, just give lots of cuddles and attention, *a hug can heal anything!*
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    PS. Shadow is adorable!
     
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    Thanks mrose_s. She usually looks most adorable when she sleeps, and those are the most peaceful times..zzzzzzzzzz
     
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    I think all of us, with the possible exception of CreatureTeacher, have roared at our pups at one time or another, lol! It passes. Even Shiva the Terrible is turning into a well mannered (most of the time) grrrrl now that she is over two years old. And there was a time when her name was often "Dammitshiva" ;)
     
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    That's so true, it's not even funny.
     
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    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    This is so true.

    I'd be in a mental hospital right now if it wasn't for these people. I'd have never gotten past 10 weeks. lol

    Rocky I mean, he was the most mischeivous puppy I'd ever known... don't feel bad if you thought yelling at him was bad... lol :D
     
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    I agree too, Boris has made me really insane, I was crying the first days I got him and was that close to giving him away. Yesterday Tips peed on the floor (no accident for a week then it started, I was half expecting it though), then started walking in it and trying to catch the paper towel when I was cleaning it, I yelled, but he didn't care. I've probably yelled at Boris quite a few times too...

    So reading the forums has helped me and made me realize that in a year or so it should be much better at least.
     
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    my mom ran a licensed daycare for most of my life and is the only human i have ever seen that didn't roar..not once. How she did it i don't know, but i tell ya one thing, her silence can be absolutely deadly. I do believe i have heard my dogs roar on occasion themselves. When Bronki was a pup he was lucky enuff to have a daddy dog. A wonderful patient father that let those puppies climb over him, pull his ears, he played and taught them gentleness, where to hike in the yard so it wasn't in the play area..he was a total blessing. but one day, Bronki was about 10 weeks old or so, right around there and was walking between his father's legs..directly under him and jumped up and bit his daddy you know where..Bin hopped straight up in the air turned around and roarrrrrrrrred at his son. It didn't change much cause once Bronki saw the reaction he did it a few more times before he figgered he better leave his daddy alone. Bin pinned him to the ground the last time, didn't bite him, but the roar could be heard around the earth. So i think it a natural reaction...one they understand in their own langauge as well as ours. How my mama kept her cool thru over 100 children still amazes me..in groups of up to 6, all under 6 years old, over a 25 year period of time. SHe was the queen of control...i am afraid i roar on occasion, like Bin, i got my limits.
     
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    Puppies will be puppies. That behavior just comes with the territory. Maybe next time (if there is a next time?) you should adopt an adult dog?
     
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    Lol after I got Boris I swore I would never have a puppy again. The good thing is that it's much easier and less stressful the second time.
     
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    Me too... I swore that I'd never get a puppy... now I'm already thinking about another... lol
     
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    i wanted a baby when Bronki died. I wanted to start with an infant because i believe so much calming encouraging nurturing training can be done at that stage that keep the frenzies down later. I thought about paying money for one, a pure breed of something i had dreamed about. For i don't know how long i will be able to have a puppy and i am fully aware of the work involved, i wanted to be fair all the way and if you can't walk a lot, and don't have the energy for a pup, then you shouldn't get one. So i debated, a friend even offered up 300 for what ever i chose to get. I didn't want to take my friend up on the offer, it was too generous and not the way i wanted things so i started looking at petfinder. To take a dog in at 5 mths that has had such a hard time, first the full length of a shelter, then to a kennel, no obedience, no handling hardly at all, he was so desperate to be loved he flung himself at you. he didn't sleep, or eat, just spazzzzed. IT took a lot of work, and i don't regret it for a second. Someone lost a wonderful pup. I wish i could give him back those first five months, it would have been so much easier on us both, but we worked thru this and so will everyone that adopts a puppy and goes the distance. They are just like children, toddler, terrible twos, ackward 8's omg teens...all in two years time. Adopting an adult dog is a wise idea for anyone that isn't going to be home or have the time to give "their child" but if you do and you will, there is nothing in this world i love more then a puppy. The time goes so fast..and can be so much fun that all the hard work is worth it. Take lots and lots of pics so you will always remember their baby days. You will be glad you did when they are all grown up
     

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