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Old 06-30-2009, 09:38   #545
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Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
First of all, thank you. I just hope I can do Mike justice here.
I am confident that you have succeeded.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
The roundworms can play a roll here. They can cause diarrhea and vomiting in young animals. How long ago was he treated for that?
3.5 weeks ago was his treatment. He was prescribed Interceptor by my vet which evidently is a 1 pill every 30 days treatment.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
As far as expecting too much from him, I'm not to worried about that. From the moment puppies are born, they are taught the rules of the pack from their mother. The main thing that humans have to worry about is not being able to find the balance between being calm and correcting the behavior.

You remember watching the "Set it and forget it!" infomercials? That's the approach you need to take with all corrections "Correct it and forget it!" If you've got him on leash, then a gentle tug coupled with the stern "NO" will be all you need. Remember, the purpose of the correction is not to punish, it is to redirect the dogs attention to you.
I dont have anything to really comment on this but I didnt want you to think I ignored it, so thanks for the advice. I will definitely work on it.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
First, is there just one spot that he goes in when he's inside? I'm sure you're probably doing this, but you absolutely have to make sure that when you clean up the mess, that it is totally clean. Dogs experience the world with their nose first and you have to make sure that the smell is totally gone.
I have been very diligent in cleaning up the messes, both for his benefit and my own. I have been using the Natures Miracle Advanced spray to clean up the smell so he can't smell it anymore, which seems to work really well. He doesn't have a favorite spot where he goes. Basically just wherever he is at when he gets the urge.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
Second, has he done it in the kennel recently?
The last time he has went in his crate was a week ago. I got him a new crate (I was concerned about air flow in his old crate as it gets hotter in the evenings so i got him a wired crate). I think it was a combinatin of too large of a partition that I gave him coupled with "this isn't my den." He has been really good since.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
Third, Can you think of anything that would link the accidents together? Is he excited? Are you excited? Is it before or after you do an activity? Is it before he gets fed? etc...
It tends to be somewhere within 30 minutes of his regular trip outside. Kind of like he hits his point that he can't hold it anymore. So I would cut down his intervals to only 1.5 hours thinking he can't hold it 2 hours just yet. And he will pee within 30 minutes of THAT interval. So I increased it back to 2 hours and watch him like a hawk.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
Since he's a young, energetic puppy, it would benefit you both to work on training patience. This is going to help his attention span issues, which may, in turn, help the accidents too.

Your job is to create associations for him. You want to start associating everything with relaxation. Starting thinking in his terms, everything has a meaning. Change feeding time to a feeding ritual. The bowl does not get placed on the ground until he is calm and relaxed.

When you get home, he doesn't get acknowledged until you are ready and he is calm and relaxed. I think you can see where I'm going with this. What this will start to create for you is the ability to see changes in behavior easier.

If he is relaxed, then out of the blue he starts to sniff around or whimper, that's a sign that something is going on.

Couple that with keeping him tethered to you should start to see some results.
I will definitely work on that. How stubborn do I need to be? We kind of have a battle of wills at times. With it involving feeding time, do I stick it out until he calms down regardless of time frame?

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
On some other notes, how well are the walks going?
Walks go really well. He has taken to the leash easily. He has started to pull on the leash recently. I am not using a prong colar, just a buckle colar right now. Which I am definitely open to using if you don't think he is too young for it. His focus on me isn't what I would want but I am not sure if its cause of his age or if its cause of lack of training. Once I get his attention while working with him, I have his attention. But I lose it easily with distractions. The buckle colar really doesnt do much in the area of getting him to redirect his attention to me. But I also didn't want to move too quickly into the prong collar/choke collar and him have a bad experience that'll scar him.

Originally Posted by Blinky View Post
and also, you broke the cardinal rule! We need pics of the little guy!!
Haha, my apologies. Here you go....I'll give a few extra for my penance:

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="6 Weeks"></a>
The night I brought him home.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="McBain 7 weeks"></a>
At 7 Weeks down at the office with me.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="McBain and Bob 2"></a>
Playing with Bob, my sister's 3 y/o male lab.

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Mcbain and Bob 1"></a>
Chasing Bob
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