puppies! forum: Curly Sue

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Imagehuggergirl
Nov 14, 2011 7:39 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
arrived here on Oct 15th,with her sister zoey .then zoey flew home to Denver with her new parents,my brother and his wife,14 days later. All went well seperating them,had 1 nite of crying a little ,I put Ralphs smelly shirt in with her made it much better...LOL

Have not had dog in more than 15 years..Its been all good so far.

Curly is soaking everything up like a sponge,she is a sharp lil doggie.She is sitting,playing fetch. Trying to get her to ring bells hanging on the sliding door ,her I have to potty is very subtle, all in all she is doing very well with potty...But she just peed on the floor ??? Like a toddler she was playing and stopped walked over a few feet an peed.. Thumbs down This has not happened in the last 14 days.But we need to get her to be more animated to say she needs to go out. Reading the book by Cesar millan watching puppie 101 and the dog whisperer.
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ImageLance
Nov 18, 2011 1:28 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Sorry I missed your posting for a few days. As you know I have been having my time challenges recently.
Thanks for sharing your new found family member. These are certainly some very fuzzy little guys - maybe good for hand warmers in the winter as she sits on your lap.
Let us know how it goes. I have an article on crates and potty training if you want some more to read. Some body language can be very subtle indeed.
My favorite dog author is Carol Lea Benjamin; you may want to get her book "Mother Knows Best". I have found it to still be good after all these years.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Nov 19, 2011 6:40 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
thanks Lance ,I know you and your family are going through a rough time right now,soo glad things are getting better. I need to get back to read some more on your dogs page. We are doing well so far but we need to tweek things a bit.She is already crate trained,doing very well with potty seems to get better everyday,she is holding it longer ,just need her to be louder at the door,when you dont want louder you get it when you want it you dont get it...LOL..She is AMAZING and her sister is doing equally as well. Im going back to do some more reading great stuff Lance thank you . tamara
ImageLance
Nov 20, 2011 7:37 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Maybe you can train her to use a bell or similar hanging from the door. I have not done this but know of others that have and it can certainly get your attention.
Keep us updated and of course have fun with her.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Nov 21, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
We have been using bells hanging from the door,and its working ...YAY...She is now ringing the Bells with Energy. And she really has to potty when she has rung the bells,she is doing better each day. Every time we would get ready to go outside we would ring the bells and get her to ring them,she soo gets it now.Thanks lance
ImageLance
Nov 21, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Wonderful, glad it is working out for you. I hope they are secured well!
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imageflaflwrgrl
Nov 25, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Name: Ann
North Central Fl
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! She's ringing the bells!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Good for you Tamara & good for Curly too! Be sure to praise her mightily & just so she doesn't get the idea bell ringing is for fun & not potty you can make sure to say "good bell potty!"

Tell us more about her. How old is she? What breed if you know. Details, details. She's adorable ~~~ we can see that!
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers
Imagehuggergirl
Nov 26, 2011 6:33 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
Curly is a Scnoodle(schnowzer poodle) she is 14 weeks 5.8 lbs...LOL Lovey dubby
Oh she gets praised,alot...she is Potty trained YAY Hurray! She rings the bells with enthusiasm now .So happy I totally trust her now. I need to do more reading on Lances training thread. My only problem now is she wont come to her name when we are outside . Only when she is wound up...So I didnt want to use treats but Im thinking maybe I should ???? Tam
Imageflaflwrgrl
Nov 26, 2011 7:46 AM CST
Name: Ann
North Central Fl
It's okay to use treats to train, it's just that you don't want to OVER rely on treats. If you can do something down the line; like not let her know you're holding treats ~~~ such as putting pieces of hot dog in your mouth then when she comes at your command you spit a piece at her. And also sometimes she doesn't get a treat but a hearty "GOOD COME, GOOD GIRL!" with vigorous patting. Then you can taper off the treats & switch over to high praise. ALWAYS, ALWAYS end training sessions on a good note even if you have to give her a really simple command that she does by heart.
You can also break down the behavior you want into parts. Such as sit, then you add the "up" to it. So it isn't overwhelming for her to learn "sit up". There's a really good way to teach dogs too by noting when they do something accidentally or just what they feel like doing such as she lays down --- you didn't tell her to, she simply wanted to lay down. You have to mark that behavior IMMEDIATELY saying "good lay down" & give her a treat. When you see her do it again then you praise her again. It won't take them long to associate the action with the word. Really! It's amazing how well this method works. And it's totally unstressful for you & the dog & it's all positive training. Try it with "come" ~~~ while you're going about your business around the house & she just decides to come to you then praise/reward & say "good come!"
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers
ImageLance
Nov 27, 2011 7:14 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Check out http://cubits.org/Dogs/articles/view/339/ for some thoughts on food and training.
I personally never use treats as my dogs always seem more distracted by the food and are unable to pay attention to the training. If it works, then go ahead and try, but each dog is different and responds to different training methods differently. Be prepared to modify what you do based on how she responds.
Ann has some good ideas about relating activities to commands, it does work.
One final thought - never give a command you cannot enforce or you will teach her she does not need to respond. In other words, if she does not come when called, do not call her unless she is on a leash and can be made to come. I did not let my dogs off lead for over a year until I was sure they would come, unless we were in a very big place with limited potential for injury to dogs or others.
I need to go and take the doggies for a long walk now before our drive home.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Nov 28, 2011 7:08 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
OK ive been bad ,we have not been working on leash training..Bad.. that is our focus right now. Ive been good as far as the other things..I soo praise her,with a hearty good dog and patting,she is just as happy with that kind of praise ,I did use a few treats with the come curly,it has helped already,,Ive only used them once. So the leash comes out today.. Ought to be interesting ...she is very smart,now i just need to be Smarter than she is...LOL..I need to do some more reading..Thank you soo much..Tam
ImageLance
Nov 28, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
It sounds like you are doing better than most, congratulations. Keep up the good work.
I forgot to mention I have a large fenced in area for the dogs, so they have plenty of opportunities to run and play ever since I got them. Anytime there is potential for distractions and injury I would make sure to have them on lead. I am still working on distractions but have mine mostly off-lead trained now.
I have often said the biggest difference between dogs and children is that children can (eventually, usually) be taught to understand why something is done a certain way (run in front of a car you get hurt). Dogs don't have quite that level of reasoning typically, so our job is to ensure they are kept safe and sane.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Nov 29, 2011 6:54 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
i soo understand that ,I know very well that dogs dont know a car will hurt them. So many people think that a dog knows those things ??? . We have a very large yard,and we dont go over to the road side of the yard yet. Im a over protective MOM..LOL..WE seem to be doing pretty good,so far,We have had a Great dog years ago ,that we trained,and my DH has raised a great Dane that was well trained.Then the DH trained me how to train our 1st dog..Funny thing Now ,the DH is the 1 that gives treats ...I dont ...LOL.. He is teaching her to speak...LOL..

I got to see my 1st wheaton Terrier on Thanksgiving oh what a beautiful dog, Murfee ,he is very well trained ,I was soo impressed.

Raining cats and dogs today wont be playing outside..
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ImageLance
Nov 29, 2011 10:04 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Raining cats and dogs is perfect for what you have! The dogs can chase the cats and play with all the other dogs.
We just got 2 kittens so we could have some small indoor lap pets for Skye. Labs seem a bit large for my son's lap (mine too). So far they are separated but visible to each other. Another few days and I will see how the nose to nose meetings go.
Cute puppy.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Dec 1, 2011 6:06 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
I kept trying to post yesterday ,power was on an off all day. Got our 1st 6.5 inches snow only after the 3 inches of rain,Oh what a mess for a lot of people,40 hours of no power ...Ackkk, not us TG.. I do love the Snow...Curly loves it... Rolling on the floor laughing

2 kittens oH BOY... Lovey dubby That will be interesting Blinking I can understand wanting a lap pet,a lap lab could be a bit overwhelming ..LOL.. Curly and my 2 cats are doing pretty good,they tolerate her,Its getting better..
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ImageLance
Dec 1, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
As long as I can keep the dogs from using the kitties as wonderful squeaker toys I should be good to go. The dogs will listen reluctantly and the cats will probably hide from the dogs for a few weeks, but eventually we should all be one big happy (tolerable?) family.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagehuggergirl
Dec 2, 2011 6:28 AM CST
Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamara Nelson
N.E. Indiana
LOL....im hoping for the same..My cats are not real happy about the pup..Hoping that changes,would love to see them play nice.They dont stay upstairs allday anymore and they are having a lot of nose to nose contact,and an occasional smack from Willie...That sets Curly back for a Minute...LOL

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