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Date Posted: 22:22:45 08/04/03 Mon
Author: pixie
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Subject: Re: house training help!
In reply to: Lin 's message, "house training help!" on 09:17:30 08/04/03 Mon

When I adopted my puppy she was obsessed with anything that remotely resembled food. She would gulp anything she could get her paws on as fast as possible. This was due to being one of 10 puppies in a litter and being the only deaf puppy in the litter (we figure she probably missed out on a lot of nursing due to her deafness as she was about half the size of her littermates). I have noticed this behavior in other dogs that are adopted from shelters and/or the pound. All of the dogs that I know that exhibited this behavior were strays. I'm guessing that it's the stress of not knowing where their next meal was coming from during their time on the streets that causes them to become so neurotic about food. Kaia eventually dropped her totally paniced I must eat as fast as possible behavior (slowly). I found with my puppy that with house breaking etc just telling her no & taking her outside & praising her wasn't enough. She had to know that I was very upset with her and just going outside wasn't enough to get back in my good graces. I would put her in her crate or somewhere by herself for about 20 minutes and severly scold her prior to putting her in the crate. She is very sensitive and hates to be by herself let alone know that I was mad at her AND be by herself. Perhaps just rewarding the good & distracting from the bad is not enough for your dog. He may think that, although he only gets treats for good behavior, the bad behavior is worth the consequences. In my experience every dog is different and hounds are typically VERY stubborn and food driven so good luck (my parent's Bassett is 7 and still clears food off the counter if it's left within reach). My best suggestion would be to make the bad behavior VERY unpleasant. I'm not saying you should physically reprimand your dog but finding something that makes an impression such as separation and a severe scolding with lots of big facial expressions might make a difference either with the housebreaking or stealing food. Most of all it takes patience for lots of shelter dogs to let go of their baggage but it sounds like he has a great home:) Good luck!

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  • He doesn't understand that.... -- Noofies, 23:25:04 08/08/03 Fri
  • Re: He doesn't understand that.... -- Lin, 20:30:29 08/09/03 Sat

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