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Buyer's remorse... [Jun. 27th, 2004|11:51 am]
Just me.
I'm beginning to have buyer's remorse about the dog. I still love him and all, but the constant attention he requires is beginning to wear at me, especially knowing I've got 10-13 years of this ahead of me. I hope it gets better as he outgrows his puppyhood, but at the moment I'm a little overwhelmed.

the main hard parts:

1) He's now figured out the whole I'm-in-the-crate-while-she's- at-work game, and we have to literally physically struggle to get him in the crate. and then, even then sometimes he pees in the crate. Friday Ivan was dropping off his dog for me to babysit this weekend while he was out of town, and when he came by at 2pm, Elzar had alread peed in the crate, despite only being in there since 8am and having peed prior to going in the crate. Maybe I have one of those Savage Love dogs that just LIKES sleeping in pee?

2) Elzar's main form of communication is whining. Not just to signify "let me out to pee" or "I need more water", but also to communicate with the cats. half the time I hear this sorrowful whine, go to see what he needs, and he's staring at the cat as if to say "Play with me!" (the cat, of course, is having none of this). He'll also whine at other dogs, at me when I go into the bathroom, at the mailman...maybe it's his form of some meaningless social nicety, equivalent to "Have a nice day". But I hear it and think that something's actually wrong and needs my attention, which means I keep getting up only to find him whining at an uninterested cat.

Other than that, he's okay. But I'm beginning to think I'm not up to the task of parenting anything less self-sufficent than a cat.

[User Picture]From: treebyleaf
2004-06-27 06:41 pm (UTC)

Well, bleah!

Okay-- just standard double-checking:
1) The crate is just big enough for him to turn around in and no bigger.
2) He gets water only with his meals and does not have free access to water.
3) He has already peed when Ivan arrives, as opposed to peeing when he sees Ivan as a sign of gratitude and submission.

(I'm shaking down the grapevine, trying to get a helpline in Tacoma for animal behavior problems.)
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-06-27 09:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, bleah!

1) yes, no problem here.
2) I've been leaving food and water for him from when he gets out the crate til morning- perhaps I should institute a "mealtime" instead? it was so hot this last week I felt guilty not letting him have water whenever I was hear to let him out. maybe I should pick up food and water at bedtime?
3) yes..as the commercial used to say- "you're soaking in it".

I'm actually no longer in tacoma- me and sir chews-a-lot live in west seattle now. (I work in tacoma, but that doesn't really effect the dog much).

He's not ill behaved per say- I'mm just not used to such rambuctiousness.
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[User Picture]From: treebyleaf
2004-06-28 04:15 am (UTC)

Re: Well, bleah!

One recommendation for housebreaking is to leave the food down for only twenty minutes. Canines are well-designed to gorge, as opposed to picking away all day like a cat. I'd try picking up the water at night; nights are cool, it can only help.

Shook down some of my good dog people about the whining... he may be whining so much because it's so effective; you always come look for him when he whines. You have to, of course, because he may be asking to be let out... but the consensus I got was that when you check out his whining, come into the room *without making eye contact with him*, and if he isn't standing at the door, leave nonchalantly without checking in with him, so that you aren't unintentionally encouraging him to keep making that noise.

I've still looking for a recommendation for a pro who will do a free phone consultation. I know, he won't be a rambuntious teenager forever! But we're talking about some real housetraining problems at this point.

Hang in there.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-07-01 08:42 am (UTC)
If you need a break, perhaps I could babysit him for a day...
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-07-01 11:26 am (UTC)


why,do you have too many tv remotes at your place? heh. seriously, I may take you up on this at some point. thanks.

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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2004-07-01 12:43 pm (UTC)

Re: maybe..

Maybe I could plan on going on a hike that day, really wear him out!
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