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  1. Puppy issues overnight

    The difference in your scenarios is that in the first you were home. When you leave he isn't silly. He knows he can't get your attention. If you're just upstairs, then he knows you can hear him.
  2. It's a reality of life that people work. If she wants a Cavalier, talk to more breeders and find one that accepts that. ETA when I was looking for my westie I encountered a number of breeders who told me the same - if you work you can't have a westie. I found it very narrow minded. My vet and dog physio were more than happy to give references on the home a dog would have with me. They knew how my staffy was cared for and what a beautiful dog he was. I have my westie and he's gorgeous. I took three months off work to stay at home woth him and the mature cocker I got to be his friend. As noted by the poster below, I had a transitional plan to ease the change with me going back to work so it wasn't a shock. We went to the monthly westie walk on the weekend (about 53 westies) and there were lots of comments on Max's lovely outgoing nature and friendly demeanor. His vet also thinks he is a beautiful dog as do my neighbours. His is a nice, well adjusted dog. Properly socialised and happy in himself.
  3. Ratting with Terriers

    Our corgi was a brilliant mouser. Used to flood the nests under the bird cages to flush them out and boy was she quick and lethal.
  4. What should I pay, German Shepherd pup?

    I do wonder why price isn't in ads. It certainly was a consideration when I was looking for a pup. I didn't want something cheap, but I also didn't want to pay heaps. I was tossing up between several breeds and price ruled some out. In hind sight, that was a good thing due to problems in the breed. I no doubt would have found out about those if I'd looked further into the breed, but cost saw them removed from the list in the earlier stages, before I went through detailed assessments of hereditary issues. I love the dog I ended up with - a westie. He is everything I was wanting and I could not ask for a more ideal dog.
  5. I think there were 30 or 60 tablets in the bottle. If he was too itchy for my liking, he'd get one. As westies are prone to skin issues i didn't want scratching to become learned behaviour. The vet agreed he seemed itchier than he should, so he got a medicated bath weekly and the antihistamines as needed. He's been good ever since.
  6. Is his flea treatment up to date? My westie was itchier than i would have liked as a pup. I discussed with the vet at one of his visits and he got some antihistamines to use as needed. After the bottle finished he's been fine (now three yo).
  7. Puppy issues overnight

    Does he need a crate downstairs if he has the pen down there? I've got two dogs and 8 dog beds..... They have a bed where ever they will sleep for a prolonged time. You can get cheap ones from the cheap shops - the ones i have in the lounge room were $10 each and are wearing well. So, it might be possible to have a normal bed in the pen and his crate in your room.
  8. Puppy issues overnight

    I find people seem to make raising a dog very complicated. It's not that hard. If you start as you mean to continue then you are most of the way there. By that i mean if you want your dog to sleep in a crate next to your bed, that is where they go from day one. You're not going to keep your dog in a pen all of it's life, so start the way it will be living, whether that be inside, outside or a mix. At puppy stage, they're like toddlers exploring and learning about their environment. Allow them to do that. Allow them to move away from you, but keep an eye on them to keep them safe. As they get older (16 weeks or so) they can have small amounts of less supervision in safe areas. Yes, they need a pen if there isn't a safe place when you go out, but other than that, pens should be used sparingly IMO. They will never learn if they can't experiment and explore and won't suddenly know XYZ is right or wrong if you don't invest the time now to teach them. If you want an obedient dog, again training starts from day one, not when they reach some magic age. They can easily learn to sit before they get meals and you just build slowly on what you ask. Pups are babies with short attention spans so learn best IMO if the lesson is short ie the couple of seconds before dinner is put down. You can call them over during the day and give something yummy and bingo, you're starting to teach recall. I think the above poster didn't mean that you interact less with your pup to help them become independent. Certainly not be separated from him during the day. He needs you at the moment. But he also needs to run around and look at things and to learn how to play and amuse himself in appropriate ways.
  9. Puppy issues overnight

    Don't stop him napping. My westie is three and doesn't make it through the night without going to the toilet. Neither do I, so how can i expect him to? The dog door is open and on the odd occasion it isn't, he gives a single bark or a growl if it's super urgent.
  10. Puppy issues overnight

    Tassie, my westie has me well trained - no treats no sleeps LOL
  11. Puppy issues overnight

    He can still bark in a crate, so crate training won't fix your problem of barking for attention. If i were you, i would try to teach him an appropriate way to ask for attention. My preferred way is they come over and sit quietly. To do that, if he cries for attention, ask him to be quiet. As soon as he is quiet, make a fuss, give him a treat and play with him. Do not allow him to escalate to barking. If he does bark walk away, don't walk over to him as that's telling him barking gets you to come. Obviously that's not something to start in the middle of the night. Work on it during the day. Night toilet time should be toilet, back to bed. Little interaction on your part. Are you closing him in his crate at night or can he run around the pen? If he can run around, I'd be closing him in the crate. There is no reason the crate can't be in your bedroom now. My westie was in the crate next to the bed from the first night. If left loose, he'd want to play. The crate kept him quiet and he slept really well. ETA I've just reread your post. Is the pup allowed out of the pen or is it always in the pen? I only used a pen when i wasn't around to supervise ie went out. For the rest of the time pup had free rein to run around like a dervish and explore his environment. He never cried or barked for attention as he could just come to me when he wanted.
  12. As your dog has been allowed to roam all of its life, I doubt neutering will change that. My staffy was entire until he was 11 years old. He never roamed and never displayed inappropriate behaviour. The undesexed female nearby isn't going to help, but once desexed i would say he is still going to roam at every opportunity unless you actively do something to retrain him.
  13. Ziggy - Poster Boy!

    Go Ziggy
  14. I looked at breeds when my staffy was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. Luckily it went into remission for four years, but I'd contacted a breeder i liked the look of and kept her updated over the four years on his health. When he died, I contacted her and said I'd be ready for a pup in around 9 months (it takes me that long to get over losing a pet). Worked in perfectly with two litters she bred. Maxwell was born at the end of May and came home 1st August. I knew from the moment he came home he was exactly what i wanted. Sam was irreplaceable so it was wonderful to find a dog that was just as perfect. Max is nearly three now, time flies!
  15. Livestock guardians???

    My experience with foxes and traps is get a good chook pen instead. Put a roof on your pen - can be chicken wire. Then wire on the ground for 2 foot inside the fence, copper logs and fill. Never lost a chook after we did that. Pen had a large tree in the middle and it wasn't hard to put the roof on.
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