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I would love to hear any suggestions, tips or warnings that someone like me who is new to the puppy scene, and the doodle world might benefit from. 

I would hate to think that in my ignorance I might be engaging in some bad puppy parenting (such as giving our puppy  dangerous levels of exercise).   

OR, maybe you just have some fun, or cool tip to make doodling a greater pleasure.  :)

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Comment by Jo Bill on March 5, 2013 at 4:20pm

Oh, that's a hard question .... there were sooooo many!  LOL  The biggest thing Gizmo did when he was younger (and sometimes try to get away with now) is biting/mouthing.  I tried to give him something else to chew on besides me.  When he tries to jump and nip at us, we very sternly tell him to SIT!  He does and it distracts him from his bad behavior.  Sometimes I would put him on a leash in the house so if he got something he wasn't supposed to have I could catch him.  He really liked to play catch me if you can when he had something he knew I'd take away from him.  LOL  I even put the leash on a table let or something very heavy to keep him with us, but out of trouble.  I took away his tug toys for a while cuz he seemed to get too wound up and ended up biting everything.  He was horrible at walking on leash as a puppy.  He'd jump up on me and tear at my clothes. To remedy that I simple stepped on the leash when he jumped.  Eventually he got the idea.  Sometimes I would leave the room and close the door so he couldn't get to me. 


What didn't work with Gizmo was the spray to keep him from chewing on things.  Quite the contrary ... he LIKED it! 


Once he got a little older, we got an e-collar from Invisible Fence.  We use it on the lowest setting and the beep sound.  It doesn't hurt him and has taught him a lot.  That wasn't any suggestion from the Doodle Community though (I think).  It works for us very well.


All-in-all, I really think consistency and firmness it what will help.  They are really smart dogs and once you establish that YOU make the rules and that you ALLOW him to do things, it will get better.  Good luck.  I'm sure there are others who have much more advice than I do.  I'm just happy that he's grown up a little more.  We still have our trials - he's only 18 months old - but it's so much better than it was.

Comment by Rose on March 5, 2013 at 3:37pm

Jo Bil, what was some of the more helpful advice that you were given for your little ex-terror?

Comment by Jo Bill on December 31, 2012 at 11:47pm

Read some of the blogs posted earlier this year and even last year.  There are all kinds of tips and advice that is EXTREMELY helpful.  Gizmo was a major terror ... like no other dog I've ever had ... and I found so much support and helpful tips on this site!  Everyone really helped me get through the tough puppy times.  Now he is a wonderful companion and all around sweetie.  We've come to love and respect each other.  I'm not sure I could have made it without everyone here.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on December 24, 2012 at 5:01pm

Rose, I'm with you....I use "go pee" whenever I take Ginger out just to go.  It works just fine.  She knows that term now. 

Generally, I don't use it on our long walks or outings.  Ginger will choose her spots there...and I've been trained to know where they are, so we always kinda walk that way.

Comment by Rose on December 24, 2012 at 4:46pm

Thanks Nick, I saw a page full of dog food recipes and was surprised to see how many used garlic in them.  I was told garlic is a big no-no, but I suppose the same recipe would be fine, nix the garlic.   It's nice to have a recipe that takes care of the protein/carb/vegetable ratios for me.  I will keep in mind the "flat out running" and we have several nice walking trails (gravel) here. 

I'm not very creative I just say, "go pee".  I'm considering the "ring the bell to go out" system, it sounds like a great idea.  But I have a grand daughter of about the same reach, and I'm wondering if she would  be a busy little bell ringer and confuse the issue.  hmmmm

Comment by Fletcher-Nick-Rebecca on December 24, 2012 at 4:02pm

Welcome Rose!

I read your lovely story, so happy for you all :)

I think you are on the right track, be persistent with toilet training. Choose a word to encourage your puppy. Even if your puppy does it inside, quickly grab Molly and say the word taking her outside. When you think she may be due for a toilet walk to the back door or wherever and say the word, taking her out. 

Usually soon after eating, a big play, sleeping, napping... she'll need to go!

Yes, try not to do excessive walking and more importantly running flat out in big areas for an extended time. Puppy's need all the time they can get to develop their hips and joints. Also try to avoid concrete pavement/sidewalks, it's very hard and impacts their joints (just like us)

There are lots of different opinions about food, but I think Natural/raw and as un-processed as possible is the way to go if you can find a suitable priced food available.

Usually no dairy, including puppy milk, she should be weened.

Cooked meat from a BBQ or frypan for animals is a big no-no, cooking too quick, too hot and slightly burning makes meat carcinogenic to animals and highly increases the risk of cancer.

There are a few recipes for natural homemade dog biscuits online that are a healthier alternative to shop biscuits, and fun to make :) 

Enjoy time with your dood!


Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on December 24, 2012 at 3:46pm
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