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Help!!!  When does Luke turn into a "dog" instead of a puppy that is determined to destroy me???  Right now, he is a creature only a "mother could love"! 

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Comment by Barbara Holloway on November 6, 2012 at 1:32pm


Comment by Lois - Izzi on November 6, 2012 at 12:56am

No, there is hardly room on the kingsize bed now.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on November 6, 2012 at 12:17am

Wouldn't it be nice if people were as tuned into each other as dogs are?

Comment by Jo Bill on November 5, 2012 at 10:29pm

They just seem to KNOW what we need when we need it most.  Happy for your moment!  There will be more.

Comment by Barbara Holloway on November 5, 2012 at 10:21pm

Thank you again, everybody!!!  By tonight, I had planned to write and say that I followed all the advice and Luke is the best puppy on the planet.  Instead...  Yesterday morning started out, on a scale of 1 to 10, as possibly a 4.  By 4:00 this afternoon, it was a -22.  I finally apologized to Luke because none of the things had anything to do with him and I just sat down on the couch to stare at a wall.  Out of no place, he jumped up on the couch next to me, which he has never done in his little puppy life, and put as much of himself as he could on my lap and the rest of his body right next to my leg and went sound asleep.  He didn't move for over an hour and is being so sweet I keep thinking he may have a problem I don't know about...  :)  Tomorrow I will worry about all the puppy things I was worrying about yesterday, but today it's good.  Thank you all for all of this and for all the help I am sure I will need in the future.  I know this is a temporary reprive, but it was perfectly timed and I will be ready when things go back normal!  There has never been a sweeter dog than he is being right now.  Positive proof that what has been going on will eventually go away and this is what there is to look forward to!!      

Comment by Jo Bill on November 4, 2012 at 9:55pm

Barbara, reading your blog took me back to last year when we first got Gizmo.  HOLY COW!!!!  He was the WORST puppy in the world.  I was in tears so many times ... he tore my clothes ... he bit ... he was sooooooo naughty!  And all I wanted to do was hug and love him.  sigh!


I can personally tell you that there IS hope!  Just hang in there.  You do need to establish "top dog" in your family.  He will respect you and love you and needs to know YOU are the boss.  That's not to say that you can't love him and hug him ... I do Gizmo all the time now.  I totally agree with everyone about rewarding him for bad behavior .... NO, that's not how it's done.  Gizmo got time-out in his room so many times because he was bad.  He also was on leash in the house a lot, sometimes anchored to a table leg so he could be by us but not tormenting us.  He now knows NO means don't do it.  Oh, he still tries, but we are consistent which is another key in training.  You need to be clear and consistent and he will catch on very quickly.  I tell Gizmo "no bite" or even "uh-uh" and he will re-think his bite and decide it's not a good idea.  Gizmo is 15 months old now and is absolutely the BEST dog in the world.


The last two nights he has jumped (Yes, he was able to jump) up on the couch with me and snuggled.  Yes, he thought he might put his mouth on me or tug at my robe, but responded to "No, don't even think about it".  Then he lay down with me and even put his head on my shoulder for awhile while I hugged him.  It was sooooo very precious.


So, it is worth all the stress and challenges you are facing and there is hope.  Keep letting us know how it's going.  We are all here for you!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on November 3, 2012 at 6:57pm

Barbara, just a note - Dulcie has always walked pretty well on a leash (always close at my side, never leading) and I only use a retractable one when we are traveling and I need her to find a potty spot.  But, she would sometimes get excited on our regular walks when other dogs (usually on retractable leashes!) are pulling toward her, with their owners clinging on behind!  I tried a Gentle Leader and the first time I put it on it was like magic.  No pulling, no leaping and she sticks her nose in it for me because she knows we're going for a walk.   She never even tried to paw at it.  Just another option . . . .

Comment by Lois - Izzi on November 3, 2012 at 2:05pm

Barbra, there is one exception to the long leash and it's is in your blog...  the beach..  allowing him to run is good and important to his growth.   This is the time to have a pocket full of training treats.  Allow him to run dragging the 5 or 6 foot  leash (if you can safely) call him, treat, run with you, treat;  allowing him to explore,  call him and go in a different direction.  treat him every time he responds to your call..   (Whistle trained would be a good thing at a beach.)   Also if there are other dogs, ask if he can for a few minutes with those just to meet and greet.   On the way home, shorten the leash (same leash 5/6 foot held at mid-level.  He should be at your side..   No exploring, just the walk or run as you choose.

All leashes are to be held loosely...  if he is pulling he is waking you.   You'll have to undo his conception.  Restart with in house training as I've suggested below.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on November 3, 2012 at 1:17pm
Hey Grace and Pemon~ we are fine! Barbara, Jasper was very mouthy around 3-4 months. But he has pretty much outgrown that. He is 7 months and 32 lbs now. We start a new class today called Focus & Folly. It is to work on greetings before the holidays get here. The 'focus' is proper greetings of guests and the 'folly' are a bunch of tricks that they can perform for company. Sounds fun doesn't it?! Then we will be ready for our CGC class...followed by our therapy dog class. If all goes according to plan, we will be ready for the therapy dog test
just as Jasper turns 1 year old. Whew the next few months are going to be busy! Hang in there Barbara...and be firm. Luke will respond to your loving training! Oh...and definitely stay away from that Petco trainer!!! Ask your vet to recommend someone. They usually know good trainers in the area.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on November 3, 2012 at 11:25am

Hey Catherine and Jasper.  How are you two doing?  have not heard from you in awhile.  Barbara meet Catherine.  She also had the same problems you do in the beginning.  (As have many of us) All you need is lots of patience and love.  Right Catherine?

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