My new best friend

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  2. Here she is...Miss Shelby. Ten weeks old. Smartest dog on earth! Cutest too!

    Darn it! Why everytime I send a picture here does it end up with funky white dots! Anyway, she has one blue eye, and one brown. It is quite stunning to see in person!
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  4. by   PJRNC2
    I'm so happy for you and your family. You have capture them on film! The white dots must be the places Miss Shelby's gardian angel dog kissed her and whispered soon, soon - you will have someone to love.
  5. by   fergus51
    Hope you have many years of fun with this cutie!
  6. by   Zee_RN
    Awwww....how cute!!! Have loads of fun with her! (Oh, but, by the way...I have the smartest dog on earth...hehe).
  7. by   aimeee
    She is darling! You will have so much fun with her! I just love puppies. My labrador is 3 years old now but he is still just a big puppy at heart.
  8. by   hoolahan
    Thanks all. Now, any tips on how to keep my darling from pooping in the house immediately after I take her out for a 30 minute walk? LOL?! She's cute, but her poop ain't!

    PJ, I like the theory about the white dots!
  9. by   fergus51
    Have you tried wee-wee pads? They are just like blue incontinent pads, but they have dog scent on them so the dog wants to go on them and not y0ur floor. They worked well for my friend.
  10. by   hoolahan
    Thanks fergus, do they work for doo-doo too?

    I want her to go outside, not in the house. Could I put the wee-wee pad outside? I don't want o encourage her to do any business inside. I have to go out for a little while today and get the kids some new shoes. I dread what I will come home to. I am keeping her in the kitchen while we are out, and I understand she can't hold it yet, but eventually, I hope her bladder size strecthes beyond 10cc's! She's been pretty good with piddles, you don't have to guess when she'll do that, just take her out, and it's a guarantee. Of course when she poops in the house, there's usually a little pee with it. But, what I can't figure out is her bowel habits. I took her out for a long time today, knowing she goes about 8-10 each am, but after that whole long bit, she came in to poop! And poop is not cute! I have to get this handled, since hubby will not be nearly as patient as me. I have forbidden him from touching her or even yelling at her in a mean way! Maybe I am being too soft? I just want her to feel comfortable (but not that comfortable) as a member of the family before we get serious. Is that a mistake?

    I don't want her to be scared of me, so how do I admonish her for this? MY son said today, you have to show it to her and say BAD DOG! I don't know, it seems so mean! I KNOW sticking their nose in it does nothing! Some say it even encourages them to eat it! GROSS! My other dog learned from her mommy, our other dog! So, I have never had to train a dog before. I think I'll go surfing to find out more. I am open to any suggestions!
  11. by   Scarlette
    What worked for my pups was taking them outside immediately after they ate, drank, or woke up from a nap. Showing it to them and saying "no" works too. I don't smash their nose in it, just show them and say "no!"

    Good luck!
  12. by   Reabock
    I have found that lots of praise and positive reinforcement and watching them like a hawk is the best. Never punish the dog and never rub their nose in it . If you catch the dog humped up to go, then sharply say "NO" and pick her up and get her outside to do it properly, then praise her for being a good dog
    I just came from my friend of 20 years home where I was checking out a rescue puppy she is socialising. He will be coming home with me next Tuesday, barring any unforseen problems. He can be seen at: http://www.knowltonsdogobedience.com/web2012.htm
    She is a dog trainer so I will have all the advice I need in having this puppy adapt to a new way of life Should be very interesting as I have an aging 14 year old lab and 6 cats and my husband comes home on weekends with his medium sized mixed breed dog, also. He, of course does not know that we are soon to be doggy parents again
  13. by   fergus51
    You can put the wee wee pad outside. What my friend did was put a rock in each corner so it wouldn't fly away. Before you put it out you can also use it to clean up some of your dogs own mess, as that's supposed to make them want to go there. I never used them cause my dog uses a litter box.

    A good rule of thumb for dogs is that they can hold it for the number of months +1. Like if your dog is 2 months old, she should be able to hold it for no more than 3 hours.
  14. by   kaycee
    Congratulations on your new family member, she is darling!!
    I agree with taking them outside after they eat, drink, wake up or play hard. If you see them starting to go say no and take them out as Reabock said. Never yell at them after the fact because they have short attention spans and have no idea why your yelling at them.
    The best and fastest way to housebreak is to crate them, especially when your not home. It's not mean and they also can't get in to anything that might harm them when your not there. They really don't like to pee or poop where they sleep so this does work well. It also protects your belongings from chewing and other destruction. At 3 months she should be able to hold bowel and badder longer periods. Most pups like their crates if they are introduced early and feel safe and may retreat there if something scares them. Crates are fairly low in price these days and most professional dog handlers will recommend them.
    I used to show and obediance train dogs in my much younger days. I know Miss Shelby will give you many happy years of her unconditional love
  15. by   Karen K
    Crating the dog when you are not home is probably the most effective method. And, as Kaycee said, gives you the added benefit of not coming home to chewed up shoes and furniture, yes I am talking from experience. Good luck with your new little angel! She is a cutie!

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