Post # 1
Ugh. So my toy poodle is about 18 months now and still hasn’t grown out of some behaviors like nipping at people when he is annoyed or anxious, and pulling on the leash when we go on walks.
This kind of stuff really makes my FI upset, especially the nipping. I agree he shouldn’t do it. I read up on it and a lot of it I think has to do with the fact that the breeder sold him to me at 5 weeks instead of waiting 8 weeks for him to be more mature.
anyway, this is beside the point. So I’m trying to be stricter with his discipline, including re-crate training him. I hate it because he snuggles with me every night and he is currently whining in his crate right now looking at me like I’ve betrayed him.
do y’alls dogs sleep with you or in crates? Was it hard for you to crate train? I hate it!
Post # 3
Crate training wasnt hard at all for us. He cried maybe the first two nights. We did it because he gets into stuff at night. He can’t be trusted lol. Now at night when FI and I are watching TV or whatever, he goes into his crate on his own when he’s sleepy! He likes it. It’s safe and comforting for him.
Also, our cat is an ass lol
Post # 4
we crate trained. They now sleep in bed with us… ugh lol. BUT they are both a lot older and I feel safer having them out. We didnt let them start sleeping in bed with us until they were about 4 and they loved their cage once they got used to it. We taught them to “go to their bed” and then we would throw a treat in… we finally got to the point where no treats were needed and we told them to go to their bed and they were fine with it.
Post # 5
@FutureMrsT1221: we will be crate training our puppy when he arrives. SO wasn’t super keen, until I told him that a crate is like a safe den for them. Besides that, I realise a puppy can cause a hell of a lot of damage in a short amount of time, and I’m not keen for that to happen!
Post # 6
I get your frustration! Unfortunately, our pup still jumps up and nips clothing when he gets excited. My SO never enforced those rules, and actively encouraged them sometimes, and so they will probably never go away now. Good luck, I think the crate training is good (especially if they can’t be trusted), but the enforcement of the no-nipping rules are much more important.
I have some good games for teaching leash manners that, if you want, I can tell you about. They really helped us.
Post # 7
You absolutely positively cannot be anything except 100% consistent when training your pup, especially if you’re trying to undo a bad habit that you were maybe too lax about at first.
When you’re crate training and your pup is whining, you do not acknowledge the dog at all until he is quiet and calm. By that I mean you don’t even look in their general direction, no matter how much of a brat he’s being.
I crate trained both of my dogs even knowing that I planned on letting them sleep with me every night. The crate training is still important to me and very good for them! They know where to go if they just want to be left alone, they feel safe in the crate, and it was a good way to be able to leave them alone where they will be safe and can’t get into anything while we get them used to being left alone.
When he nips, yelp sharply and loudly, then get up and walk away and ignore him for 5-10min.
Anything other than strict consistency is almost always doomed to fail, unfortunately.
Post # 8
Both were crate trained but have very different personalities. The first would not stay in her play pen but was super happy to go into a crate and now dens it up under tables and the bed (never sleeps with us). The second also went with a crate, but liked her play pen so much (she was an easier puppy overall) but now sleeps in the bed.
One trick that works is to never shove a puppy in the crate. Throw treats in and close the door behind the pup.
Post # 9
@FutureMrsT1221: When introducing or re-introducing the crate, I think it’s important to go really slowly. Use treats to get the dog in. Only keep him in for short periods of time at first and build up to longer lengths of time. Don’t let the dog out of he’s barking, wait til he quiets down.
As for walks, this harness, the Easy Walk, works really well because you clip the leash to the loop at the dog’s chest. If the dog pulls forward, it turns them in towards you, allowing you to get their attention to give a command like “heel.” We’ve had our older dog for 5 years and I still don’t go on walks without this harness and a bag of treats to work on training with her.
Post # 10
We crate trained, too, and Lu still sleeps in her crate at night (1 year old on Wednesday!).
Lucy is about 3.5 pounds now, also a toy poodle.
She was also weaned early and exhbits some of the behaviors you mentioned–We’ve gone back to school (she did puppy K and Grad Puppy but we’re starting over, basically). She is a resource guarder and was getting nippy with other dogs, and it seemed like it was a fear-based aggression. We’ve been a lot better about being “leaders” at home (we are NOT into dominance training, but are being more assertive, using lower voices, and practicing having her follow us around a lot). Sounds silly but it is totally making a difference.
When your pup gets nippy, can you try gently grabbing the scruff of the neck? This was recommended by a behaviorist and makes a big difference for Lucy.
Post # 10
FutureMrsT1221: I have a jack pug and got her when she was 6 weeks old. I began crate training at 8 weeks old. I gave her treats every time she went in and every time she came out and was quite. She is now almost 6 and sleeps in her crate. I also have a dashund that hasn’t had much training at all when I got her when she was 18 months. She wasn’t potty trained or crate trained. She use to wine a lot at like 7am in the morning. I have learned to ignore her whining and have a blanket over her crate.She still does have the odd accident but she is getting there. It is hard but within a few days he should know you mean business.
Post # 11
Pulling and nipping aren’t things a dog “grows out of.” They are things a dog must be trained not to do. Enroll in obedience classes with your dog – at a reputable school, not Petsmart/Petco. The nipping on introduction may never be completely under control, but with proper training you should be able to control your dog’s behavior enough that they are not in a position to engage in the nipping in the first place.
We started crate training our dog, but then during one of his “in the crate” sessions, he ripped the (heavy steel) door off of his crate, after bending it in half with his jaws. He was 5 months old at the time. At that point, we decided that we were more worried about him doing injury to himself than we were about damage to the house. And my partner is a handyman, so he’s more than capable of repairing any damage the dog does (well, except for that one time he ate the sofa, but that was really an extreme, and we solved that problem by putting an invisible electric fence around the new sofa). But if your dog isn’t a hulk monster, crate training is awesome.