Post # 1
Hi Bees, I’m in need of some advice! Our wonderful puppy has turned into a demon! Not really, but he has been BAD lately. He’s at 4 months and has been pretty much potty trained for about 2 months. Sometimes there’s a pee if he’s too excited, or if I dont move fast enought to take him out. He has recently just been pooping inside. Without even a warning. He was so good at telling us when he had to go. He has also taken to chewing on things (gonna happen, I understand that), but his favorite things to chew are the super expensive things! Last night he also chewed half of the decorations off of the tree. I honestly don’t know he even reached that high. If it wasn’t so irritating, I would probably be a little impressed. **Ok vent over.** Anywho, is this just a phase? He’s getting fixed next week…will this calm him down some? He’s not a big pup and he gets TONS of exercise, its like this is an attitude problem that came out of nowhere. Advice please!!!
Post # 3
This sounds like our dog at 4 months, you will be happy to know this sounds like a normal phase, as she also chewed everything, even nibbled on us a few times. She also did the excitement wee when she saw anybody, but luckily she grew out of that quick!
Just perservere, and make sure that if it is bad behaviour, to correct him or he may continue to do it when he gets older 🙂
Post # 4
We’re going through that with our puppy now. I almost feel like they’re testing you when it comes to going potty in the house all of a sudden. Seeing how much they can get away with and if they’ll still get in trouble. I would just keep training the way you were when it comes to the potty issue. Let him know you’re still serious about that lol
As far as the teething…our puppy is ripping up all of our expensive things right now too (she’s about 5 months). Or trying to at least. I think this is the point where their teeth are growing in so they’re in pain. We just make sure she has plenty of teething treats (kongs and nylabones) and try to steer her towards those. And we never let her out of our sight, unless she’s in the crate. I hope it’s just a phase…because I’m in the same boat you are and it’s exhausting and frustrating!
Post # 5
This is totally normal. You just have to make adjustments to your lifestyle because you have chosen to add this new busy family member.
In lieu of a regular Christmas tree, I have a small real potted tree sitting on top of a table. We had the same issue with him chewing up ornaments and lights off of the tree. So far he hasn’t tried to climb on top of the table.
He’s now 2 yrs old so I’m hoping next year we can go back to a full size tree. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
Post # 6
Sounds a lot like what our puppy was doing. Our pup is now 4 months old but she was a terror up until recently (though she still drives us nuts regularly). We were tempted to give her back because she was so bad, but our breeder said that we just have a dog that is going through all the crazy stuff first, rather than being good and testing us after. So far it seems true because all the other dogs in the litter that we were jealous of for behaving so well, are now going through what your dog seems to, while ours was hell until recently lol.
For teething we found that our dog lovessss ice cubes and they really help to numb her gums so it doesn’t hurt so much, and she’s less likely to chew on anything she isn’t supossed to. It’s important to be really diligent about moving anything that might be a potential chew toy (shoes, etc.) out of her reach during this stage.
How was your dog letting you know he had to go before? We trained ours to ring a bell attached to the front door every time she has to go out and she always runs to the door and rings it when she has to go now. We lifted her up and touched her nose to the bell everytime we took her outside and she eventually learned the trick. Maybe that might help your dog?
I’m not sure if you are already doing this or not, but crate training makes potty training a heck of a lot easier so I would look into doing that if you aren’t already. Or at the very least, keep your dog on a leash inside the house. This way if they need to pee you will be able to watch them start showing signs and can take them outside before it’s too late, and it will help for ensuring they aren’t chewing on things they shouldn’t be, or going after the tree.
Post # 7
It’s definetly a phase all puppies go through. I went through 2 lab puppy phases and I will tell you this is all normal to me. Puppy’s don’t have full control over their bladders bc they’re still growing; until after 9-12 mths. Accidents will happen no matter how trained you think they are. Chewing is normal and you need to learn if you leave it out where you can’t see it or let him roam unattended, it’s your fault. 🙂 If you catch him in thr actual act of chewing on something bad, then yes you can give a quick discipline, but any yelling or disciplinary action when they are not physically doing something doesn’t work; they won’t comprehend. Crates and baby gates work wonders! You don’t have a bad puppy, you just have a puppy! It takes alot of time and patience, please don’t give up on him. Not saying you would but I do hear this alot bc people get all caught up in the cute factor and forget that it is hard at first and you do need to train. Good luck!
Post # 8
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Yep, it’s normal! Try putting foil kind of bunched/wrinkled under the tree – that should help!
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice ladies. He’s not really crate trained (he knows of it as his bed), but more kitchen trained I would say. His crate is in his kitchen, and we keep the area closed off at night with a baby gate so he can walk around some. Darling Husband wakes up to go to work at 5, so he would move the one gate from the kitchen, to the hallway, thus allowing puppy access to the dining room and living room as well. This worked out fine for a couple of weeks, just these past 2 days he has been a little hellion, leaving me lots of surprises when I wake up. I wake up an hour later, so I have now learned my lesson that he can get in lots of trouble in a little time. He tells us its his potty time by whining, with a little bark mixed in if he has to go poop. He is a very quiet dog (its pretty amazing…to me lol), so its not difficult to get that mixed up. Earlier today he was sitting with me in the dining room, walked into the kitchen (i could still see him) and just started pooping without warning. I think we’re gonna keep him in his kichen area only during the day and then cage only at night until this clears up. Ugh, I’m not sure what else to do.
Post # 10
Oh, and I’m going to go get him a Kong later today to help keep his little mouth busy!
Post # 11
Puppys are strait from the Devil! Its not until about 2 years old you can expect some change 😉
We have been rasing a German Shepherd pup pretty much from 14 weeks and he consumes our life. If he isn’t properly excercised mentally or phsycially or we dont have clear boundaries , we can expect trouble. We were chewed on, jumped on, knocked into tons of times during puppyhood- they don’t call them “fur gators” or ” land sharks” for nothin’ lol. We practice NILF ( nothign in life is free) and use a lot of redirection when they get ahold of something you don’t want them to aka the Christmas tree.
For chewing, I reccomend getting ” bully sticks” ( amazon, petsmart, petco, etc etc), and glad to hear you are getting a kong! Also a big ol stick from outside is great, if you can keep them contained so they don’t throw shards of sticks all over.
You can also freeze a wet wash cloth so its like a terry cloth ice cute , they love to chew on that!
Post # 12
@Eva Peron: lol! I used to think that kittens were Satan’s minions…until this pup! JK….not really. I’ll be counting down the days until he is 2!