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JensMom
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posted 03-22-2004 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JensMom     Edit/Delete Message
now, I'm not complaining really...I'm so in love with my 3 month old shih tzu...but, some days I feel so frusterated...everything that can irritate you about a puppy, barking, whinning, housebreaking, biting, training etc...UGH...makes me want to pull my hair out at times. I just need a little encouragment I guess...please tell me that this gets easier... I keep telling myself that in a year it will be so much better. Did any of you feel like this when you first got your pups?

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peteroxy
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posted 03-22-2004 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for peteroxy     Edit/Delete Message
first i want to say that you sound like a really good mommy. you obviously love your puppy. i understand your frustration. i have three dogs, and the most recent one is the only one i got as a puppy.

my first two dogs were adopted from the pound. the first dog has separation anxiety and let's just say, he cost us hundreds of dollars in damages. Pete's only a 10 lbs dog, but whoa! can he eat up a door and destroy carpet! so i got roxy, and she helped with his separation anxiety (yeah!!) but unfortunately, being 1 years old, no one had ever housetrained her. I would walk her for an hour, bring her back in, and what do you know? she goes #2 on the carpet. I really thought she hated me and it affected my relationship with her. She did EVERYTHING inside on the carpet and NOTHING outside, except to go beserk when she saw other dogs.

A dog trainer was the best money I have ever spent. It improved my relationship with Roxy. She no longer goes in the house and I'm no longer frustrated. If you find that you are unable to fully train your dog, I say the few hundreds of dollars you'll spend on a behaviorist/trainer is the best spent money.

Having just recently adopted a puppy a little more than a week ago, I totally understand the whining. The puppy is only 7 weeks old now, but luckily the whining stopped after a week because I just let him sleep with the other dogs who are usually crated at night, but I uncrated them and penned them in the kitchen. The 3 am and 6 am whining stopped and it's so sweet to finally have a full night's sleep. I've also been blessed to have gotten a puppy who (so far) loves his wee-wee pads and uses them consistently.

If you can't afford a trainer, then I'd recommend going to the library or bookstore and borrowing books on raising & training your puppy.

Things will get better!!!!!

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peteroxy
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posted 03-22-2004 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for peteroxy     Edit/Delete Message
I looked up some articles that might be useful for you. Hopefully there'll be a "gem" here:

Whining
http://www.perfectpaws.com/whine.html
http://pages.tipking.com/pets/tip_112.shtml
http://www.auspet.com/ubb/Forum2/HTML/000534.html


Biting
http://www.metrokc.gov/lars/animal/Educate/cassidy/dog/dog3.htm
http://www.dogpatch.org/training/biting.html
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/bite2.html
http://www.perfectpaws.com/bite.html


Housetraining
http://www.perfectpaws.com/htrp.html
http://www.perfectpaws.com/htrp.html
http://www.about-dogs.com/puppy_house_break_training.htm

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sillysillypuppy
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posted 03-22-2004 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sillysillypuppy     Edit/Delete Message
Hello there!

When I first got my puppy a couple of weeks ago, I was going nuts. I was surprised at how fast a person could fall absolutely IN LOVE with a puppy, but also at how frustrated I could feel.

I think, no, I know that frustration is normal, and it makes you all the more good mom. Your frustration just expresses how much you love your puppy and how much you care for him/her.

Although I dont have a novice answer to your post, but I must say, I felt EXACTLY as you felt, probably even more.

Hang in there and just keep in mind, although it may be hard at times, this lil furball (the puppy =P) loves you unconditionally and that kind of love is hard to find~~~~ =)

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sandangel
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posted 03-23-2004 05:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sandangel     Edit/Delete Message
Wow I guess I'm lucky... I have 2 ,12 week old Shih Tzu's and the female almost NEVER barks and the male only barks if he's roughhousing with the other dogs.
They really don't chew up anything except if I leave paper on the floor which they love to shred, and they only nip at me once in a blue moon.

HOWEVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I totally understand the potty thing.........Mine can be out side playing for an hour then come in and poop in the livingroom. It's making me crazy!

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JensMom
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From:St. Louis Mo
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posted 03-23-2004 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JensMom     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all so much for responding..you have no idea how much better your words have made me feel. It's kind of like being a new mom where you feel like you are the only one in the world going thru this. Thanks for sending the links also, I'll spend some time reading about her behavior and hopefully it will give me some insight as to why she does what she does...you all are wonderful!

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