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Ok now he's just freakin me out....

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Dotte, Jan 30, 2012.


  1. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Bryson used to be more than able to entertain him self on the floor, playing with his toys on his little blanket for hours if he was in the mood but now lately all he does is sit down and look at me, I swear he won't stop. He doesn't want to play with his toys unless I'm there to play with them and even then he get's bored very quickly, he won't chew on his toys anymore just on the sofa or tables, he's obsessed with getting behind the tv to the wires, I've blocked it off but he won't give up jumping and growling at it... It's like he's constantly bored but I try and keep him occupied as much as possible, but I cant entertain him 24/7! I rotate his toys so that he doesnt have them all at once, I buy him new ones to make it more entertaining but he just walks around and sits and stares at me... What can I do to make him play more independently and stop needing me all the time to play? :confused:
     
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    Have you got any of them toys where you can hide treat in them and he has to figure out how to get them out?? Mine are occupied for a while with them.

    Mental Exercise Dog Toys - Great deals at zooplus

    I have a few of them, keeps the ferret entertained to :D
     
  3. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    I have his kong, he is extremely food motivated, like food obsessed, and that does keep him occupied for a while but then when he finishes that it's right back to seeming to bored and just stare at me again... I just want him to be able to play without me being there moving everything and entertain him... It is really driving me crazy, I need to be able to do my own stuff too.. And he is getting a bit destructive, he'd rather chew on everything elske but his toys, including my feet...:mad:
     
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    How much exercise does he get??
     
  5. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    He's only 15 weeks so I take him out on 3 10-15 min walks, in the evening all he wants to do is run so we run a bit as well, we play fetch a good bit to burn off all that mental puppy energy, and then we do about 15 min of obedience training each day after that he follows me alot too cuz he knows there might me some more treats in my pockets, as I said mental food obsession :eek:
     
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    I can't help on the bored issue, I remember Pix being much the same for a few weeks- which I just pushed through.

    However- on the chewing note. If you see him chewing anything you don't want him to- give him something he CAN chew. If you can't trust him alone in a room to do this- section him off. We had a large play pen for Pix (and now Eira) with all her toys, and most importantly nothing she can't chew within range. It's a pain, yes, but it'll save your furniture and he won't learn that (say for example) sofas are tasty as he's never really played with them.

    Perhaps fill a kong with a bit of peanut butter- make it really hard to get at the end, and leave a few of those around. Honestly though, if he's chewing on things you don't want him to- either provide him with something tastier or just don't give him access to it. Easier said than done, I know!

    Is he crate trained?
     
  7. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Ok so this might just be a phase? Oh please let it be a phase hehe, I am going crazy with the sitting and staring and igoring his toys.. I might have to do that, he's only alowed to be in the room I am in or in the kitchen on his own (properly puppyproofed with nothing to chew on).. I do try to redirect him to his toys, even his faves Mr. Humpey or Blue (yes I name his toys :rolleyes:) But he's just not interested, I've read about the bitter apple spray would that be something to look in to? He is crate trained at night, goes quiet straight away and sleeps all through the night but he goes crazy if u crate him during the day, especially if he knows we're home, barks, whines, digs and he does not stop, like at all so I just have to give up cuz the neighbours arent too happy... I just feel like I'm boring him and I dont know what to do, I just want him to be a happy puppy who can play on his own :crying:
     
  8. Souris

    Souris PetForums Senior

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    It's a phase to the extent that pups need plenty of stimulation I'm afraid! Pixel was rather demanding and it just meant that any time he was awake I had to be doing something with him- either it was relaxing time (time he spent alone in his crate), training, socialisation or play. He couldn't sit still and relax- he didn't learn that skill until he was about six to eight months old to be honest!

    I know neighbours are a pain: but is he given any time away from you during the day? Pix (and Eira) both have scheduled times during the day where I pop them in their crate with a kong to relax- it keeps me sane. Pup's are hard work after all!

    First, are his toys available at all times (I know you say you rotate them mind)? Even I'd find them boring if I had them all the time. What I would do is separate them into a few piles: toys we play with ONLY on walks (so the EXTRA special toys he recalls for), toys we play with Mum with in the house (and only you- not ever by himself) and toys such as kongs that are available plus are loaded with paste/peanut butter etc.

    Redirect him towards the kongs/chewy toys when he's chewing, and then only play with him with the other toys- so they're more stimulating. I'd try and pop in some 'me' times at various points of the day where he's away with his kong/sleeping etc: have you got a schedule for the day?

    I'd agree with keeping him in one room with you- that way you can keep an eye on him. Also, I'd really persevere with the crate during the day: I'd advise if he's going to kick up that much of a fight to do it in baby steps. Do you use a clicker at all? If so... Click when he enters the crate of his own regard, click when he stays there for a few seconds (perhaps laid down and relaxing) and build it up to a few mines- then fifteen minutes etc.

    It's not easy, I know. It's hard going keeping them amused, but I do promise you as adults they do relax! I'd really push the kongs for the chewing, and try to schedule yourself some breaks during the day where he goes somewhere to relax. Do you do the settle command at all? It was one given at our training class, basically you have the dog in a down next to you- and click for every thirty seconds of quiet settled behaviour, feeding them TINY titbits for every click (then slowly extend the time you wait before clicking). By the end of the classes I could just tell Pix to settle and he'd lay down quietly for up to half an hour.

    Keep at it! You'll miss the puppy times in a few months! Also, we all name our dogs toys (I think!). Pixel has Mr Seal. :eek:
     
  9. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Oh my god, this is amazing stuff, thank you so much :blush: I'll be putting this to use from tomorrow on, right now, even though we just had a walk he has the zoomies, mental little thing :) But again thank you, this is priceless advice :blush: I always feel like I've taken on too much especially since I'm alone with him everyday till college starts back up again, gonna b a bit of a chock for him, bless :eek: But this forum is a life saverm yous all are :blush:
     
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    Glad to help! I got loads of advise of this forum when I first had Pix, and quite honestly- it kept me sane! :eek:

    Another small tip: do you do puppy push ups at all? Really great way of mental/physical exercise- useful to know- and most importantly: tires them out! Basically a puppy push up as a series of down-stand-sit in random orders. Start with a basic rotation, and then mix it up plus stop if he looks like he's getting frustrated. Make it short, fast and most importantly- fun! If they already know the commands it really sets them in concrete.

    I do like to try and teach new things too, but if your boy is anything like Pixel was, he'd get frustrated after a time learning something new and it wound him up occasionally, where a quick short puppy push up minute had him crawling back to his crate for a nap.

    Are you feeding him at the moment in a bowl? I'd also be tempted to take that away: feed every meal in a kong. It's not much, but it gives you the grace of half an hour to be to yourself three times a day. All these little things quickly add up to give you a bit more peace of mind.

    Have you started training for when you go back to college? If not, then start small- leave him in another room for a few seconds and build it up from there if he's not fussed. You've got to wean him off you slightly, or he'll panic and you'll have a case of separation anxiety when you do go back if no one's there. Even if it is just a case of you popping to the corner shop once a day to have a browse, or going for a quick brisk walk. Not only does this prevent any major issues when you go back, it also gives you five minutes of alone time.

    If you need any advice, or just want a moan- feel free to send me a message. I'm a bit of a crazy loon, and I'm doing it for a second time (albeit that it's a lot easier this time as for playing she turns to Pix 50% of the time) but I'd be happy to try and help you write up a schedule/anything else.
     
  11. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Oh you're a life saver, I will take you up on that offer, I freak out alot hehe, thinkin that he's not normal or that something is off :p He won't be on his own for too much when I'm back in college, my OH's mother will take him for most the days and he will also spend one day a week in doggy daycare, if he can behave, he gets very very excited around other dogs and just ends up jumping on their faces cuz he doesnt know what to do, but I do try and leave him on his own at least 15 min a day, but he does have a mild case of SA I think so I have to start working on making him ok with being on his own, he does better in his crate than in the kitchen :eek: Again thank you so much, this is some of the best advice I've gotten, I just want to do whats best for him :blush:
     
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