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Behaviour & Training / Re: Advice please struggling to cope with guarding
« Last post by hoover on Today at 11:24:24 AM »
Sorry to hear that you are having to deal with quite severe difficulties with guarding.  Is there any way to contain Chester better so that he doesn't get the opportunity to guard rooms so much - perhaps by using a baby gate on the door to the kitchen or other room to limit where he lies down? You maybe don't think it's ideal to limit his movements but he is probably very stressed (as are you all) when he is in guarding mode so it might help reduce his stress when he is more limited in where he has access to. Then there is also crate training - perhaps he can use the crate as a safe space to relax and sleep although you might have to be careful getting him out if his guarding is that bad.  If he is so worked up by the guarding the chances are he is not fully resting when he is lying down in other areas of the house - he is probably always on alert.  This may mean he is very tired and as I think pretty much every other poster on this forum who has dealt with this issue has found, the guarding gets much worse when the dog is tired. Time in his crate may help this.

When Ollie blocked doorways it was usually because he had chosen to lie there and had taken some favoured item with him - and his growling was because we needed to get close to him to enter the room rather than because he was guarding the room itself - is that a possibility? (although I think you recall saying he rushes back to guard the room after being lured away so maybe it is the entire room he is guarding.)

Treats can be a mixed bag when a dog is already guarding - especially if you throw them to him - it can work, or it can end up stressing the dog out more as he thinks 'Now I have all these things to guard too!' - which is what started happening with Ollie.

When we couldn't get Ollie away by luring with treats (yes, he got wise to it too) we went through the motions of preparing to go for a walk - coat, keys, lead, announcement of going for a walk, opening front door and he would sometimes come to the front door for that (then of course you would need to follow through by taking him outside at least briefly.) Then you can get someone else to remove object while you are out or at least get him on the lead and tied to the door handle if you need to pick something up. 

Best of luck with it - what is your trainer suggesting for training exercises, out of interest?
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by David Morgan on Today at 09:53:33 AM »
My wife has always been adamant that dogs sleep downstairs. So, when young Mason woke us and the other two dogs up, I would let them all go outside and then take them in the living room where we would all curl up on the sofa. It could have been setting up some bad habits, but I got most of a night's sleep and I didn't disturb my wife too much and, as I said, they stopped waking before me after a while anyway.
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by bmthmark on Today at 09:44:21 AM »
I know exactly how you feel as I went through the exact same thing with Jett (from 9 weeks until 7 months old).
It was really frustrating as I kept hearing that people with dogs/puppies were all saying their dogs sleep from 9pm until 9am without any problems  :huh:  . Everything seemed perfect with everyone elses but mine was a right pain and I kept thinking what am I doing wrong?? In the end I stopped listening to these people as it was no help at all.

The steps I took were as follows, Jett was in crate downstairs and my room is upstairs. Not sure which ones helped the most but I will list them anyway:

Radio off - I started to keep the radio on as well, however I found that the noise disturbed him more and he did not settle. So I turned this off completely.

Clock - I put a clock that ticked next to his crate. The noise is meant to settle young ones.

Blankets - I put lots  of balnkets in his crate so he can snuggle up.

Water - No water/food in the crate. His last feed would always be before 8pm

Shout out - When he howled or barked and I knew that he had already been to the toilet I would shout out something in a calm voice (I know its hard to stay calm). I think most of the time Jett was worried that I left him. So I felt that he just wanted to know I was there.

Size of crate - I think deep down this was my issue. I originally purchased a medium crate, by 6 months Jett was fairly big. The room was just not enough. I upgraded to an xl crate, which gave him room for a bed and an area to stretch out.

Newspaper - My advice is don't put newspapers down as that will encourage him to go inside. Don't use puppy pads in the crate either. My experience with Jett is that he hated going toilet in his crate and this would cause him to howl/bark and cry. In the end I never put anything in the crate that would encourage him.

Cover for crate - I make sure the crate in nice and dark and warm.

Toilet - I let him out for toilet at 9:45pm, bed at 10pm.

Jett is now 14 months old and seems very happy in his crate  :D. I think he was around 7/8 months old when he stopped the noises (barking etc). He is always in be by 10pm and he will always wake at start moving at 6.45am  :005: (on the dot). I would love for him to sleep until 8am but I don't think it will ever happen, i'm just happy I have my sleep back.

So keep at it, he is still young and you have got this far. As he is still so young his bladder will be small, so you probably will need to take him out in the night (don't make it fun for him). But this won't last long, I have a feeling he will soon adjust.

Good luck
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by TirelessTitch on Today at 09:35:13 AM »
Titch did exactly this - we thought he had settled nicely to being in crate all night, then around 5.5 months he started howling at about 2 a.m. Of course I got up and let him out a few times, but soon realised that as it was dark I couldn't always see if he was doing anything or not. So started putting his lead on and walking him round the garden, not talking, no attention at all. Then straight back into his bed, no attention.

Realised that at most he was having a tiny wee, so decided to take him out about half hour later before (my) bedtime and then let him howl if he woke in the night. It was hard, and must be very difficult if you have close neighbours. However, I'm pretty sure it only took a few nights for him to settle again through til early (7-ish) morning again.

Titch is 20 months now and has had the freedom of the house at night for about 9 months. He still chooses to sleep in his crate most nights, only occasionally choosing his daybed in front of the living room fire.

I've never let a dog sleep in my bedroom, and seeing the livestock (mainly slugs) and twigs he can bring in on his undercarriage after even a couple of minutes in the garden I'm not inclined to change that any time soon  ;)
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by David Morgan on Today at 08:04:03 AM »
Mason was much the same at six months and I was lacking sleep as a result, but then it stopped and for the last month or two he has slept through. It might be the dark mornings that helped though; we'll find out as the days get longer.
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by bizzylizzy on Today at 07:56:31 AM »
If he needs to do the toilet in the night why not organise a pen and put down some newspapers for him to go on? He maybe likes a bit more freedom to move around if he wakes.

Giving him a little more freedom might help but Id be reluctant to rely on the newspapers for  him to go on  at this stage in the game. If hes barking and really does need to go out and then you ignored him, I tend to think that would be a step backwards???
While Humphrey would  sleep through for 12 hours now, he didnt at 6 months, it DOES get better I promise and the time goes sooooo quickly, hang on in there and in a couple of weeks or so, all these sleepless nights will be forgotten. Your pup is quite normal!  ;)
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by poptart on Today at 06:38:40 AM »
If he needs to do the toilet in the night why not organise a pen and put down some newspapers for him to go on? He maybe likes a bit more freedom to move around if he wakes.
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by Mudmagnets on Today at 12:38:25 AM »
All three of mine  sleep in their crates in my bedroom and have done so since each was 8 weeks old, I felt they needed the company and would settle quicker if the could smell/feel my presence, and I needed my sleep to cope with daily activities. If they needed the loo as pups in the middle of the night, I would make the bathroom with newspaper down their loo as I didn't want to wake them up too much and they all went back to sleep after they were more comfortable. I go to bed pretty late so their last wee/poo outside was about 12am (still is)

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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by Joules on Yesterday at 11:06:52 PM »


First of all, take no notice of what other people say - all pups are different and people often exaggerate how well behaved/trained their dog actually is  >:(



In the spirit of full disclosure, Ill say Henry really does sleep for 12 hours every night in his crate but in many other regards hes a complete pain in the proverbial. Sometimes you just have to accentuate the positive, as the song goes.  ;)

 :lol2:   That comment wasn't directed at you  ;)

I just meant that each dog is different and some will be quicker than others to get the whole sleeping through the night /toilet training thing. Coco took flipping ages to be fully house trained - I really thought I must be doing it all wrong, especially when people kept telling me that their dog was house trained in 2 weeks etc etc  :-\

Just stick with it, try not to stress too much, try a few changes and find what works for you and your pup. It may not seem like it at the moment but it will be fine in the end.

Good luck  :D
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Puppies / Re: Night waking 6 months old - crate trained.
« Last post by Londongirl on Yesterday at 10:14:32 PM »


First of all, take no notice of what other people say - all pups are different and people often exaggerate how well behaved/trained their dog actually is  >:(



In the spirit of full disclosure, Ill say Henry really does sleep for 12 hours every night in his crate but in many other regards hes a complete pain in the proverbial. Sometimes you just have to accentuate the positive, as the song goes.  ;)
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