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Old 11-21-2012, 04:25 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Ok, I hear you! Years ago, I had 3 toddlers close to age because I had 3 kids under 18 months. I also had a farm which included horses, dogs, cats, etc. I was not wise and got a malamute puppy . . . this was after we had a lab puppy. The malamute showed aggressive tendencies towards my children so I had to hire a trainer to come to my home a few times a week because I was simply overwhelmed.

Anyways, prior to the malamute puppy we had a lab puppy. My husband travels all the time. What I honestly had to do was hire a babysitter to care for my kids while I took care of my animals. We had no money so I would hire young middle school girls learning to babysit and pay them cheaply. I was there the whole time and they would play with my kids while I took the dog for walks, etc. We did have a fenced in yard which helped a ton. However, that did not help with house training the dogs. My kids learned to nap through the barking and so will yours. I also hired an older sitter to watch my kids while I took my dogs to obedience. This was a HUGE break for me.

Trust me, I know exactly how you feel! My babies loved my dogs and would wrestle and play with them on the floor. If you have floor time with the puppy and baby, both with learn their limits together
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I have nearly 9 yr old shih Tzu X Aust Silky and he is exceptionally highly trained. Miss Mini Poodle entered scene in february this year, and from day one commenced with this horrendous yoddling and baying like I had never heard before phone call to breeder who told me yes poodles do that if they can't get their own way. So out of the dog playpen she came lucky I have wood floors as we had many puddles despite the specific toilet area indoors and many outdoor trips. At 12 weeks I had her toileting in one area outside and at anytime she even uttered a sound that was not acceptable (like playing with older dog little growls were ok), I would hiss at her and say a firm NO, now at 11 months I have the quietest poodle you would care to meet I have constant comments from people at shows and around neighbours who say to me how did you achieve this.
My answer consistency, lots of positive praise and treats every single time she did anything right from coming immediately she was called to bringing ball back to leaving older dogs food bowl, to answering door bell/microwave/phone txt sound/ she just runs to me and sits to let me know I need to give her attention and not a sound.
Poodles are incredibly smart and learn very fast - they can also learn how to push their humans buttons which sounds exactly what yours is doing. so turn it around and give her less opportunity to do so, in the morning straight out to toilet and straight back in and give her chewy stick or meat bone to keep occupied, while you deal with your bub. when you have to do the house work upstairs, give her some more distration down stairs like a frozen block of water with some meaty treats or chicken necks wings frozen inside she will lick and chew and stay foccussed on this giving you time for your things.

Yes and as been suggested off to walkies with baby and dog, again lots of correct heel work and sits and downs and keep her brain on task with rewards. They love chasing things so Frisbee and balls if you don't have fence or enclosed area wher eyou can do this activity this could be a bit hard but I often sit on floor and just roll a ball down my hallway while she charges after it over and over. she also has a large assortment of dog toys which I recycle in a box so she doesn't get bored playing with same ones, she has a tendency to harrass the older dog as well so this is when I put up the pen and he is in it for protection with a favoured treat and she gets to just watch from outside, she quickly learnt that if she leaves him alone she will also get a special chewy treat.

It is unfortuneate that you don't have a fenced area and she has to be on the long line, as they really like to be part of the action so being out there with all the passing traffic is just frustrating her no end.

Hope with all the suggestions you can find a solution
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Oh and one other thing if all else fails try a cintronella no bark collar or one of those small battery operated zap collars, but I really don't think you will need to do this if you just bring her in and destress her and chill out together like others have suggested.
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Oh and one other thing if all else fails try a cintronella no bark collar or one of those small battery operated zap collars, but I really don't think you will need to do this if you just bring her in and destress her and chill out together like others have suggested.
Please do not do this.

You might end up with an even worse situation. Training tools like this should not be used as a first resort. Many people argue they should never be used as they can actually cause aggression. Poodles are very sensitive and intelligent dogs. I think harsh methods will only backfire on a poodle.

Exercise
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Give your puppy these things in abundance. At least two long walks a day, more is better. Free running, play with people and other dogs, fetch, tug, etc., is even better than ONLY walks.

I can't imagine having a puppy and a human baby. Really, I cannot. You will want the puppy to just "be good" while you tend to your baby, but the problem is she has not yet been taught how to behave and has not become old enough to behave. Puppies are so much work. They need so much attention, supervision, guidance. Not to mention they just want to BE with you, the want to play and interact.

Like others said, things are only going to get worse as your puppy approaches adolescence. I am not saying that to scare you, but to prepare you. For me, 8 months to 14 months was the hardest part of my pup's growing up. He needed even MORE exercise (like one to two hours a day) and tested his boundaries with me, just like human adolescents. I had to put in a lot of time, energy, training, exercise and patience, but it paid off with a very well-behaved adult dog (eventually).
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I am glad you never had any issues with the above-described situation, but this is VERY DANGEROUS. I'm sorry, but babies and toddlers should NEVER be allowed to wrestle with dogs on the floor, particularly if you have a large dog. This is just setting up a VERY bad situation.
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I want to reemphasize a couple of things in the last two posts, just because I think they are super important. Poodles are very sensitive to harsh corrections. I can't speak to citronella anti bark collars, but I would never use a shock collar on a poodle. Dogs and small children also always have to be carefully watched and shouldn't be allowed to wrestle. I have even had to give my niece careful direction around my dogs as recently as the last year and she is twelve, but sort of a tom boy and she really loves to play with them. When she is on the floor rolling around with them it just gets too high energy too fast.
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I am glad you never had any issues with the above-described situation, but this is VERY DANGEROUS. I'm sorry, but babies and toddlers should NEVER be allowed to wrestle with dogs on the floor, particularly if you have a large dog. This is just setting up a VERY bad situation.
Well they didn't wrestle per say. My daughter would take her blanking and fall asleep on our lab. This was a long time ago and no, I probably wasn't too smart years ago about large dogs which is why I had a trainer come to my home 3x a week for a year to help with my malamute. They never played with her other than throw a ball to her. They did play with our German Shepherd mix but were probably in elementary school when we got her.
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Hi,
Exercise, exercise, get out and walk. play games in the house. challenge your puppy. Find a positive reward trainer and take classes. A tired puppy will be quiet and will be a joy to live with. Always reward for good behavior, you will be surprised how quick your poodle will learn.
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