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Oh this is fun and new! This morning Peggy woke me up by howling in her crate. A long and truly mournful awooooo. I froze, hoping it was just my imagination. But then it happened again.

I waited five minutes before letting her out and she greeted me like it had been years since we saw each other last.

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Peggy: I haven't seen you in years even though I'm only 8 months?? and I missed you all this time?! ?

Maybe she thought hours were years?
 

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Sisko used to throw epic temper tantrums when we would put him in his kennel. He even made it fall over a few times.
I want to avoid this at all costs. Her x-pen and crate are our sanity savers! ? Will do some "back-to-basics" training with them, to reinforce their positive associations.....and cross our fingers.
 

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I want to avoid this at all costs. Her x-pen and crate are our sanity savers! ? Will do some "back-to-basics" training with them, to reinforce their positive associations.....and cross our fingers.
Okay, I hope it goes well! It should though! You're doing a good job with Peggy.

Thank you for your help with Sisko!?
 

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I appreciate that :) I'm kinda feeling like a failure lately.
?. I'm not gonna lie, I sometimes still just feel like a failure. It's not as bad as it used to be, but I still feel it sometimes. You might want to look at Zak George's reaction video with his new puppy at the dog park. I just was it today and it made me feel a lot better. I think I can pull it up?
 

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?. I'm not gonna lie, I sometimes feel like a failure too. It's not as bad as it used to be, but I still feel it sometimes. You might want to look at Zak George's reaction video with his new puppy at the dog park. I just was it today and it made me feel a lot better. I think I can pull it up?
Ohmigosh YES!! I just watched it the other day and it really did make me feel better. Maybe I should watch it again. ? It's so easy to feel like you're the only one struggling, even when deep down you know better.

I love Zak George's style, too. He's great at remaining calm and steady, while also being dynamic enough to keep his pup's attention. I use his "treat wiggles" a lot when I'm working with Peggy. He almost moves his hands like a magician.
 

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Oh this is fun and new! This morning Peggy woke me up by howling in her crate. A long and truly mournful awooooo. I froze, hoping it was just my imagination. But then it happened again.

I waited five minutes before letting her out and she greeted me like it had been years since we saw each other last.

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Remember when I said Misha was barking in his crate in the middle of the night? LOL. But his crate was getting small so I got him a new bigger crate and he stopped the barking after that. Maybe he can sprawl out more now and so he's happier.

Zak George is okay. I like him more after his recent puppy series. Before that I felt like he kinda made things seem too easy. But he does a good job of showing his struggles in the recent series. My favorite Youtube trainer is definitely Stonnie Dennis. Watching him work with dogs is poetry. Even if I don't agree with a lot of what he says. I still think his approach is wonderful and I think it has made me a better dog owner.
 

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Remember when I said Misha was barking in his crate in the middle of the night? LOL. But his crate was getting small so I got him a new bigger crate and he stopped the barking after that. Maybe he can sprawl out more now and so he's happier.

Zak George is okay. I like him more after his recent puppy series. Before that I felt like he kinda made things seem too easy. But he does a good job of showing his struggles in the recent series. My favorite Youtube trainer is definitely Stonnie Dennis. Watching him work with dogs is poetry. Even if I don't agree with a lot of what he says. I still think his approach is wonderful and I think it has made me a better dog owner.
I'll check him out! Thank you!

I didn't discover Zak George until after he started his puppy series, and I've found it to be a great resource, if only for the moral support. It's nice to see Inertia going through all the stages that Peggy's going through, despite having such an experienced trainer. Reminds me it's not ALL within my control.

And yes, I remember Misha's midnight barking. ?? I remember thinking "Oh noooooo" because that reliable nighttime break is SO very precious to me.

I'm glad to hear you found a solution. I'd like to get Peggy a larger crate, I think. She fits in hers just fine, and likes to curl up in the back, but it's by no means spacious. It's helpful to know that may have been a factor in Misha's restlessness.
 

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I'll check him out! Thank you!

I didn't discover Zak George until after he started his puppy series, and I've found it to be a great resource, if only for the moral support. It's nice to see Inertia going through all the stages that Peggy's going through, despite having such an experienced trainer. Reminds me it's not ALL within my control.

And yes, I remember Misha's midnight barking. ?? I remember thinking "Oh noooooo" because that reliable nighttime break is SO very precious to me.

I'm glad to hear you found a solution. I'd like to get Peggy a larger crate, I think. She fits in hers just fine, and likes to curl up in the back, but it's by no means spacious. It's helpful to know that may have been a factor in Misha's restlessness.
I'm sure she's just being a silly teenager and will get over it. It's like suddenly new thoughts occur to them and they have to try them out. Misha's going through a bit of a fear period, noticing things he's never noticed before. I have a friend who permanently has a halloween decoration skeleton sitting in a chair. Misha has seen this skeleton many many times and never thought anything of it. But he was over there last night and after he'd been there about an hour, he suddenly looks at the skeleton and started barking his head off, clearly trying to tell us it was NOT OKAY and YOU GUYS IT'S A SKELETON. But we just let him slowly figure out that it was fine. If there was a real skeleton monster, I hope it wouldn't take him an hour to notice though!
 

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Peggy I feel for you! Zeke always showed and proved how intelligent he was, but at about 8-10 months old, he started discovering something new to do, focus on, learn, teach (me), and practice everything over and over endlessly - Every. Single. Day! It was truly exhausting, and it slowed down at about 3 years old. He’ll be 7 in August and will still go through spurts of newness that can last from a week to a few weeks. But his “puppy exuberance” abated by 3 years old.
It can be exhausting, but if you can find your way past the frustration, much of it is so funny! He has kept me laughing every single day since I got him.

Stella also does something new every few days and she will be 8 in June. Keep in mind though, I’ve only had her about a year, and she is still being trained to our way of life, how to fit into our family and setting new routines. Yet she still has high energy, does everything with zeal.
Just when you think they are taking a step backwards in their training or aren’t listening to you, well, be prepared because that’s when she will amaze you with her something new. And it will be nothing you taught her. It truly can be amazing.
 

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Peggy seems like normal teenager to me, and I feel your pain. Gracie at 14 months still has these moments. She has grown up a lot in the last few months but I’d still classify her as a crazy teenager.

Anything new is cause for a burst of alert barking. We were in Marshall’s a couple days ago and there was a large stuffed llama at the end of the aisle. She burst into a symphony and at first I was puzzled, but then saw what she was barking at and took her to “meet” the llama and then all was well. Luckily the staff thought it was cute. Oy, she is a live wire that one!

She also still thinks the vacuum cleaner, mop, and broom are adversaries and chases them around when we’re cleaning. I remember Max doing this as a young dog and he just outgrew it. I’m hoping that happens, but given her personality, probably not. I may have to work at desensitizing her to this.

And she is like a rocket through the house, airborne much of the time in fact. But not in “a bull in china shop” way, she seems to understand she can’t do things like go careening off the end tables, knocking over my glass lamps. Of course, I also may post next week that the lamps were a casualty of puppyhood! So far so good though.
 

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Peggy I feel for you! Zeke always showed and proved how intelligent he was, but at about 8-10 months old, he started discovering something new to do, focus on, learn, teach (me), and practice everything over and over endlessly - Every. Single. Day! It was truly exhausting, and it slowed down at about 3 years old. He’ll be 7 in August and will still go through spurts of newness that can last from a week to a few weeks. But his “puppy exuberance” abated by 3 years old.
It can be exhausting, but if you can find your way past the frustration, much of it is so funny! He has kept me laughing every single day since I got him.

Stella also does something new every few days and she will be 8 in June. Keep in mind though, I’ve only had her about a year, and she is still being trained to our way of life, how to fit into our family and setting new routines. Yet she still has high energy, does everything with zeal.
Just when you think they are taking a step backwards in their training or aren’t listening to you, well, be prepared because that’s when she will amaze you with her something new. And it will be nothing you taught her. It truly can be amazing.
I do find it amazing how right when I'm at my wit's end, we'll have an hour (or sometimes even a day!) of the most unexpectedly dreamy poodle. It reminds me that she's not TRYING to be a pain in the butt. She's learning. It's all getting processed and filed away somewhere.

And you're right - the laughing rarely stops. Thank goodness!
 

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I'm sure she's just being a silly teenager and will get over it. It's like suddenly new thoughts occur to them and they have to try them out. Misha's going through a bit of a fear period, noticing things he's never noticed before. I have a friend who permanently has a halloween decoration skeleton sitting in a chair. Misha has seen this skeleton many many times and never thought anything of it. But he was over there last night and after he'd been there about an hour, he suddenly looks at the skeleton and started barking his head off, clearly trying to tell us it was NOT OKAY and YOU GUYS IT'S A SKELETON. But we just let him slowly figure out that it was fine. If there was a real skeleton monster, I hope it wouldn't take him an hour to notice though!
I've laughed at this over and over again since reading it last night. Such a perfect adolescent moment.

(I'm also rather intrigued by your friend's choice of decor! ?? I love Halloween.)
 

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Peggy seems like normal teenager to me, and I feel your pain. Gracie at 14 months still has these moments. She has grown up a lot in the last few months but I’d still classify her as a crazy teenager.

Anything new is cause for a burst of alert barking. We were in Marshall’s a couple days ago and there was a large stuffed llama at the end of the aisle. She burst into a symphony and at first I was puzzled, but then saw what she was barking at and took her to “meet” the llama and then all was well. Luckily the staff thought it was cute. Oy, she is a live wire that one!

She also still thinks the vacuum cleaner, mop, and broom are adversaries and chases them around when we’re cleaning. I remember Max doing this as a young dog and he just outgrew it. I’m hoping that happens, but given her personality, probably not. I may have to work at desensitizing her to this.

And she is like a rocket through the house, airborne much of the time in fact. But not in “a bull in china shop” way, she seems to understand she can’t do things like go careening off the end tables, knocking over my glass lamps. Of course, I also may post next week that the lamps were a casualty of puppyhood! So far so good though.
I'm going to try hearing it as "a symphony" next time. ? Might help a bit with the embarrassment.

With my 8 lb Gracie, I do remember the adolescent barking being quite funny. Around Christmas time it got especially silly, when she was EXTREMELY concerned with the inflatable Homer Simpson wearing a Santa hat on our neighbour's lawn.

With a standard, though, the barking is just soooo ferocious sounding. It comes on so abruptly, too. And while it will immediately stop if I let her explore the offending item or person, that's not always possible. I don't want to scare people who don't seem open to an introduction. So then I'm just the fool waggling treats in front of a screaming poodle's face before finally saying "Let's go!" and pretty much just running away.

It's been..um.....humbling. ?

I'll be praying for the safety of your lamps!
 

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Humbling is a good way to describe raising a puppy for sure! And I hear you about the difference between small and big dogs. I went in the opposite direction, from big to small, and swore the little guys would not get away with things just because they’re little.

I’ve failed at that. There is no way I would have let the big dogs careen through the living room and climb on the furniture the way these little dogs do. They would have been promptly escorted outside to carry on out there.
And those glass lamps, well if they break, it’s on me! Four dogs, grandkids (one is a toddler)..what was I thinking? But they’re really pretty, and were a great deal at Marshall’s...lol!
 

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I've laughed at this over and over again since reading it last night. Such a perfect adolescent moment.

(I'm also rather intrigued by your friend's choice of decor! ?? I love Halloween.)
Well I don't think it was really planned out, but they got the skeleton for a Halloween party and set him up in a rocking chair reading a textbook. And he's just sort of stayed there for three years now. Even though we regularly run out of chairs when they have parties. Nobody sits in that chair!
 
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