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Okay it's been a while since I've had a standard puppy so I've forgotten things just like I did when I had my kids. So I have a few issues.

1. Jasper goes out to potty and does his business nicely and we go inside to eat dinner and I find pee on the kitchen floor after we've been in maybe 15 minutes. Don't understand this as he's JUST gone outdoors.

2. Jasper is a bit soft in temperament. I don't know (can't remember) if this is because he's a puppy or because this is his temperament but he's a yelper when he is afraid of something. So we were on the grooming table and I had turned his foot over to clean under the pads and he started the yelping. How do I handle this situation? I just looked him straight in the eye while holding his foot and didn't let go telling him shhhhhhh. He hushed eventually and then got interested in a brush on the table and I was able to do the rest.

I want him to respect me as I won't tolerate a dog of mine that won't but he's a baby so I also don't want to break his little spirit. At the same time I feel like I'm walking a fine line of spoiling him and then him ending up being one of those dogs that acts like he's beaten when he's not because he's got a softer personality. I need to discipline him there is no choice in the matter but I also need a dog with a bubbly outgoing personality for the show ring and to fit in with this family. He's gotten so much better about being left alone but when we first got him he'd sceam his head off if he was left alone. First I got him used to his crate. Today I was able to leave him in the kitchen with the baby gate for about an hour with no issues. Which is weird why he didn't pee then and he was left in there for a long time?
 

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My previous boy Sting was a BABY when I brought him home. He was 12 wks old when I got him and man did he play up alot of situations. Grooming him was a challenge since he didnt like it AT ALL. He would yelp and cry like I was beating him when I would shave his feet. He was a stinker!

I just kept on my rutine with grooming and let him yelp through it until he realized it wasnt going to get him out of the grooming session. While the yelping part got better every groom, he hated and fought being dryed for about 2 months. Then soon he gave up the fight and all was good for grooming. I tryed to bathe and blow dry him once a week.

As for learning his crate rutine.....that took a little bit too. He did yelp and cry loudly for the first week or so. I would just tell him NO thats enough, in a sturn voice and carry on about my bussiness. I made a point to do 2 or 3, 1 hour sessions per day to help him with adapting to the crate also. Bedtime wasnt so bad because his crate is located right next to my bed where he could see me. I recommend while he's young to have the crate in your bedroom to help with the bedtime rutine. Plus you can hear the signs of a puppy needing to do his 2am potty break if he's next to you. That is usually tossing and turning or the obvious whining.

Sting actually decided he loved his crate and would go to bed on his own by 4.5 months old.

Those are my suggestions based on whats worked for me. Sting was a cry baby at first but by 6 months he really became the clown and show off I was hoping he would be. I love a poodle that wants to clown around. lol
 

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Well, the crate is by my side of the bed and thank goodness we don't have any 2 am bathroom breaks. He wakes up early for his first morning potty break but we go right back to bed.

I was reading Kalstone's book and I think I'm going to do some of the brushing and stuff like that on the floor with him in my lap. That way he feels safe and like I'm doing something good instead of afraid and like I'm doing something bad to him.

I do hope around 6 months he's more outgoing because we will have a show then and it's my local kennel club. I will be taking him to classes when he's had all his shots and had the ok by the vet.
 

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Monroe was a bit shy as a puppy as well. He used to urinate when he was scared or shy or overly excited. I ignored it and tried to keep things as calm as possible when greeting etc. He did grow out of it.

Also in the beginning when I was brushing him and holding his leg he went into this whole crazy screaming thing, even peed a bit, but I held on, comforting him and supporting the hold so he wouldn't be hurt. He didn't do it again after that.

Being good for grooming is definitely a progression. Be kind, be fair, but don't back down. And yes, lap grooming is a good way to introduce. As is repeated handling of paws etc.

Monroe is a happy, confident and bold dog at 16 months old. I too was afraid he would be too soft. My breeder told me they go through different fear phases through their development. Don't make a big deal of the fear, be reassuring but not overly so, and definitely continue to expose him to as much as possible as often as possible. Lots of positive reinforcement for being even just a little brave ;)
 

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My Pom is 12 months and she still acts this way. She is hunkers down if she knows she did something wrong....its embarrassing, because you think, what are other people thinking? I noticed the first day we had her. It started with her food and when I would walk by her with any speed she would put her ears down. I do discipline but I cant seem to change that in her.

We love her all the time, but at some point I have to back off because you dont want to spoil them. Now with her she's the one that will bark at a neighbor or a noise in the house (she thinks shes Olie) Now Coco my other Pom laid back, relaxed and he listens, perfect dog so to speak. It has been a challenge with her but I am not giving up. Good luck
 
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