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Bauer doesn't roam the house, he is only allowed to follow me around and when I'm not home he is in his crate. (I am a stay at home mom so I only go out for a couple hours here and there) He doesn't get into a lot of stuff because he is pretty much watched 24/7. He has a dog run in the back yard with a dog house, the rest is concrete stones or deck but when I let him out into the yard to run around he does dig sometimes if I go back in the house. Usually I don't catch him red-handed so there is really no point in discipline.

Around the house he is really good - every now and then my daughter will walk around him with her food and I always keep a watchful eye to see if he'll steal a bite... I've only seen him eat a cracker off the floor after my daughter walked away. (And he got a big, loud "Bauer, NO!") She even offers him food sometimes but I think he knows I'm always watching so he'll just lay his head down and pout. ha! I try not to tell him he's a bad dog because 98% of the time he is a really good dog, and my daughter copies everything I say so I would rather she didn't run around telling him he's a bad dog!

He does tend to bark a LOT outside, so the first time he gets a "Bauer, Quiet! No Barking" then after that he gets a meaner, firmer "Quiet" and if he continues he has to come in the house and sit down on the mat. I guess it's kind of like a timeout! If he barks from inside the house (which is rare) he gets his warnings then gets sent "to bed" and has to lay in his crate. The crate is in the kitchen by the back door so I'll usually just leave the door open and he'll sneak out after a few minutes which is fine as long as he is done with the barking!

...boy, after reading that I am seeing some real similarities between the way I treat him and the way I treat my child! LOL... I don't usually make her go to the crate though... :rolleyes:
 
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