September 26th 2013 12:33 pm
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While we are taking Amber and Lexi to PetCo training classes once a week, we are finding that both dogs are dog aggressive when on the leash. Amber is especially shaken whenever a dog gets close-by while they are on a leash. Yesterday, a very nice lady walked by our home with a black mixed breed that she had just rescued. We had just finished our walk and Amber went CRAZY so I had to pick her up. Lexi barked but when we put her down, she sniffed and made nice with the dog and we watched her closely. The dog was docile and wagging his tail and very nice. Lexi started wagging her tail also so we let her go until we saw some hair standing on her back.
Amber shook like crazy in my arms the entire time. I want to understand how and why this happens and we need to nip it in the bud while they are young. I have never had a dog like that so it's been tough and a bit embarrassing. I do see that she has lots of fears of other dogs and believe that might be the problem. I know the breed of min pins are difficult in socialization with other dogs but we are determined to overcome this issue and get them to a nicer nature with other dogs.
Other than a pooping incident by Amber in our Master Bathroom.. which was a tough one to handle, things are going pretty well. We have class tonight... and will bring up the leash aggression issue and hope they have an answer, other than signing up for more classes, for us.
September 19th 2013 9:39 am
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Well, Lexi and Amber are five months old and here is what is happening. Let's start out with the positive. Both sisters know the commands of "sit", "lay down", "back", "spin around", "come", "NO", "be nice" and pretty much where they are allowed to go in the house. They are NOT potty trained as yet and have peed in their crate and in the kitchen floor a couple times. We are perplexed about that issue and working on it everyday.
Each puppy has a very unique personality and set of strengths and weaknesses. Lexi is the smart and curious sister and gets into lots of things she shouldn't. She does dig a lot and misbehaves when she wants to do something that her Mom and Dad don't want her to. She gets bullied by her sister Amber so that might explain some of her defiance in listening to what we tell her. She is NOT a good walker yet... unlike her sister Amber. She tends to pull a LOT. It's like she thinks she will miss something if she doesn't get there first.
Amber is a dichotomy, because at home she is the dominant dog who bullies her sister by telling her when to eat and poop and sometimes, where she is allowed to go. She intimidates her quite a bit... but, when we take her out with other dogs, like the dog park, she is the most afraid. Unfortunately, last weekend she was attacked by two dogs at the dog park and I had to rescue her. It was SO scary! She screamed like a little girl and it was horrible to see and hear. I felt so bad for her but I wonder if it was done because she is so afraid of other dogs. She tends to cower next to one of us or even another adult at the park. We want to get her over this because she needs to be more social with the dogs. Lexi is really good with other dogs.. curious and cautious.. but confident.
I wish we could have access to the Dog Whisperer at our home to understand the pack mentality of these Min pins because they seem to have a unique set of obstacles and complications. My previous dogs were not as difficult to train. The peeing in the crate is the most difficult to understand. Lexi did it and it was at night but she didn't bark or cry to go out, she did that AFTER she peed. ?????
Well, the training and patience (while very low at times) continues... and we do know we are in it for the long haul so, someday, they will be very well behaved. It also seems that they are more hyper as they get older... I hope that doesn't start a trend. I think it's the stress when we scold them.. it does stress them out.
August 22nd 2013 12:14 pm
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Well, it's been almost 3 weeks with Lexi and Amber and the main issue is that they are fighting so badly every chance they get. Once the fighting started, Lexi - the more submissive girl, started misbehaving also. Lexi started pooping in the wrong places and being very hyper when it was sleepy time at night. Last night got a bit better and we break them up when it get ugly with the resident "NO!".
I swear we have said "NO" so many times in one day! But, it appears this is part of the pack mentality where one of them will be the alpha dog between the two of them. Amber is larger by just a small amount and seems to be more aggressive so she will probably win out. I just hate to see them bite each other so aggressively. And the pulling of the collar is so scary because I have heard of puppies dying from being strangled during fighting with another puppy.
Other than that, Amber is doing pretty well on the potty training. Lexi seems to poop in the wrong places when she is upset for getting in trouble. They also are trying to see how far they can push us but we have stuck our ground. My boyfriend has experience in training Doberman's so he said a Pincher is a Pincher... it's the same type of tough love training.
Oh! Almost forgot -- they were left alone a couple times and it went pretty darn good! A bit overwhelmed the first time... but the second time it was longer and they slept most of the time. We left on the TV for sound and that also helps.
August 16th 2013 11:27 am
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This blog is actually for both Lexi and Amber - two Min Pin sisters that are just over 4 months old and were rescued recently from a wonderful rescue team of ladies that pour their heart and soul into finding homes for small breed dogs.
First of all, puppies are TOUGH! We didn't sleep one wink the first night because Amber had diarrhea and pooped in her crate. We agreed we would exchange getting up every 2-3 hours for them to poop outside but we didn't make it since Amber was sick. The 2nd night was better after Amber got medicine and we put the gate around the open crate with a puppy pad. Lexi is learning potty training much better than her sister but has more anxiety issues. She really hates being away from her Mom and Dad but, at some point, we have to both go out without them. And she has her sister to keep her company but that isn't making a difference just yet. We both are home a lot as we work from home so there might be some spoiling that is not helping in the puppies training. But, we will take one day at a time.
Other challenges are the wonderful plants in pots on our deck and in the backyard that have all fallen somewhat to the wrath of the pups. I fed them tiny carrots today in the hopes that they get their veggie fix and leave the plants and grass alone. We also put the plants on higher ground and will use chicken wire to prevent the eating and digging. I am checking on them every 15 minutes or when I hear barking so it's been a bit exhausting but the love and kisses we get are well worth it! I do hope we are training them correctly.. I think so. We are stern but not mean and we have probably never said "no" more times in one day in our lives!!
Amber is the top dog but Lexi is challenging her and they both fight for Mommy's lap on a regular basis. They enjoy sleeping and cuddling with almost any female and play with all visitors. We want to bring them to puppy playtime at PetSmart soon so we can start the socialization of them. They have one more set of shots before they can be around adult dogs. After that, we will start the "walking" part of the training.
I am still trying to figure out if I will allow the natural (non-surgical) propping of their ears. My boyfriend, taped Ambers ears and I got sick to my stomach watching her get so annoyed by the bandage on her ears. But, the breed really looks great with the ears pointed up. It's a challenge for me to overcome. Anyone that can speak to that.. please help me out! Each friend has a different opinion with some of them even getting very upset when we mention the natural way of doing this with giving them calcium and pining up the ears with tape and a soft cylinder. Let's see how this goes...