|Barked: Sun May 27, '12 12:14pm PST |
|I need help, badly. I've got the patience of a saint when it comes to dogs. I've got no problem training dogs - even aggressive ones, socializing, etc, tiring them out. But let's be honest - DOGS have far more attention span than an eight week old puppy does(and can be exercised much more extensively) and I'm now at a loss with the first puppy that's ever been mine and S.O's. I've always rescued adults or adolescents, not puppies.
Here's the thing. S.O works each day, from 7am until 6pm, which is why our work schedules work together so that we can have a puppy - I work evenings and nights. However, I've been recently having some health problems preventing me from going to work and with the pain I'm in, haven't been able to chase around a puppy all day - I now leash her when we're outside, whereas before it was all off leash training, and I am losing energy trying to chase her around the house to keep her from chewing on things like shoes or laptop cords.
Charlie seems really put off by her too - he doesn't want to share his toys with her, he stashes some of them on his chair out of her reach and growls at her if she tries to take them(I don't want to CREATE resource guarding by taking them away from him, but I want him to learn that he has to share too - so far, have been redirecting her from harassing him to other toys for her to play with). But he doesn't care for her much because she has sharp little teeth and has a penchant for nipping his privates(my poor boy). He tells her off as necessary but when I'm chasing around the puppy to discipline her or keep her from biting things, he seems to be looking like he's feeling left out and I'm trying to keep giving him the same attention he always had, but I can just see the jealousy left, right and center.
I need ideas for tiring out Ria without putting myself through more pain, or having Charlie feel left out. 've got chew toys galore, I take her out and play tug with her or train her new commands like 'sit' and 'down' and other such things. But the worst thing of all is her nasty little chewing and biting habit. Constantly nipping at people to play.
S.O does a lot with her when he's home, from playing with her, to training her, to exercising her - but what can -I- do when it's just me around? And how can I balance things out so Charlie isn't feeling so left out? I don't want him to grow to resent her.
I admit, I'm getting slightly frustrated and while we have puppy classes we intend to take her to, she can't go to them until she's ten weeks and has her second set of shots.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|