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toy poodle not adapting to live-in boyfriend

September 26th, 2003, 11:58 AM
I have a two year old toy poodle who was well behaved and has gone through two obedience schools, but since my boyfriend moved in a month ago, she's reverted to peeing on the floor, barking more often and actually bit someone for the first time. (a gas station attendant who put his hand into our car to pet her). I'm not sure how to help her adapt and much of this behaviour seems new. She's very smart, learns quickly and is usually a very pleasant dog. But lately she's seemed more stubborn than usual. Does anyone have any tips on how I can help her to adapt to this new situation? We've bought a gentle leader and we've been told that we need to re-assert our dominance. Any concrete tips on how to do that?

Lucky Rescue
September 26th, 2003, 01:06 PM
If you are absolutely sure your b/f is not doing anything to scare or abuse your dog, you might want to try the "Nothing In Life Is Free" program with her.

Details on this site, just scroll down and you will see "NILF".
Nothing In Life Is Free ( )

September 26th, 2003, 01:18 PM
I just took a quick look at it and it looks like the kind of program that I would be interested in. I am sure my boyfriend doesn't abuse her, but I am also sure that he doesn't know how to effectively discipline her. I think maybe she's confused. He puts her in her crate for about 10min as a correction. We've discussed that this is too long and she's already forgotten why she's in there after a few seconds. We can give this one a try.

How about the biting? Should I worry about this becoming a pattern?