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New puppy training tips?

December 24th, 2008, 10:21 AM
Hi everyone. We just brought home our first puppy 3 days ago. His name is Dewey and he's a Cockapoo. He's been really great and already has learned to poo and pee in the backyard. He's also seemingly comfortable in his crate too.

There are a few problems though and I was wondering how I should approach them:

1. He doesn't really like any of us pet him. When we reach to pet him, he backs away. This is a bit strange considering the second problem.

2. Lots of separation anxiety. He follows us everywhere around the house. And if we leave him in a room alone where he can't get out he'll cry and bark and howl. Same thing if we leave the house with him in his crate.

I know it's only been 3 days, but I just would like to know how to approach these problems.


December 24th, 2008, 10:32 AM
Awww he is adorable!!! It will all come in time. Remeber he is missing his family, He will come around. Let him come to you. Good Luck and Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Oh my gosh, look at that face!!! What a cutie-pie. There's a good site here with tons of info on various puppy-related issues that you might find useful:

December 24th, 2008, 10:54 AM
only little peice of advice i would give is, if you reach your hand out to him, put it lower than his head, and let him come to you to sniff it. Don't put it above his head as in to pat the top of his head. It will come in time as M&M said. He is very adorable by the way.

December 24th, 2008, 06:46 PM
Thanks everyone, and yeah he is a beautiful looking pup. He was the runt of the litter and we fell in love immediately.

We're only concerned because in less than 3 weeks there won't be anyone home during work hours and I'm afraid that he'll bark all day long. I don't want him to get stressed out and hurt himself.

December 25th, 2008, 07:25 PM
what a cutie!

when your going to pet him, keep your hand low and dont reach it ouy to him. also, dont try to pat the top of his head right now this scares some dogs but when he comes to trust you more, he shouldnt have a problem with it.

as for the crate, build up the amount of time he is in there. also put a safe toy in there, try a kong filled with peanut butter, it will keep him busy and he will love it. Also try to get in a good walk before he is put in his crate, to tire him out so he will just sleep the time he is in there.

hope this helps. :)