Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog training - dog behavior

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old March 13th, 2012, 04:36 PM
stellarose stellarose is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2
New puppy - Help!?

Hello,

I just brought home my 5 month old boodle (bichon poodle) yesterday. He is fairly unsure of the house and how it works, especially stairs. I am just wondering if me picking him up and bringing him into different rooms or outside is causing more damage than good? I have a leash on him and I've tried to guide him but hes not having it and I don't think dragging him along is good either. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old March 14th, 2012, 08:53 AM
Marty11's Avatar
Marty11 Marty11 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: East Gwillimbury, ON
Posts: 1,123
Use treats to convince him to do the stairs! They aren't too steep are they?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old March 14th, 2012, 09:01 AM
marko's Avatar
marko marko is offline
Administrator - Pet lover
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Montreal Quebec Canada
Posts: 11,013
I like Marty11's idea with the treats. Lavishing a lot of praise when the dog successfully climbs 1 or 2 stairs might well encourage the dog to climb more stairs. Good luck!
__________________
Please tactfully EDUCATE or IGNORE posters you don't agree with.
Please PM me & Include URLs and post #'s for any issues and it's my pleasure to help.
I'm firm - but fair. Mind the Rules and enjoy your stay.
Newcomers FAQ - How do I post on this BB?
Pet facebook group
Check out the Pet podcast
Follow me on Twitter
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old March 14th, 2012, 12:03 PM
hazelrunpack's Avatar
hazelrunpack hazelrunpack is offline
Moderator
Chopper Challenge Champion, Mini KickUps Champion, Bugz Champion, Snakeman Steve Champion, Shape Game Champion, Mumu Champion, Mouse Race Champion
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just east of the Hazelnut Patch, Wisconsin
Posts: 49,745
We started at the bottom of the staircase and put treats up on each level, about 3 levels to start with. Pup feels more secure going up than down, so generally starting at the bottom gives them more confidence, and starting out with just 3 stairs doesn't make it so scarily high for them when they turn around to come back down. Gradually increase the number of stairs and soon he'll be taking them like a champ!

As for going from room to room--offer a handheld treat from across the threshold and call to Puppy in your best soft persuasive voice (it often helps if you crouch down). Of course, praise lavishly and give them the treat when they venture over the threshold.

Patience is your best tool here--but puppies are pretty adaptive and I suspect once he settles in your biggest problem will be to keep track of him as he runs from room to room and up and down the stairs.

Generally, imo, it's better to let pups explore and move around on their own instead of learning to rely on you to pick them up all the time.
__________________
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."

"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old March 15th, 2012, 05:28 PM
stellarose stellarose is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2
Thanks for the advice. I was probably jumping the gun because that night he learned pretty quickly how to go up and down. Now two days later he is doing it without hesitation.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old March 16th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Canuck00 Canuck00 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 9
My Bichon did the exact same. First few days, no way. Then one day, he just went at 'er and viola........flew up and down like crazy.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old July 23rd, 2012, 08:31 AM
Niall Niall is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ottawa, CA
Posts: 10
Access to the house

It's also a good idea to restrict access to parts of the house until your dog is more mature and reliable. As an example would you allow a child that just learned to walk to have complete unsupervised access to your home? Not likely. Too much to get into and much of it is not safe for kids or dogs.

Enjoy!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old July 23rd, 2012, 06:45 PM
Barkingdog Barkingdog is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,725
Quote:
Originally Posted by stellarose View Post
Hello,

I just brought home my 5 month old boodle (bichon poodle) yesterday. He is fairly unsure of the house and how it works, especially stairs. I am just wondering if me picking him up and bringing him into different rooms or outside is causing more damage than good? I have a leash on him and I've tried to guide him but hes not having it and I don't think dragging him along is good either. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions?

Thanks
I think by you carrying your puppy around it just reenforce his fears of the stairs and the house. Does he have a favorite toy you could put on a step and try to made a game out this. I agree dragging him along is not going to teach him him anything , it could made him learn to run the other way when he see the leash .
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 8.33%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 PM.