... have any suggestions on how to keep a puppy out of the garden? I'm having problems teaching our puppy to STAY OUT! Never had this problem with our other dogs.
Dogs learn by repetition. Leash training might be the best. Take him on a leash near the gardens and make him stop and say no each time he starts to go in the garden. He will soon learn the no command on and off the leach and eventually just now go there even when you aren't around. As unruly as Trouble is he knows when the vegetable garden is first planted he can't go in but once the plants get bigger he wanders around in it with me all the time. The only one I have never been able to curb him from running through is the bank in front of the deck but that is all shrubs so not much he can hurt.
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Bette is right. Dogs learn by repetition.....even bad habits. So the more often he has entered the garden, the more he will think he can. There is a couple products on the market that discourage animals from certain areas. 'Scat' is the name of one, granular and spray. If you use it to discourage the puppy from entering the garden area, eventually he will just know that is not an area that he wants to go. Ask at the garden centre, there may be other brands as well.
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A leash as Bette said as well as some little treats and "good boys" when he does well...that has become a habit with my dog every time I tell him he is a good boy he heads for the cabinet that holds the treats
I agree with everyone else. Just keep saying NO every time he goes there. A little swat on the backsidse if he persists won't hurt him. My Chelsea is like Bette's dog. She knows it's OK if there is nothing there but once the plants come up she stays away. Funny how they figure that out isn't it? She won't even walk in other peoples' gardens.
Thanks for the tips. Honestly, we have never had a puppy like this 1. She tears something up daily. She gets more attention than any of our other dogs had as pups (due to work schedules). I told George we should have named her after Bet's dog... it would have been more fitting, lol. All in all, she is a good dog. She just has to learn what is ok to chew & what isn't. I do have a hard time getting too mad at her, she is just so cute.
........ most of the time!
She is so CUTE! How can you not love that face? I suspect if you have to leave her alone in the house you might want to put her in a crate. And give her a favorite chew toy for company. I broke one dog from running in the garden by walking her every day on a leash all around the garden and flower beds. When she would go toward the bed I would jerk the leash and say no. It took a couple of weeks of doing that every day before she finally learned where was ok and where it would get her into trouble.
Sharon, beautiful dog. I know sometimes it is difficult to scold when then are so cute but it is necessary. Chewing can be a major problem if not broke very young. If you give her old socks or shoes or any personal items that is a false indication to her that it is OK to chew such things. Even if you find something they have chewed hours later if you take them to that object and scold them and show your dismay they will get the idea. Also at this age it is important to keep temptation out of their way as much as possible.
Unfortunately Trouble is lacking in social skills as he sees very few people so it is hard to train that. He is just so eager to see someone that he goes wild.
But Bette he was a perfect gentleman when we were all there last year. He got over the excitement of new people quickly and became a good dog.
Molly he is laying here watching eat cheese and crackers and hoping for a morsel. I just told him you that he was a good dog and he cocked his head as if to say you know I am. No way he is still trouble.
Sharon, she is so cute. The picture looks like she is holding up one ear saying 'I hear yall talking about me" lol
wilderness_NY_Z4:he is still trouble.
Oh Sharon, that ear cocked and those brown dots above the eyes, I just wanted to grab him and roll in the grass hugging and loving it. LOL Ah, that Trouble was no trouble at all when we were there!
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