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We have the same problem. Raisin does not make a noise. If we up he will go up to the door and sit but when we asleep he will just go in his crate, not even a whimper. I haven’t tried it but I wonder if teaching him to tap the bell when he wants out would work? Something to consider because it would wake you up. Good luck.
I hope someone has the answer for you because my dog is a digger as well. We had to put cement blocks along the fence to keep him from visiting the neighbor (luckily she does not complain). He also found seams to our sod that we put down in October and tore up big holes. It seems to help when I get him out eachday for a good walk but with the weather lately we been holed up in the house alot more.
All I can say is excercise, excercise, excercise. I bought an attachment to my bike for when the weather is better so he can run along side and not get caught in the wheels. A tired dog is a happy dog (esp w/ these breeds).
We crate both our pitbull and our shepherd when we are at work and sometimes that can be near 10 hours. Neither dog seems to have any problems and most time I arrive home and find them sleeping. We just make sure that they both get out and excercised eachday. And like you its about 3 days a week. We try to break it up since we both work shift work and are on opposite times ( I wake up when he arrives home and when I return he has just left to go back). So most those times in the crate are really when we are sleeping.
Each dog has two crates, one is called “kennel” and those are kept in the livingroom and that is where they are when we work or are out doin errands etc.. At night we say “bedroom” and they run to their crates located next to the bed. I think its cool for people who like to sleep with their dogs but it never hurts to have them used to being crated at night just incase there is an unexpected reason for them to not be in bed with you. I know my cat appreciates them not in the bed since they would spend more time tormenting her then sleeping. = )
I have never seen this. I like it, especially #9! Raisin constantly runs outside at bedtime with his bone only to come back in the house without it. I am pretty sure he has a stash somewhere out there. And yup he is like a paranoid crack head about it too. haaaaa
My guy is around a year and yes he is stubborn and loving and acts like a 2 yo child. Haa haa at 11 weeks old he still learning to go and may not even know he has to go and just happens. A good rule of thumb for each month the dog is he can hold it for the many hours. So Raisin is around 12 months they would say 12 hours does he NO. We still have accidents at times. He still can be playing get excited and then all of a sudden he is running to the door while peeing. Just keep taking him outside after he eats and showing where to go. If he starts to poop in house pick him up and run outside. 11 weeks old he sounds smart!! He will get it eventually. I wouldn’t worry. = )
Did anyone see the article on yahoo where it reads Obama called the Eagles owner to thank him for giving Vick a second chance and hiring him ?
When I adopted Raisin the shelter listed him as 3 to 4 months. I took him to the vet and they said he was closer to 7 or 8 months. He weighed 32 lbs. He was small and thin. He is now almost a year and probably close to or just over 50 lbs now His chest is a bit wider but he still maintains more of the athletic look over the shorter wider pits I have seen. I have heard that pits can be slower to mature as far as personality and or size. Not sure how true that is I found my last pit mix as an adult. This is my first “youngin” and it’s been an experience. Haahaa
I don’t see anything wrong with putting on a doggy jacket or sweater on your dog. I put shoes on Rai the other night for our walk so he would adjust to them just incase I ever need to use them. And sometimes he is a shivering when I put him out to go potty ( and we are in CA- so it’s not that bad). I figure if he sleeps under the blankets with me on the couch he must get chilly outside so if he needs a lil extra so be it. I actualy saw a black and white camo one on petsmart.com I been debating buying. Plus the more things one lets their dogs experience the more rounded their personality will be and accepting of things that are not “normal”.
Leave treats outside your door when people are coming over and when they come in the house have them offer her a yummy treat and/or a toy. That way when she see’s people at your house she associates them w/ good stuff. Raisin can be fearful of people and shy so I have them offer him treats and squat down to talk to him. No bending over him and petting his head. I say here offer him a treat, let him sniff you and then pet his chest all at eye level. It seems to work well for him.
It’s the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ours rescues and adopts out animals, does shot clinics and training. If you google Oklahoma SPCA I see there is one in Tulsa but not sure where you are at. Its a great organization.
That is to bad you don’t have an SPCA around your area. They are awesome here where I live. Most offer free spay or neuter for your pitbulls. They have obdience classes and “tricks” class. Even low cost shots and microchipping. Thats such a bummer you dont have it near you. Well I hope all the other tips you receive here are helpful and good luck to you. = )
How sad. I guess in that area no much was learned reg the Vick dogs. Makes me want to cry. Poor dogs.November 27, 2010 at 1:10 am in reply to: Is my Pit mixed? & how can I determine age of puppy? #16268
Your vet could probably estimate it for you. When I adopted Raisin they based him on 3-4 months of age because of his size but he had already had some his adult teeth come in so the vet said he was really arnd 7-8 months. I am sure someone on here has way more experience, hope someone can give you a more precise answer than mine.
P.S. your pup is adorable, love the pic in his “cone of shame”.
Raisin is fearful of many people he meets, esp men so I decided that my best option was to not force people on him. I don’t hide him eithter. I will have them toss him treats, good stuff like chicken or hotdog and ignore him. I keep him on a leash tho so I he can’t get near someone and bite them out of fear. Another option you may try is dogs love to go for walks. Leash up your dog and take your friend with you enjoy an outing. It’s great for your and you (even tho it’s winter and like many I prefer to be in the house) it’s stil an option. You want your dog to see that when a man she doesn’t like is around great things happen. Another is yer family that she is reacting to may be emiiting a sense of uneasyness around her that she is picking up on. So make it a great event when they come over.
Lastly I have said it on here before because Iswear by it, but where I live the SPCA offers low cost dog training and it works. Raisin and I go each week and the instructors have been wonderful and helped him get over some his fears.
I like to watch all the dog training shows on tv and It’s Me Or The Dog did an interesting approach to the topic of seperation anxiety. If I recall she did a code word then would leave the dog for only a min or so (maybe even only in another room) and then with time increased the time and frequency away from the dog. Might be something to look into. I had a dog previously w/ seperation anxiety who required medications for a short period before adjusting to being crated when I would leave. Have you tried the Kong w/ peanut butter or frozen gravy inside of it to keep your dog busy? Before you leave the home are you tireing your dog out so maybe will have less energy to be destructive?
Raisin doesn’t have seperation anxiety but he is destructive esp when he bored so if you find any tips on other things to keep him busy please let me know. Good luck.