Alfie 8 days on.......

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Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by grove15 » 27 Dec 2008, 08:35

Still no let up, the 3rd night was a fluke, as my husband heard him every 2 hrs it was only the bit when i got up that was quiet, he's cottoned on already that anytime after 6.30am I should be up, dont they know its the holidays?,
Anyway theory now is its definatley a door problem, we realised even with us in the room he starts when the door is shut, im wondering if it was because he, his sister & mother were shut in a small hall betwteen a kitchen & utility room & didnt see people that much as he goes into a frenzy when he sees me, if i get some sleep its easy to cope with, ill just have to go to bed alot earlier which will do me good, lol. Plus ill address that when i take him to training & socialising classes.
He's found his voice & its loud we have a globe of the world & he's decided its evil, he will bark at it & it was so funny, he's quite a little character, he is into everything as they are but unbeliveably he kept his xmas t-shirt with santa paws on, on all day including a santa hat!, I did try to upload some pics but the photobucket downloaded a virus wiped all out icons off the comp husband wasnt happy spending xmas eve trying to sort it all, so will try again,
Alfie went to vets for his 2nd injection & can go out next week on the 30th, we are hoping at a late night walk will wear him out for going to bed, plus the training can start, vets also said we will have to wait till he is 6 months for the "big op" poor goo has another 4 months of being humped & is counting down!
feels like he's been around forever, & we wouldnt have it any other way, although at one point when he was scaling the xmas tree i did say take him back i want the tiffany earrings instead, but like kids when i saw him & our other dog ripping open their presents from their stocking it was a melt your heart moment, bless.
Im glued to the posts esp the sock eating thats a worry, but our old dog used to do things like that, elastic bands & ballons were a fav, the other end product was colorful at times, she even ate an earring from a friends ear, next day it was retreived (nasty), washed & back in her ear!! rather her than me
Sharon.

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Re: Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by sawbrook » 27 Dec 2008, 09:21

Hi Sharon,

So sorry to hear that Alfie is till creating at night - have you invested in some ear plugs? I'm not joking - if you can't hear him you will at least get some sleep! Do you put him and Goo together at night?

Murray was humping from 8 weeks - it is a dominance thing - he started to hump me if he could and pushing him off made him worse - I took him by the scruff and gave him a firm shake and a stern 'no' and he stopped straigt away and (touch wood) has never done it to me again - he did start humping a soft toy badger quite a lot so we removed that. But at 5 months we don't have too long to wait til he can have the 'chop' :oops:

I hope Alfie settles down at night soon for you.

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Re: Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by Ben » 27 Dec 2008, 18:12

Heck.....whats wrong with my dog.....he's 8mths and hasn't humped a thing yet? Not that thats a bad thing....good job he's never gonna be a stud dog !!!!! :lol:

Hopefully a late evening walk will help Alfie settle down once he is properly tired.

Sounds like you are having a nightmare though. I don't envy you, I love my sleep too.

Have you worked out what makes him sleep during the day, and try this at night???
Or when he does get really really sleepy during the day put him in his crate or bed then so he gets used to it ?
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Post by Pippin » 27 Dec 2008, 18:32

At night have you tried all the tricks, such as a well wrapped up hot water bottle for him to snuggle, a ticking clock in the room, covering his crate so it's like a little den, leaving the radio on low etc? Nothing worse than not getting your sleep.

Just to offer a bit of reassurance about the humping, both of my two are girls and have both done their fair share of humping, and today at the beach Pippin was persistently humped by a neutered male, so I wouldn't be too quick to pack him off for the big boy operation purely on the basis that he is humping.

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Post by grove15 » 28 Dec 2008, 09:14

Hi,
I did chuckle at your girl humping the male dog, we arent saying too much to him about it, as its down to Goo to put him right, but he's a soppy date who just puts up with it, he isnt dominant enough.
We know why Alfie sleeps so much in the day, its because he's such a dynamo, we get mad 5 mins 10x a day then he's wacked out & crashes, def pinning hopes on the walkies, counting down to tuesday when he can go out,
Last night & this morning werent bad at all, my alarm went off at 6.45am he was quiet so i had a lay in till half 7 my OH said he only heard him whine a couple of times through the night,
when we had to collect my daughter from work for the 20 mins we were out we shut Goo in kitchen with Alfie & upon return there was quiet as we came up the path to front door whereas you could hear him from outside before, so im counting that as progress, we will try that again, as from what i keep reading the other dog being calm should & i think did have a calming effect.
Although i know dogs dont feel sorry for themselves, im loathe to put Goo in kitchen for the night as he is used to a double bed with my son, but it would probably help if i did.
So although its still ongoing i feel there is an improvement thats just him in a bed/basket with teddy & OH's t-shirt the crate was only used once for 5 mins & traumatised him, & he only has to sit looking up with these huge pantomine dame eye lashes that flick out like falsies & i melt, but i consider if i can survive a dalmatian from pup to 10 years, Alfie will be a breeze (she says with a nervous laugh).
Will be getting a stair gate asap as I think thats worth a try as its the shut door he doesnt like,
as i type he's been out kitchen for 40 mins, eaten breakfast, ran round like a loony as he was so pleased to be out, had an argument with a cardboard box & is sound alseep under my chair if only life were that simple lol.
Positive thinking today, lol.....
Sharon & the terrorhawk Alfie,

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Re: Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by MrsAdmin » 28 Dec 2008, 22:07

Hi

Just an idea - try a folded up clothes horse/airer, if you have one, across the kitchen door so he can see into the hall but stay in the kitchen. Better still get a portable stair gate to move around so you can fence him in whichever room you want.

Jack and Becky usually have the run of the kitchen, hall and utility during the day and we shut the utility door at night. Because Jack is not here at the mo and Becky has her season we want her on the lino in the kitchen only at night so she can relax without pants and pad. Amazingly enough she has made no attempt to push over the airer but is content to settle on her bed. When we shut the kitchen door she cried too.

They are such people orientated dogs they just MUST know we are within nose range at all times.

When we doggy sat my Mum's old Goldie, Hoby, when she was abroad, we had to let him come onto the landing and have our bedroom door open a crack so he could sniff we were around, or else he cried all night too. I drew the line at dog in the bedroom though :lol:

Hope it all improves - sleep is vital to deal with Doodles during the day, let alone at night :lol:
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Re: Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by grove15 » 30 Dec 2008, 09:38

Hi All,
Talk about 2 steps forwards 79 back!!!!
wasted more money on a flaming stair gate, argos (why i bother going there i dont know) first one got home & every part of it was smashed to smithereens, so a return into town for a second go, now I'd high hopes for this as theory was with a door not shut he would be better,but 10 mins after going to bed we couldnt stand the noise he screamed louder barked more in the 11 days Alfie has been here he's really grown so everything is louder! so we had to shut the kitchen door, but the entire & i mean the entire night was horrendous as bad as day one.
Today is d-day with him being allowed out for walkies so he should be tired whens he's ventured out into the big wide world shouldnt he?
I keep telling myself this nightmare means he will be a calm placid obedient dog & i wont have terrible toddler stage stropping teenage stage + who am i kidding? certainly not myself lol, training classes start on the 15th of this month too, im taking no chances.
But he is just sooooooo pleased when he's sees you its like he's in heaven just to be near so its so hard to stay mad & ive def. run out of options now we have tried everything all tricks, methods & suggestions, seems it will be something he just has to grow out.
Sharon & Alfie

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Re: Alfie 8 days on.......

Post by MrsAdmin » 30 Dec 2008, 11:56

You poor things :cry: Alfie is certainly making his presence felt isn't he :?

Don't feel you have wasted money on the stairgate. It will be invaluable when you let him have the run of downstairs and want to keep some privacy upstairs.

The only other answer I can come up with is a large gin :lol:
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Post by MrsAdmin » 30 Dec 2008, 13:23

Forgot to say Sharon, where are the photos of Alfie? We need to see the Terrorhawk in full throttle :lol:

Open a photobucket account and get posting - It's the law on here you know :lol: :lol:
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Post by Debbie&Molly » 30 Dec 2008, 17:53

Molly didn't sleep for 3 weeks! Constant crying, howling etc! I was so knackered, but eventually she settled down and now loves her bed! Good luck, and remember it wont last forever - it just feels like it at the time!
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Post by Dillondood » 30 Dec 2008, 18:20

I hope Alfie is more settled tonight after his new sense of adventure, and gives you all a little peace. Just as well they are so darn cute, isn't it!! :lol:
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Post by Bid » 30 Dec 2008, 19:06

When we got Daisy we also got a crate for her, but she screamed & screamed each night, and we finally sussed that it was because our old lab was out of reach :roll: He too is a soppy old boy & has never put Daisy or Poppy in their place, however once we got rid of the crate & put a bed for Daisy next to Barney's bed - perfect peace! She only snuggled in with him for a few minutes then went happily to her own bed. Maybe Alfie knows Goo is around somewhere, and just wants to be close :|
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Post by grove15 » 31 Dec 2008, 08:43

Thank you all, this site is wonderful for the support & encouragement you all give,
Now im not kidding myself & im saying it with fingers x, touching wood, standing on one leg & in a whisper BUT Alfie had a walk in park with Goo & was very good came home all excited & slept, then late about 11pm my husband took him round the block & half hour later we went to bed, a few moans & grumbles & the odd bark but i woke at 6.45am to silence, we are in a bungalow & i opened my bedroom door closed it & opened my sons door to let Goo out (who decided he'd have a lie in & wouldnt get up!!) & only as i got down the hall did Alfie start to get excited, infact he's remained quite calm since not in the frenzy he gets into, so esp. reading your posts about similar its good to know it does get better.
Mind you when he came in from the last night walk thank god we didnt have xmas tree lights on, as he pee'ed within milimetres of the extention socket under the tree, dread to think what his fur would have looked like on standing on end from an electric shock........
I did try xmas eve to open photo bucket for the pictures it gave us a virus & we lost all computer icons? Husband had to spend hours re-clearing, booting etc but will try again.
He is getting big & changing already.
Sharon & Alfie

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