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Pippa is home!

Post by PippaTheDoodle » 26 Jul 2015, 19:50

Hey everybody,

So Pippa is home! She is absolutely wonderful and everybody loves her.

We picked her up two weeks ago and the first night was a dream - slept all through and woke at 7.30 with little crying when we left her....however now.... Different story! She screams the place down with multiple noises (whining, growling, barking, singing) any tips?

She's now 12 weeks and last week she developed Pyoderma skin infection following an insect bite which she wouldn't leave alone. This means her second vac is now put back as she's been put onto antibiotics for two weeks... She is totally ready to get out there with walking! Preying it burns some of the energy she seems to never get rid of :)

Accidents are still happening and touch wood ( that's she has probably chewed ;) ) we've had none today so far and it's nearly over!

Tips please:
1. When does puppy nipping end
2. When does barking when left end
3. When did you first let your doods off the lead?

I know all above are general questions but Google doesn't seem to be able to tell me!

She's already doing sit, lie down, paw and roll over and puppy classes start 6th August... And we just cannot wait to show off our beautiful bundle of love!

Amanda and Pippa x


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Post by dexysback » 26 Jul 2015, 20:53

She is so cute, all dogs are different ,I let my dog off as soon as he was able to go for walks in safe area, he stayed close to me and couldn't run that fast so was easy to catch. He is five now and still stays close unless sees a cat .Enjoy they grow up so quick.

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Post by PippaTheDoodle » 26 Jul 2015, 21:19

Good to know, thank you. I feel confident that by the time we go out she will start as we mean to go on with the lead situation. She is already getting used to the lead after the initial couple of days where she thought it was just a toy tollway tug of war with!

Since my post she has been for 2 wees on the carpet.. Just typical!

She grows and looks different everyday and I'm trying to remind myself how much I will miss her being small... The puppy behaviour and mischief I'm not so sure!
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Post by linny » 27 Jul 2015, 11:31

She's lovely :)
Let her off lead as early as possible...whilst she's very young she will choose to stay close to you.
Re leaving her ......leave her for short periods and return quickly before she barks .slowly increase the time you leave her. She will start to realise that she has not been abandoned and you are coming back.
Like any small child bladder control varies and it can take up to 16 weeks for them to house train ...try not to worry too much ...it comes eventually.

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Post by Doodle Dee » 27 Jul 2015, 16:06

have you tried lead walking in the garden (and getting her to walk with you rround the garden) I did that and I only have a small garden. First thing to learn is recall anyway - which you can do in the garden or in the house.

As for being clean and dry, Lulu became that way when she stayed with a friend who wasn't worried about it - around 6 months!

Lulu didn't cry and bark when left but was a "chewer" - citronella was good for that.

Lulu's nippng turned into mouthing and she still does that but doesn't hurt, this is a work in progress and only with people she loves, only she doesn't do it to me, she knows she must'nt. What worked for me with the nipping was a shouted "OUCH" and shook my arm. I know it doesn't work for everyone though

Good luck and enjoy her
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Post by Bren » 27 Jul 2015, 19:55

I am not giving you any advise as I think what you have been given already is good. I would just like to say she is lovely so enjoy her, and welcome to the world of Labradoodles.


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Post by Ianto! » 28 Jul 2015, 17:15

Welcome little Pippa! You're a real cutie... :D

With recall, I'd advise getting her used to being off-lead and coming to you as soon as possible - we got Ianto during the 'eternal' winter of 2012/13 and I wasn't able to take him anywhere secure that I felt happy to let him off-lead until he was 5 months.... :( I now know that if you start when they are tiny pups, they want to stick close to you and it helps build their recall. (If you've seen any of my posts about him, you'll realise what a big mistake I made...)

At baby Wyre's classes, they suggest that you stand in front of them with a toy or a treat, say your recall word and move backwards away from them - they should be right up close to you. As they get bigger, you can move further from them to call them to you. (Though there are other methods, of course...)

Wyre has never nipped but Ianto was a terror for it - he was getting over-excited. Yelping didn't work, it just encouraged him - then I joined this forum and learned that he really needed Time Outs :( (popping in his play pen to calm down). It took a long time for his nipping to stop, but it has, which is good as I'd worn my Hi-top Reeboks out! :roll: (I did consider wearing wellies indoors at one point... :shock: ) But for a while, those razor-sharp gnashers took their toll on jeans, t-shirts, arms, hands and legs... I learned very soon to wear old clothes (and, strangely, I soon had quite a few of them! :wink: )

As it sounds like Pippa may be a little like our Ianto, I'd advise not over-exercising her - I thought he needed long walks to calm him down, but really, I'd've been better spending my time training him to wear out his brain rather than his legs...

If she's feeling a bit under the weather with the bite and the anti-biotics, that may have upset her house-training, but as long as you don't tell her off for wee-ing indoors and take her out on her lead into the garden regularly, you'll get there. You need eyes in the back of your head sometimes (Iant was a devil for just nipping off and leaving a lake or a pooh-trap on my new hall carpet... :roll: ) - but one day you'll suddenly realise there hasn't been an accident indoors for ages. (Just don't brag about it to your friends, because I did that with Wyre recently and not ten minutes later, found the doggy-version of Ladybower in the front room.... :oops: ) I guess you already know not to use bleach-type products as it encourages them to wee there again - try biological washing liquid or a specialist cleaner...

Good Luck! It's all part and parcel of having a puppy - nothing really worth having is ever easy!! :D
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x

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