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 Post subject: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:16 pm 
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We lost our Rylee in January and our house was so empty we decided we needed another baby. Here is our newest addition (actually we got her early March). Here is Ruby. She is certainly a handful and we have forgotten what having a puppy is like....and so different from Rylee, but we wouldn't trade her for the world.

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:41 pm 
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:hp :hp Oh my goodness, she is adorable. Puppies are lots of work but so much fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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What a beautiful face! :hp

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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I am sorry to hear of Rylee's passing. I must have missed the post. Ruby is absolutely adorable!

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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Gorgeous and adorable. Congratulations.

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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Awwww! What a sweet face. I love her coloring!


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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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Adorable! :hp Simply adorable!

Congratulations on your new puppy!

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 Post subject: Re: Introducing Ruby
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Oh you guys are really making me want to start looking for another cocker. I am not sure how Diva would react or my hubby for that matter :tg
Ruby is lovely. Enjoy her, they are like children and seem to grow up so quickly!

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby
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Well Ruby is 8 months old now and driving us crazy LOL. My husband calls her the littlest terrorist. Lately, when we try to eat dinner, she just sits there and barks and barks at us. We have been removing her until we are finished as her bark is loud and shrill. Funnily enough, when she is removed she does not bark at all. The other thing she does is basically only to me (the hand that feeds her). She will run up and bite my feet/toes and run away or just back away and start this barking and barking...catching her, well that's another story as she is soooo fast.

The other night I just put her on a leash and made her stay next to me. That worked, for that night, but now she just chews on the leash, though she doesn't bite. I put her outside on the sundeck last nite when I caught her and she just goes and lies down until I let her back in. When she is out there, all the bad behaviour stops. I have tried everything I can think of but it seems to be just a certain time of the night that she goes at me. I don't let her get away with it, but the hardest part is catching her. Sometimes she will be playing in another room and stops, runs in where I am sitting and races by and bites my feet then keeps on running. Any thoughts or ideas??? Anyone every experience this behaviour and do they grow out of it?? Is it just bad teenage behaviour?? Any experiences or ideas are welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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As crazy as this may sound, I think she is inviting you to play with her!

Can you initiate a play session _before_ she starts this behavior? That way her need to play with you gets met on your terms, rather than when she is being naughty and demanding.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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I believe you are right and I giggle as I write this. She is bored so we take her for walks but she is never tired enough to not do this nightly routine with me......I don't ignore her when she starts this, and do play, but it doesn't seem to be enough. :dk The only relief I get is to go to bed, behind closed doors LOL...She seems to want all the attention all the time. The barking during dinner is getting to be like have a newborn that always seems to start when you are ready to sit down and eat dinner.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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I have just two words: Little. Stinker. LOL. I think she is probably going through a phase where she's testing you. If it bothers you, now is the time to correct it or divert her attention. You are absolutely on the right track with removing her from the scene at dinner time and nipping that in the bud, but if this is her way of initiating play, well, it's pretty cute now as long as it doesn't escalate.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Little Stinker is right LOL She was a bit better tonite. Not sure if she if getting it and realizes the behaviour gets her removed or if it was just a better nite. She started to bark, but I was able to divert her attention away and she was a bit better. I started spraying bitter apple on my feet and she isn't really fond of it. That too is a bit better, not great yet, but hopefully perseverance will pay off. Boy you forget what puppies are like after 8 years. Our Rylee was such a good dog and we never went through this that I can remember.....Ruby will also be a good dog, eventually I know, it's just getting through these times where you really want to strangle her LOL.....but you just have to keep calm and hopefully it will pass. She's too smart for her own good I think....you can almost see the wheels turning at times...

Thanks for you help...

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Cathy, Sounds like your Ruby is full of it!! Enjoy all those puppy antics for they sure grow up fast.
The only thing I would like to add is a caution on the chase game that she has invented. If she runs and you chase, it can become the start of a lifelong game for her that will be frustrating for you and potentially deadly for her. She will always win because they can run faster than us. If she runs, do not chase her, she wins and it was so rewarding to her!! I would turn my back on her and leave to another area until she calms down. And yes, she is playing!!
I would begin now teaching her a reliable recall. Start with her on a leash. Say her name, treat when she looks at you! Do this several times. Let her distract from you, say her name, come, treat when she comes. Sometimes you can call her and run when she starts to you and then give her the treat. This changes up the game where she was chased, and puts you in control where she chases you! Say her name and come command ONCE, if she doesn't respond, collar pop and bring her to you. I'm almost betting if you use a good treat, she will not be able to get to you fast enough! Lots of fun praise! If she prefers toys over treats, a reward can be toy and play. Keep it fun, fast, interesting. You can toss a treat/toy, let her get it, call her, reward her for a fast return. After she is good on the 6 ft. leash, you can put her on a long line (20') and practice recalls from greater distances. The leashes and long lines give you control so that you can correct her if she chooses to ignore you. Do this at home and then at other locations such as parks,etc. A reliable recall doesn't happen overnight, but it is kinda fun to train and so important. Good luck!! Teri


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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Maybe a good walk or game of fetch before dinner would burn up some of that extra energy. Sounds like she has a lot of that! :lol2

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Well it's like a switch was flicked....it has all stopped and she's now a lovely little puppy....so strange it was just that quick. Wonder what she's gonna do next LOL.....Thanks everyone for your help.

Cathy


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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Did you have her spayed? (sorry, don't remember) Maybe it is/was hormonal. :dk

Gosh, she is beautiful!

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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Yes she was spayed in late May. Yes we loved that little face and that is what sold us. Our last cocker was a buff, and Ruby is entirely different, in every way :goof


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 Post subject: Re: Ruby - Curbing Bad Behaviour
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Sounds like you made it over the hump. :joy Sometimes it just clicks like that. Don't be surprised if she backtracks a few times .. like kids, seems like when they are learning one skill the others suffer a bit. But it all comes together eventually if you are consistent.

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MX Q's - 4
MJX Q's - 4

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