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I have met my match with these guys.<br>
Two mini dachshunds, brother and sister, four years old. I love them BUT..........<br><br>
We are having housebreaking issues. They will go outside, sometimes. They will go inside too. Lucy was sitting on my bed next to me and she started peeing!! Ralphie has peed on elis bed, and they will also just go and pee on the floor. They also will pee on their blankets in their basket. Now, it is getting rainy out, and they hate the rain, so they will just pee inside instead!<br><br>
Also, the food [email protected]! We did the shake can on some food. Well, that worked for that food, but, OMG, they just jump completely on the table, all the time!! I will be in the room and they do it. menaces!!!<br><br>
Also, they dart at the door.<br>
and, every time the mail man comes, the paper boy comes, or our big dogs walks past them, they go off, guns blazing!!<br>
help!!!
 

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Uhoh. They need serious training. They seem to think they get to set the rules. I would find a trainer or behaviourist PRONTO. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
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I would start with crate training first, then get a formal class in training in other areas. Crate training is amazing for the potty issues and it also seems to establish the alpha order in the house. I have a dog that was completely out of control and once I consistently used crate training, she is one of the sweetest dogs. Before crate training, if someone had told me that katie would become sweet after establishing order, I'd have laughed in their face.<br><br>
That type of behaviour gets old fast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .<br><br>
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they actually do have a crate and they go in it pretty willingly, and as of tonight, if I am not right with them, they are in their crate.<br>
We have no time or money for training classes, have to do this on our own
 

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There are several steps to establishing yourself as top dog. If you would like, I can post them here...I'll just take them straight from my training resource. I think there are like ten or so. Let me know!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Ok so there are 12 steps-not 10!! Also, this is all summarized by me so let me know if it something doesn't make sense.<br><br>
1.Make your Dog Earn His Keep<br>
Anytime you give your dog anything-food, treats, attention-youshould make him earn it. That means any kind of attention-a pat on the head even. make him sit or lay down or stay or something. He has to earn his keep! Pack leaders get whatever they want from whomever they want whenever they want. (In your case, I'd keep them on leashes to control their movement-no jumping on tables or beds) Just remember- dog without expectations placed on it has no respect for you.<br><br>
2.Control His Food<br>
You should always feed them only after you've eaten. In fact, let him watch you prepare his food, set it out of reach, and then eat your meal. Only after you have eaten should he have his food put down. AND NO FEEDING FROM THE TABLE<br><br>
3.Don't let him sleep wherever/4. make him get up when he's in the way<br>
You should not allow him on your bed or furniture, you should always make him get up when he is laying somewhere in the way (don't step over him if he's in the hallway or a doorway). Alpha dogs control all the space they live in, and should not let others lay just anywhere.<br><br>
5.Control doorway access<br>
Meaning, make him wait until you've led the way through a door or passage before he can go. Since I'm pg I make my dog wait a the top/bottom of the stairs before she can follow me so there is no risk of her accidentally causing a fall. Alpha dog should always lead the way, so if your dynamic duo bounds out the door before you do you should put a stop to it.<br><br>
6. Don't let him pull you on a leash<br>
This is the same as the last-alpha dogs lead the way so you shouldn't let them pull or walk in front of yo on the leash.<br><br>
7.Don't Let Him jump on you to say hi.<br>
He should learn to sit and wait to be petted.<br><br>
8. Don't ever ever ever let your dog take food without your permission.<br>
this is a sign of an alpha dog. If he feels comfortable enough to take food from a human without it being given you have a problem<br><br>
9.Control toys and games<br>
All toys, beds, bowls, food, water, etc belong to you. You should treat them as your and only give them out when doggie earns them (this correlates to step 1)<br><br>
10.Don't let Him Sit or Sleep above you.<br>
Dogs see things from height (for the most part) so if he likes to sit at the top of the stairs and look down, he should not be allowed to do so.<br><br>
11.Groom him regularly<br>
the groomer is dominant over the one being groomed-just think of a mommy dog or cat cleaning her babies. If he lets you groom him and pick him up and do whatever that's great. If not you should encourage this behavior by doing it everyday if possible.<br><br>
12.Obedience training.<br>
He should know how to sit and stay and come, lay down, off, wait, leave it. You can teach these at home. It takes work and dedication but all dogs are trainable.<br><br><br>
I know this sounds like a lot of stuff. Basically you need to start off as if they were both puppies and teach them how to be respectful dogs. Positive re-enforcement is a powerful tool! I would recommend you purchase a book that gives practical ideas for how to actually use those steps and make them work. The Art of Rasing a Puppy is good, so is Think Dog (this one is fairly small and explains dog behavior and pyschology very well). I got my info from a book that teaches how to acclimate dogs to babies. I would get Think Dog if I were you-it deals with changing adult dog's behaviors.<br><br>
Good Luck Mama. Say hi to your little mischief makers!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat">
 

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update from puppy boot camp!! It is going really well.<br>
They are funny, lucy is quite sure she is alpha and is HORRIFIED by my putting demands on her. If I call her to go into the crate, she turns around and pretends she is not there. When I feed ralphie first because he has already sat, she trembles with rage!! The two of them become complete trembling zombies when I make them sit and stay at the back door until I go in. Once I couldnt get them to do it, so I walked in and left them out there with the door shut for a minute! That changed their tune! The getting the food out and putting it up until we finish eating is having a profound affect.<br>
So, there has been no accidents in the house, and we are seeing some results with the new rules of no jumping on people or on furniture.
 

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Isn't it amazing? I'm so glad for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Your house will be much more calm haha. Two little rascals!
 

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Oh I'm so glad to hear that! I was feeling like a dog nazi after posting all that stuff!!<br><br>
:LOL<br><br>
Yeah, putting the food up and making a dog wait is a very powerful thing. I finally got my mom's food/toy aggresive golden retriever under control with this method. When she first adopted him, he wold come and snatch sandwiches out of my hands...that had to stop!!<br><br>
Well, I'm glad things are going well for you and the little daxis!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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