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We have a fairly new puppy. She's about 4 months old. We've had her for about 6 weeks.<br><br>
The first few weeks, we made the mistake of letting her just run around the house all day, and now she's picked up some annoying behaviors. She's peeing in the house a lot, she's stealing food off my daughter's highchair, and she'll steal the kid's toys right out of their hands and take off running with them!<br><br>
So, now we're working with her a lot more dilligently. (Stupid us for being sucked in by her cute puppy charm!) She's generally tied to my beltloop, or she's in her kennel. We take her for a long walk everyday, (most days twice depending on the weather).<br><br>
But I'm at a loss for how long she should be doing this for. Will we get to a point that she can just run free in the house? Right now she's so destructive, that unless the kids are all in bed, she really can't be left to run free.<br><br>
So, tell me what your pet's day looks like when you're in this training phase. And once you're through training....what's next?<br><br>
Thanks for the help. Clearly, I'm an amature here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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She's a pug mix. (She's very small, about 4 pounds). We got her from the shelter.
 

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Yeah, she can run free in the house for limited periods of time when she's about four, and you can put away the crate when she's eight or nine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
Dogs just aren't meant to be good when they're alone. If an older dog can be left alone and isn't destructive, it's generally because they're just old enough that they like to sleep a lot. Most dogs need to be supervised pretty much for life. You won't have to be tying her to your beltloop for her whole life, but I spend a lot of my day herding or calling dogs from place to place so they're always with me and I can shut them down if they start doing something bad.<br><br>
You need to compete with the pleasure of the bad things. She needs allowable chew toys and allowable food toys (no pig ears or rawhide--use bully sticks, the everlasting treat ball, etc. She also needs mental stimulation--is she in training? I'd do that ASAP while she can still be in a puppy class. And, third, she needs exercise and fun and socialization. I'd definitely try to get her in a puppy playgroup or even spring for one day of dog daycare a week.
 

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Yes, that phase may seem like it lasts forever - but it won't. We got our Chaos girl when she was about 6-8 months and she was a total trouble maker. She chewed legs of tables and chairs, even chewed a hole in our carpet. It does pass though, I can't quite remember when she became more trustworthy, maybe around a year or so? Around the age of two we stopped crating her while we were gone and confined her to our bedroom, and she has the run of the house now.<br><br>
While we were in the misbehaving/training phase we did a lot of commands just throughout the day. We'd have her do random sits or downs, or when I was trying to study (was in school at the time) I'd bring a handful of kibble and have her down-stay beside me, rewarding every couple of minutes. That's another thing we did - measured out her kibble in the morning and only but a third of it or so in her bowl. The rest went into a container and got handed out for doing those assorted commands and on walks.<br><br>
Chaos needs a fair amount of exercise and just walks didn't cut it for her, but your mileage may vary. We got one of those treat dispensing balls to keep her amused as well as a Kong and a couple of other treat toys.
 

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using baby gates to limit the dog accessible area is a big help for us (5 month old puppy)<br>
well, except she can jump the gates, so I'm now using large pieces of cardboard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
so she's got run of only<br>
the living room/kitchen (but i won't leave her unattended for more than a few minutes) and is blocked from the dining/bathroom/DD's bedroom on the first floor<br>
she only recently discovered she could go up the stairs to the second floor - where the kids rooms are- so those are now cardboarded off as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> - toooo much for her to get into up there
 

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Thanks for all the advice!<br><br>
Could someone do me a favor and give me an example of what your day is like when you're in this training phase? When you're leaving the puppy tied to your beltloop, do you leave her on there all day? Do you take them off and let them run around the house freely at some point? And how long do you do the "by your side" training for? UGH! I'm so confused!! I just really want to do this right!!<br><br>
I'm sorry to be so dense about this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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