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Old 11-24-2015, 06:45 PM
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I'm having quite a lot of problems with Cookie lately, starting with excessive barking to...weeing in my bed.

I'm not really sure what is up with her lately but Cookie's behaviour changed quite a lot. I'm not sure if it's because of Bella but something definitely has to be done.

First of all her barking has became horrible, she ALWAYS use to bark at strangers, cars, bikes, anything that moves but now she also started doing it at our flat (which is not great because of the neighbours) and anything could set her off. It's not like she's barking at something or because I'm holding Bella or anything like that. She will just bark. All the time.

Her weeing/pooing has became a problem as well now. She never use to do this but in the last week she jumped in TWICE and peed on our bed! She's done it before as a little puppy but she's been sleeping with us for the last 4 months and nothing like that has ever happened before.

She's becoming very hard to live with and even my husband is getting really annoyed now.

I'm not sure if this is all happening because she's been more than likely, mixed with a Jack Russell (and I'm sorry but this is the dog that I always 'hated' if that makes sense)

Bella is just SUCH a different puppy she acts much different than Cookie did in her age and I just don't know what to do anymore.

It really is breaking my heart, but we do work Monday - Friday (8.30am to 5pm) so we are away most of the day and I'm not sure if this has started to affect her?
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:50 PM
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Btw she does get enough exercise I take her out before I go to work and when I come back. And to be honest she actually really dislikes going for walks, whenever I get her harness out she's running away (I even got her another one because I thought the first one might be bothering her, but that didn't change anything).
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It sounds like she is insecure. Pups go through 'fear periods' when things they were ok with before really upset them, how old is Cookie now?
Bringing Bella into the household will be affecting her too, having Jack Russell in her has nothing to do with it though lol. Chihuahuas can be just as yappy as Terriers, and well raised Jack Russells do not have to be yappy, snappy monsters either.
If it is insecurity and entering the fear period, then you need to build her confidence. Doing some training will help, you need to create situations where you can praise her for being good.
All dogs are different, even within the same breed. I have littermates, who have been socialised and trained in exactly the same way but they are chalk and cheese in terms of temperament.
Work on getting her to enjoy walks, don't allow her access to your bed, and make sure you always praise her for doing the right thing. Avoid any situation that will stress her at this time, every outing and interaction needs to be a positive one.
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Cookie is 6 and a half months atm. I'm just exhausted I think. The idea behind getting a second dog was for Cookie to have a playmate, so when we're back from work we can have a minute to relax (after all the chores of course, walks, feeding, cuddles etc) but it seems really impossible now.
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Puppies are hard work, but all the effort you put in now will be worth it when you have a confident well behaved adult.
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Pablo sometimes if he's in a situation where he feels a bit insecure will pee. Or scent mark, if we go to the vet and the sitting area is filled with people and dogs even though he acts so friendly and happy I can tell he's anxious and will pee and its usually on my leg, we were doing a demo in training class one night in front of the whole class practising recall and he got major stage fright ran all the way up to me and lifted his leg. I find with Pablo praising him when he's doing even the most daft things like yawning works. If he yawns or brings me a toy or something ill be all "AWWWW GOOD YAWN" and he just loves it and it has made a difference to him. He was a barker at strangers but by praising him when he's quiet and congratulating him if he lets a stranger pet him has made a world of difference, he's now a very confident happy dog don't get me wrong as chi's they don't have the biggest bladder in the world and very RARELY he will have an accident in the house but that is entirely my fault as I am a heavy sleeper and he will cry if he needs out so I shouldnt be mad if I wake up with a little piddle somewhere. Stella is absolutely correct puppies are hard work, but its all worth it. Right now toilet training Neeva in a Scottish winter is hell but I'm persevering ha!! Good luck with Cookie I'm sure she'll be out this stage sooner rather than later!!
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I think with puppies it is so important to let them know when they are doing the right thing. So many people are quick to correct when the dog does something 'wrong' but never tell the dog how good it is when it is doing everything right.
I often tell mine 'good quiet!' when they are just chilling on their beds, because that is behaviour I want to see more of.
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Thanks so much! Your comments have made me feel much better!
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