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Dog Questions!

Specifically JRT-mix questions, I guess. 

Suddenly and out of the blue Syd has started some interesting new behaviors.  Can anyone tell me why he has started to:

1.) drag my *clean* panties around the house seriously.  he waits until I am folding laundry and get up to pee/get a drink/answer the door, and steals a pair of not-yet-folded but clean panties and drags them into his crate to chew on them.  He will not touch dirty ones, or folded clean ones, just the ones that are clean but not yet folded.

2.) take off for YONKS he has walked nicely on the leash to his tie-out in the back yard** and nicely back to the house again.  He has never been a puller.  of late he has been yanking, pulling and jerking at the leash, and yesterday he totally got away from me and took off.  This nearly caused BOTH of us to be hit by a freight train.

**yes, he has shade, water, toys, a 30-foot radius, and is never out there for more than an hour at a time, and much less if it is hot/raining/cold.  we don't have a fenced in yard, and the fence permit hasn't come through yet...

How old is he? Is he neutered?

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Not quite a year, and not yet.  Our vet says with these dogs wait till they are a year old so that neutering doesn't stunt their muscle development.

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Well there's the answer to the taking off. He's probably smelling a bitch in heat. And no, I'm not talking about some skanky woman.  ;D

As to the undies...well if they were dirty ones I'd say again, sexual development and they smell like you...but if they're clean-but-unfolded, I'd say he wants you to chase him!

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LMAO.  that's likely, as he is a sneaky little sh*t!

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Some times i think about some topic and then i am laugh on me because that topics are very stupid and out of the understand... so that time this type of question are dog questions...

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I have a 8 month old White Labrador and my mother says something is wrong with him because he does not "hike" his leg to urinate. I think he is still too young. At about what age will he quit squatting and start "hiking" his leg?

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my dog didn't start doing it for a while. like a year after we got him and he was already a few months (maybe a year?) old when we got him. some dogs just don't like to do it.

as to irreverent's question- pulling is most likely what yabbit said.

but the panties thing stumped me

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I have a 8 month old White Labrador and my mother says something is wrong with him because he does not "hike" his leg to urinate. I think he is still too young. At about what age will he quit squatting and start "hiking" his leg?

my dog still doesn't do it... i adopted my first dog (a girl) and he copies her... he squats as well... i don't think there is anything wrong with this except he pisses on his leg quite often LOL... i just think dogs look to the "leader" dog to figure out how to do things... unfortunately, he's watching a girl LOL

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My male dogs squat sometimes. There's nothing wrong with it.

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I have a 8 month old White Labrador and my mother says something is wrong with him because he does not "hike" his leg to urinate. I think he is still too young. At about what age will he quit squatting and start "hiking" his leg?

I was told this is actually a learned thing.  That if they don't have another dog to 'teach' them, they won't do it.  I have a boy dog that sort of leans forward to do his business.  I say as long as they can go (and not in the house), no worries!

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1.) drag my *clean* panties around the house seriously.  he waits until I am folding laundry and get up to pee/get a drink/answer the door, and steals a pair of not-yet-folded but clean panties and drags them into his crate to chew on them.  He will not touch dirty ones, or folded clean ones, just the ones that are clean but not yet folded.

this *might* be because he likes the smell of his humans.  My dogs will sleep on a sweatshirt of ours or even on our shoes.  When I looked into it, what I found is that they like our scent...it's like a comfort thing for them.  So maybe that's what it is? 

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re: peeing postures, there are several normal urination postures for male & female dogs. The leg lift is one, as well as squatting and leaning forward as someone else also mentioned. It's not really pathologic for a dog to favor one, though some expect their male dog to be "masculine" and do the leg-lift. Some female dogs lift their leg as well.

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how do you train your dog to urinate in the comfort room? I have this mini pinch at home and I really wanted him to be trained to urinate in the proper area. But I just do not know how. I started training him for almost 1 week now but still he urinates on random places.

Anyone could suggest tips regarding this one? Since I am tired of washing and cleaning the places he urinates inside the house.

Thanks to all who will contribute.

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i give my dogs a little spank and put them outside when they do something wrong and raise my voice... they eventually figure it out

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i tried to spank him with a news paper but it was just a slow hit just to warm him. But I don't wanna hurt him or turn him into something rebellious since I noticed when I am holding a newspaper or magazine he tries to bark at me. Knowing that the news paper I am holding will be used to spank him.

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how do you train your dog to urinate in the comfort room? I have this mini pinch at home and I really wanted him to be trained to urinate in the proper area. But I just do not know how. I started training him for almost 1 week now but still he urinates on random places.

Anyone could suggest tips regarding this one? Since I am tired of washing and cleaning the places he urinates inside the house.

Thanks to all who will contribute.

Crate training is the best way to go, imo-- check out 'How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days' from the library, or buy it on amazon for 8 bucks: http://www.amazon.com/How-Housebreak-Your-Days-Revised/dp/0553382896/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296694691&sr=1-1

Basically the strategy hinges on 2 key principles: dogs are creatures of habit; and what goes in on schedule comes out on schedule. So: have a crate or puppy-playpen for UNSUPERVISED time-- crate training does NOT imply leaving your dog in the crate all the time! that's why many folks don't try it (to their own/ their dog's detriment, imo)... you feed you dog on a regular schedule, and provide a week of dedicated housetraining effort: dog is taken outside for walks or to the dog park very frequently, where he/ she will naturally pee outside (that's a given). You attach a command to the action-- 'Go pee,' 'Do your business,' whatever-- and use it every time your dog goes. At home, your dog can be out 'loose' only when he/she has 'gone' in the appropriate place (outside) within the past half hour; only very small pups pee more often than that. When they haven't just gone, and you can't take them every half hour to try, they hang out in the crate/ playpen until you can. Then they can be loose for a while again, but only when you're closely supervising and can rush them out to a designated 'go' spot-- the same one each time-- and give the 'pee' cue... The key is to give your dog ONLY opportunities for appropriate behavior; and of course, praise like crazy when they do it right. If they mess up, and you see them (and of course you WILL, b/c they only have the opportunity to mess up under close supervision!), say 'NO' in a firm/ displeased voice, and immediately take them to the 'go' spot and give the command (in an encouraging/ friendly voice)... Good behavior becomes a habit very quickly, if you're consistent.

It is a lot of trouble; and many people have aversions to the idea of a pup crate... but it isn't punitive, and your dog isn't left in there for long stretches of time-- most dogs come to appreciate the comfort of their 'room' and will even 'put themselves up' in their crate when stressed or tired (that's how one of our dogs got his name: kept putting himself 'in jail' to get time away from the cranky cat/ bossy other-dog... so he's named for Mayberry's town drunk: Otis! haha)... Compared to the constant stress (to you AND to your dog, who is undoubtedly aware of/ upset about each time you're upset with him/ her over peeing issues) of constant/ long-term struggles over housebreaking, believe me, one week of intense effort is incredibly worth it. I have never had a dog I could not housetrain in less than 2 weeks-- even older/ stubborn/ long-unhousetrained ones-- using this approach... hope that helps! Good luck! :-)

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i tried to spank him with a news paper but it was just a slow hit just to warm him. But I don't wanna hurt him or turn him into something rebellious since I noticed when I am holding a newspaper or magazine he tries to bark at me. Knowing that the news paper I am holding will be used to spank him.

i don't use a newspaper to hit them or ya they would freak the hell out LOL... i just say "no" really loud, pick him/her up, take him/her to the spot they made a mess in and put their face close to it, say "no" again and give him/her a light spank and then outside for a time out for about 15 minutes... 

my girl dog learned really quick my boy dog is not the sharpest tool in the shed but rarely goes inside now, it took him awhile though, it progressively got less and less over maybe a year so don't give up!

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I think a rolled up newspaper would be larger than your two, aml.

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I think a rolled up newspaper would be larger than your two, aml.

exactly LOL... why i wouldn't anything large, it scares the hell outta them... just a little spank and time out and they get the picture

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