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  2. I have an almost 8 yr old shi tzu. I take him out in the morning before I go to work (5:30-6:30 am) and my roomate who works from home kindly takes him out around 1ish and then I take him out again when I get home from work around 7pm. Is this ok? Because I go to bed early. He has access to water all day.
  3. PipsMom

    Best time for bed at night

    He is soooooo gorgous!!!
  4. Daily Dose of Freddie

    Best time for bed at night

    Thank you again. Believe it or not, we decided to try a crate (which is much bigger) during the day. Put blanket over it and put it next to our work/school from home. He cried for 2 mins first time and then took the longest nap so far. Few other times we put him there - not a peep. Going to take the crate into our bedroom and see what happens
  5. Summerangel

    Best time for bed at night

    Oh Freddie, you are gorgeous. I use a puppy pen for my dogs as I work 3 days a week. I did before (Covid -19) so One of my dogs has the kitchen and the other two have a puppy pen each. Long story as to why they are not all together ( I’ll save that for another day) I give them the puppy pen in the day so they have a bit more room while I’m at work should they need to go to the toilet. Now I don’t sleep with my dogs. Something hubby has never agreed to. So mine all stay downstairs in their pens or the kitchen as mentioned above. I did use puppy pads for toilet train
  6. ParadiseTzu

    Best time for bed at night

    He’s precious and just looks like a Freddie too! I had more luck with a small crate. I also had a doggie type playpen. The crate worked much better for me. And I totally agree to move the crate close enough to you that you can speak soft soothing words! Unless he’s crying because it has been long enough he has to pee pee. But then again, I trained both of mine to potty outside. So my advice might be different from those who have trained with pee pads.
  7. Daily Dose of Freddie

    Best time for bed at night

    Hi and thank you very much. I think tonight we are going to try just that. I have one more question for you. When I brought him home I got a carrier which is more than twice the size he is and that is what I left in a playpen for him to sleep in. The crate is much bigger and open. If I take him to our room, should I use the small carrier where he doesn't have much room or do the bigger crate and cover it up as you suggested. And here's the picture of our Freddie.
  8. Summerangel

    Best time for bed at night

    i echo what Marlene has said. By the way welcome to you. We all love to see photos of each other’s babies, so please do share. Can’t wait to here all what your pup gets up too and I’m sure that will be a lot. Congratulations on your pup.
  9. Marlene

    Best time for bed at night

    Put him to bed when the rest of his pack goes to bed goes to bed. Hints on a crying puppy. Of course he's crying.........where's my Mama and siblings? I have fostered a lot of puppies. I put the crate next to my side of the bed, cover it to make a dark quiet cave where movements and sounds in the room won't immediately wake them and get their attention. If/when they cry I touch the crate rhythmically and softly chant something. But keep in mind, he might need to go out and potty......he's a beebee Your turn.....we MUST have pictures or we get surly And last but
  10. Hi all, new member here with basic questions. Our family finally got our dream come true - beautiful baby boy Shih Tzu pup. Just turned 2 months yesterday. Got him 4 days ago and so far everything is going great. He's a super smart boy. As many new owners my big concern is sleep at night. Please, don't crucify me if I do something wrong as we are all learning. I have a nice setup confirmed by few people. Good playpen area with his crate/carrier that's always open. Got my daughter's t-shit (he attached to her from day one), wee wee pad and water for the night and his favorite
  11. Hello, it’s been about a month since we started NILIF. So far I have gotten Jasper to stay off the couch. I used to sit with both him and Leo for their meals. Now I hand feed Jasper both breakfast and dinner. It’s not only good for me to get closer to him letting him know, I’m the one with his food and I control it. I know how much Jasper is eating every meal. I’ve never had a problem with him and eating . I always sat with them like I said earlier. This way they don’t squabble over food. So It’s not a problem for me to feed jasper by hand. He’s almost off my bed. Last night he was on the flo
  12. Pawz4me

    NILIF and husband

    In an ideal world your husband would participate fully in NILIF. But in the real world . . . the core of what you're working on is Jasper's relationship with YOU. Dogs are very relational. Yogi acts differently for me than he does with my husband. He acts differently with each of our sons. That's normal. Keep working on his relationship with you.
  13. Jasper, Is on NILIF. He has been on for no more than 3 weeks. I still go back to the link to refresh my memory. I was slacking on ignoring him. He brings his toys to me, stares, barks and talks to get attention. I have ignored it as much as my heart will allow. I had my husband go over the rules again also. I have decided to ignore him more than I have been. Jasper comes over to me and does all his little tricks and still jumps up on the couch still sometimes. I am ignoring his behavior and trying not to make eye contact as much as possible. I am noticing more and more that,
  14. Hello Jo, I really cant do anything with him that involves petting him. once time i was sitting, he stood up, put his paws on my knee. I was petting the side of his stomach, i wasnt doing it hard. He all of a sudden turned around and started biting me and lunged at me. I have only rubbed his tummy when he was a little pup. When I have tried to touch his tummy he looks down at my hand and is ready to bite. I put a jacket on him when he has a fresh short hair cut. He will let me put it on. But I am afraid to take it off. If we are in the car, i can touch him all over and he does not
  15. I would say that if the nilif practice is working, then stick with it - for ever. And keep the leash on until you are confident that he will willingly behave without biting you. Could take months. Consistency is everything with them. Like children, establishing and keeping firm boundaries makes everyone happy, because everyone knows how it all works, and know what is acceptable. And they know what happens when they misbehave. It gives security.
  16. Hi Crinkly, great to hear from you. With my husband he sometimes is up in his face loving on him. Jaspers never done that with me. My husband gets angry when he won’t get off him. Now that he has the leash on , I tell him to use the leash. My husband did get him to go to the foot of the bed , no problem. He doesn’t really bother me . So he has bitten me in bed once. A very long time ago. I was trying to give him his meds . He was sick. On one of my posts , I also talk about how much Jasper loves my husband and has bitten my husband about 3 times. But he bites me a lot. I’m the one w
  17. How does he behave on the bed? Does he try and control the space? Does he bite you on the bed? Or is he gentle and respectful?
  18. Hi Jo, Thank you very much for your post. I am new to the forum, and I am enjoying it very much. I had never heard of NILIF until this forum. Pawz introduced me. Jasper is on a leash at all times. I am working on being consistent with him. It is a little harder then I thought, he is adorable, except for the biting. I am doing good keeping him off the couch even though it breaks my heart. Right at the foot of the couch, near my computer (not even a foot away) is his blankies all laid out for him. He is getting used to it. Although, it has not been long. When, bedtime c
  19. Hi Lisa, I've just read this thread with interest. It looks to me as if you have a few problems - which the nilif program should help with tremendously. He needs to learn that you are in charge and control everything. He only gets the things he wants if he pleases YOU. In the post I have quoted above, I will tell you what I would do in that circumstance (dog thinking it 'owns' my glass end table, and thinking that he can sit on it whenever he likes). Firstly, I would put a leash on him, so that I can control him without getting close enough to get bitten. Then I woul
  20. What else can I do to get through to jasper? I’m missing so much with him. Before I found chatter tzu , I had come to the conclusion that jasper is alway going to bite me. Since he’s always going to be in my life I, I had to get use to the way he is and live with it. i was on the computer to find out why jasper wouldn’t get up and move around after a short haircut. I found my answers. I then started looking through shih tzu forums . I came across chatter tzu. I read a story about a dog named Sadie . I felt relief that there is another dog out there like jasper. To be honest I feel noth
  21. Today Was kind of a quiet day for us. Jasper would get up on the couch , I would have to tell him to get off and he would. Sometimes he didn’t listen and I would use the leash. He did good staying on his blankets. We got to play a little. It was positive. I have to do my shoulder exercises twice a day. Jasper likes being in the middle of it. I notice whenever he thinks I’m not paying attention he gets back on the couch. I was on the computer, he jumped up on the couch. He had the leash around himself. I went to grab it at the end , I couldn’t find it. I grabbed it closer to his body and he t
  22. Jasper did do good today, so did Leo. When I come home from physical therapy , jasper is on the couch. He sees me, gets off the couch . He lays in front of the couch. I put his blankets down for him. He does jump back on , a lot but now I can grab his leash without his growling. Leo got off the car when I used the leash. No pulling.
  23. Got it. I’m at physical therapy . I had shoulder replacement . I know he’s running wild right now: but hen I do come home he is showing more discipline. I will be stern , not yell and step forward if he lunges. He does look at me in a mean way when he’s doing it. I will be brave pawz . Who knew, such a tiny dog could pack such a punch. Jasper does do good with a leash on. He does get excited when I ask him to perform a task. I just love him so.
  24. :my first text was a little off. He will put it on. He only has it on when he has a fresh haircut . Also when it’s cold at the time. When I’m tried to take it off he tried to bite All in all,. What do I do when he still lunges at me during his training? Ignore it? I’m not sure, I want to do the right thing?
  25. Yelling is counter productive. I try to never raise my voice with a dog. It's not needed and isn't helpful. Dogs are much more responsive to tone of voice than to volume. A very firm "no" or "stop it" or whatever term you prefer to use is generally much more effective. I'd also try to NOT back up. If anything step toward him, but at the very least stand your ground. Backing up is a defensive action and reinforces the notion that he's in charge. You want to do the opposite--get in his space. You control everything. And he needs to learn that. Backing up tells him he controls the space around hi
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