What's a commonly held belief in this sub that you disagree with?

  1. I don’t disagree with a ton but one thing that sticks out is it seems like a lot of owners on here are WFH or have other situations that aren’t the typical 9-5 or so on. I felt like I was always second guessing my training decisions after reading a few reddit posts on what you “should do”.

  2. I’ve been a dog walker for over a decade and honestly the dogs in WFH households tend to be the ones with big separation anxieties. Not always, of course, and there are certainly dogs whose humans go into offices that have separation anxiety but IN GENERAL, they seem to be better adjusted.

  3. YES. My husband and I work 9-5 (about 3 days WFH and 2 days in the office a week). We got our dog when she was about 4 months old and it only took her a couple months to figure out that during the day, it’s nap/relax time and the evenings are for playing. She naps or plays by herself while we work and when we’re gone, she’s happy to pass out in her crate since she usually sleeps during that time anyways. We spend a lot of time with her in the evenings and on the weekends so she still gets plenty of exercise. Your dog will conform to YOUR schedule if you just stick to it

  4. Yes! I’m a teacher (which is a fine schedule for a dog) people act like if you can’t go home every 2 hours it’s animal abuse here !

  5. I WFH and I always try to contextualize when I give advice as to what you are able to do. The best you can do for them is the best, it's not always easy to be in a perfect scenario for puppy training (and even then stuff can go wrong, so).

  6. Yes to this! There was a post asking how many hours a day dog owners should spend with their dogs and the answers were overwhelmingly from people who work from home. Thus, the answer was some ridiculous number completely unattainable for most dog owners. And if a person can’t be with their dog 24/7, the answer always prescribed is go to dog daycare, which is also not attainable for most dog owners.

  7. I work from home as well and my mistake when leaving my apartment was that I would close my dog in my bedroom which triggered her separation anxiety so much. I tought I would never leave the house again. One day I decided to leave the bedroom and kitchen \dining room open so she could roam freely and since then she hasn't destroyed anything.

  8. Not one specific belief, as mush as putting way too much significance on small interactions and worrying too much. People worried about their 4 month pup having a horrible recall or worried their pup will never like other dogs now because they had one bad interaction with a big dog. It's ok, no puppy is perfect or has a perfect puppyhood as they grown. They'll be ok.

  9. My dog is 2.5 years old now and I mostly just hang out in this sub to offer advice where I can. These posts always make me laugh because it seems so ridiculous when people are like “my 12 week old puppy is insane will he be a bad dog forever??” Or “my 14 week old puppy has terrible recall!!!!” But I remember feeling very similarly when my dog was a puppy, scared every little thing was going to be a forever problem. Now that he’s an adult those worries seem silly, hopefully I can maintain this less stressed perspective with my next puppy.

  10. I thought my chihuahua was always going to have terrible recall when I inherited her from my in-laws. Turns out my in-laws simply hadn’t trained her with recall. She’s great with recall now. She was 15 months old when I got her. She turned 2 in June. It’s honestly amazing what just a few months of consistently working with a dog can do.

  11. I think this ties into my comment about how much people in here hate dog parks. They'll describe one semi-negative experience that has clearly traumatized their dog for life and I'm just thinking "that dog already forgot and is trying to chase a leaf in the breeze right now." I get anxious too, I get it, but dogs are resilient.

  12. Maybe I'm lazy but I'm not really thinking about recall with our 4 month old. Have much bigger fish to fry so I don't know when I'd have time to train that. Even if we did focus on that, I wouldn't expect it to work until way past adolscence.

  13. Yes I am always scared one problematic encounter I didn’t handle perfectly will literally ruin my dog forever.

  14. My 5 month old puppy was recently bit by a big shepherd mix while on our evening walk. The aggressive dog’s paw got stuck in my puppy’s harness. They were stuck for nearly a minute before I could untangle them. My puppy was crying a heartbreaking cry and peed and pooped herself in fear. She needed emergency surgery to sew her gums back to her teeth and to close up puncture wounds that went straight through her cheek.

  15. Sometimes I feel like this sub believes that you simply cannot have a dog while working normal 9-5 hours, despite millions doing exactly that.

  16. And that you need to have a regular schedule. Yes, people and puppies alike tend to do better with some kind of regular schedule, but it's definitely possible to do shift work with a puppy!

  17. People harping on the critical socialization period don't have a realistic outlook on puppy socialization. Yes critical socialization period is important, but you haven't ruined your dog if they aren't fully socialized by the time that window closes, you just have to work a little harder.

  18. Yes I think it can freak owners out, including myself tbh. Once she turned 17 weeks I was like well that’s it! She’s not fully socialised! Damn it! But then I realised no she’s still young and malleable and always will be to a degree it just will be a bit more work to desensitise and introduce her to new things.

  19. Yes this totally fucked with my anxiety! I was like, oh my god he hasn’t seen someone in a wheelchair or someone who limps, etc., game over. It’s really stressful. But my trainer reminded me that it is somewhat about generalization.

  20. I got my first dog as an adult just before the pandemic and his ‘critical socialization period’ ended during the first month of lockdowns, when everything was completely shut down. I was super worried about his development and there was only so much we could do when the government literally said don’t leave your house unless absolutely necessary. And now 2 years later he’s really good around people (still working on strangers coming in the house) and has some reactivity issues with other dogs. I’ve worked and I continue to work hard every day on his issues and that’s just the best we can do.

  21. On the topic of playing….. My dogs first play date was yesterday and it was FABULOUS! The dog was a larger dog, husky Pyrenees mix, but super chill and mildly submissive. My dog is smaller (young) but pretty independent. Their personalities melded so well. I couldn’t be happier really. Liek, had my dog decided to be aggressive, the other would’ve submitted immediately, but it never got to that and they played wonderfully!

  22. There's not something I can think off the top of my head, but I will say this sub skews very Suburban USA and it can be kind of funny to watch people react to a situation that is not applicable to that one specific environment.

  23. Yesss. I'm from a different country entirely, and the amount of advice I've seen that just assumed every dog lives in a house with at least a small garden is...staggering..

  24. Is agree with fixed schedules as something that's over-preached, especially if you as a puppy parent is not very scheduled by nature. My day to day is reasonably dynamic even as an office worker, and attempting to train to a rigid schedule was only ever going to set us up for failure. FWIW my puppy has dinner any time between 6PM and 9PM lol. It's been working out great for us.

  25. Ha, it's funny you say this because today is the first time my 7.5 month old puppy has ever accepted kibble for training! Huge breakthrough, we were able to train twice as long. I hope he keeps it up, he'd usually ignore it and just wander away until I brought out the tiny little training treats.

  26. I don’t move mine, either. He is in his expen sleeping on his own right now. If I took him to his crate he would wake up, so why would I do that? lol.

  27. I agree on the treats. I trained my dog with no treats at all. Just love and affection after he completed a command. Lots of neck scratches and the like. He really only gets treats for brushing and nail trimming when it comes behavior wise. But he gets tummy health and joint treats once daily. I got this dog when I was 18 and fresh out of high school and he was 8 weeks. So I genuinely had no idea on how to properly train a dog. I kind of wung it. He's now 11 and the best boy I've ever had.

  28. I was following a strict schedule for the first week. Every minute was scheduled and I followed the 1 up 2 down religiously and I noticed it was making me anxious and just not sustainable. So now instead of enforced naps in the crate I just do quiet time or independent play and he still sleeps through the night in his crate but takes naps in his play pen. I was worried because he’s so hyper I didn’t think he would calm down enough to nap but I was wrong.

  29. IDK if this is necessarily this sub ONLY but there isn’t enough focus on creating engagement and teaching proper luring when it comes to training recommendations. I had to completely redo my training foundations because I thought it was just a matter of teaching tricks, and that attention span was just an independent factor based on the dog’s personality.

  30. You can’t just make claims like that in here. I’m sure everyone would like to see you back that up with some source material and references.

  31. I really agreed with your first part but man that closing statement is straight up disinformation. My dog is the best.

  32. I agree with the potty training. We are lucky enough to have a dog door and an older dog, and with the instant yard access and an adult dog to model, our 4 month old figured it out in about 2 weeks.

  33. My older two dogs were crate trained out of necessity-one would pee everywhere if left to roam, the other would destroy something (small, like a stuffy or a shoe). I worked full time and just couldn’t come home to that every day. For my own sanity, they needed containment. I tried crating my golden pup after reading this and other dog subs and realized it wouldn’t be a necessity for him or us so I just stopped. He potty trained in a few weeks, we do contain him to our room when we leave the house. But I do not regret not crate training him. It’s been fine for us.

  34. I think there’s too much emphasis on some version of ‘crate training is the most important element of puppy training’.

  35. Absolutely, we did use a pop up pen to keep her safe when unsupervised for about a month after we brought her home, that’s as close to a crate as we got. She had no issues when she had to stay at the vet. She sits in the car with her harness attached via a seatbelt, she sleeps at the foot of our bed. Yes she has occasionally gotten into mischief but nothing serious, she’s part of the family. Toilet training was a breeze, we just kept an eye on her and took her out when she looked like she wanted to go…she soon learned to sit by the door, and then to tap on the door.

  36. Our puppy loves jumping on top of rocks and benches and all sorts of things and we would have to drag him down all the time to avoid it.

  37. I generally just think that advice is just a guideline and is generally usually just something that worked for that person. Puppy's are individuals and just because something worked or didn't work for you, it doesn't mean the advice is bad or good. It just means it worked for that individual puppy and situation.

  38. Honestly, a lot of the advice given here is excellent -- just specific to the right dog at the right time. What didn't work for my pup at three months (using tug for 'drop it' training) worked beautifully at six months. And what my pup rejected at two months (tethering of any kind) is now his preferred method of confinement.

  39. I think the overall perception of what a dog “should” be is definitely skewed to a very particular set of rules. At the end of the day, the dog is going to acclimate to your lifestyle, which is going to look differently for everyone. As long as your dog is healthy & loved, you’re good.

  40. I feel like the view of this sub is that you're not ever supposed to say "no" or use any firm verbal corrections with your puppy and I think that's just not achievable for most people. Humans have their own language and culture and we can't adjust all of behavior to suit dog behavior. I can't help saying "no" or sometimes raise my voice and in the real world I've never encountered anybody who doesn't say no to their dog.

  41. Can somebody explain this "no" thing? I am just hearing about it. I tell my puppy no all the time when he is doing something wrong (I do NOT yell at him or speak angrily).

  42. Yeah, even though “no” is not effective because it is not a command, it is just really really hard not to say things that come organically to you and your brain. I say “no” when he does something bad and then I usually say a command once I’ve realized it means nothing to him (the tone does, though, I think). I have the same issue with “hey.” I say “hey” in a negative tone when I wan’t him to stop something (like nibbling clothing) and “hey” in a positive tone when I want his attention. My trainer said this is probably confusing him and to stop, but I honestly am trying so hard to train myself out of it and still do it. It’s just what my brain wants to do.

  43. I actively avoided it when mine was a little puppy because it did nothing to help any situation, as it was just too vague of a concept. I got low-key mocked for being one of those people who "never says no to my dog," blah blah blah. Well, everyone around me who would say no to the puppy never seemed to realize that it didn't stop her?? Meanwhile me redirecting her to the proper behaviour with positive reinforcement actually did?? E.g. jumping up on people. No amount of "no" and pulling her off people helped. Scattering treats on the ground did.

  44. I didn’t say no to my puppy growing up but she picked it up anyway, after a few months I’d say it out of frustration or shock if I caught her doing something and she would immediately stop. So now I do say it to her rarely if she’s doing something she shouldn’t be and she immediately stops

  45. I think saying “no” or a firm “ah ah” is entirely fine and effective as long as it is followed up with some kind of direction and reward. Whether that is just a different command or something you would prefer the dog to do instead. I think the issue with saying “no” mostly stems from how pointless it is to repeatedly say no to your dog, expecting them to understand you, and then getting frustrated when they inevitably do not understand what “no” means.

  46. I try to avoid "no" for the sake of the humans in ear shot. Maybe it's just a bad experience but I remember a roommate who had two german shepards and the background noise all day ever day was... "No, no no no. Parker! No. NO. Parker! No. NO. June, NO. Junnie. June. No. No. No."

  47. To be very clear, another word for "firm verbal correction" is "threat". And no, you shouldn't threaten your dog. Yes we're all fallible and yes raising your voice when you're frustrated and want to be in charge is a natural human behavior, but that doesn't mean you should just give yourself a pass. Don't beat yourself up about it, but try to do better.

  48. For me it is: Crate training is super essential. I disagree. Prolonged crating is even illegal where I am from.

  49. I'm with the other responders regarding the big push over crate training. I think it's been pushed as the only "safe"way for your dog to be in the house unsupervised. I agree it's a safe place to put a puppy as necessary, but a lot of people talk like it's the only option, even after a dog has learned manners/been trained. The talk is always how dogs are den animals and they like it, and that may be true in general but not always, and they fancy it up with words like "thoughtful confinement"

  50. Ultimately I think as long as people aren’t engaging in abusive, adverse, or neglectful behavior then I don’t really want to make judgement on their lives. Even though I disagree with things doesn’t mean I think people are bad owners.

  51. I tried that “ow” thing for the nipping. I saw it on some video here and thought it was a good idea. I was wrong. It didn’t work at all. All it got from my guy was a mimicking howl that sounded like he was saying “ow”. My mom thought it was hilarious. I didn’t find it as funny. :)

  52. Yelping with one of my puppies definitely worked, she got the message after a few weeks. But I’ve had another pup where it didn’t do anything, only getting her attention and redirecting her did and I would walk away depending on what the situation was.

  53. We had taped one to the floor and the first thing our puppy does when he sees it is to tear it up. We quickly gave up on it.

  54. We had a lot more success using the fake grass patch on top of a reusable pee pad until he was old enough to go out. We’re on a fourth floor apartment. When he was done with his shots, he instantly understood that grass texture = I can go here, and he went from a ~40% success rate on the fake grass to a 100% success rate outside. I don’t care if he feels comfortable peeing on absorbent cotton or whatever, he’ll never be asked to do so again!

  55. I didn't use a crate to potty train and we were potty trained within a week. Crates aren't even legal in my country.

  56. I see it recommended here a lot but don't think PPP works for every puppy. I also think there is no one best food because of different sensitivities a dog might have.

  57. I agree with this. There's literally no food that works for 100% of dogs. I have a toy breed and a lot of them have very poor gut reactions to corn, which is an ingredient in ppp, and my pup was showing the beginnings of allergies so we went with something else. Hell, some pups just don't find certain foods palatable, and getting them fed is super important.

  58. People when they do the naptimes for puppy at certain schedule seems really weird. I have a five month old puppy and if I’m out all day with him he’s out all day and he’s A-ok ( sometimes he will fall asleep in a store). I find that when he wants to fall asleep he falls asleep when I leave the house I do put him in the crate but besides that he sleeps when he’s tired. I think a lot of people in the sub make seeming a puppy so much harder than it is. I’ve had mine since eight weeks maybe it’s just my puppy he’s been so easy to train and I don’t have any of those puppy blues. Honestly I think I’m gonna be sad when he’s older because he’s not gonna be a tiny puppy anymore!

  59. I also take my 5 month old out on long and interesting day trips. Surprise surprise, he’s totally fine. 😂

  60. I tend to not disagree with peoples advice since every dog is different and what may work for one may not for another. (As long as it’s not abusive of course) but I hate how ppl on this sub forget that many are first time puppy and even first time dog owners in general. There is so much info out there that people may be roped into using ineffective techniques. So when someone gets on here asking for help and they admit they’re doing something another person may not like, they’re IMMEDIATELY called abusive, neglected and just full on insulted. If you don’t agree with what a person is doing, explain it to them without making them feel like shit…this sub is supposed to be a place so ppl are able to come and explain their mistakes and get the correct help, not shamed. Especially since so many of us have made mistakes with our puppies

  61. I was genuinely prepared for the worst with our (at the time) 10 wk old mini aussie, I expected to need to wake up at 1, 2, 3AM and take her out; but I was genuinely surprised when we went to sleep at 10PM and were woken up at 5 or 6:30.

  62. I’m totally with you! My never-crated chihuahua puppy just naps on my lap or on the couch for the solid majority of the day. I never had to ‘enforce’ anything.

  63. I think they go hand-in-hand. I'm one who like to research the hell out of everything. But having had several dogs, I also know that experience is incomparable.

  64. 💯 on the potty training. We got Obi at 7.5 weeks and he was fully potty trained with no accidents at all by 3.5 months. We only had 8-10 accidents prior to being potty trained, and we didn’t crate train. Just took him out very frequently and started by praising and giving treats every time we went out to the grass. Every time, hell even now at six months old, I still praise with key words and say “Yes! Good potty, good job, good potty”.

  65. What I generally find weird is this desire to avoid accidents at all costs. I guess it's different if you live in a country where carpets exist but where I live only offices have carpets sometimes.

  66. One thing that grinds my gears is the misconception that comes with puppy socialization. A lot of newer owners think socialization is just introducing their puppy to other dogs and having them play together- which isn’t really the case.

  67. I was told it was abusive and cruel to own a border collie unless I literally owned sheep or cattle, so I would say you can own a working dog without them performing what they were bred to do.

  68. people like that make me SO irrationally angry. there are people who guard working breeds as if only gold-medal athletes or farmers should own them and it’s almost laughable how pretentious it sounds.

  69. I’m not a fan of locking posts or comments regarding something slightly different than the accepted thoughts for this sub but there are other subs I’d encourage you to join. You don’t have to agree I just think hearing different perspectives can be beneficial to the reader and poster… but that’s just me.

  70. The only time I agree with locking post is when the language form commenters skews to more abusive and insults than anything actually helpful A lot of redditors on here forget how ppl can make mistakes with their puppies and that it doesn’t make them evil so I enjoy knowing the mods know the line between helpful and just down right mean

  71. I didn’t realize use a crate for potty training more for enforced naps because she didn’t relax on her own. Having her in an enclosed space with not much to do and no interruptions got her to settle down and sleep. Without it she just kept ripping and running even if we did a crap ton of stuff. The only time she ever got tired on her own was when I first brought her home. Without a crate she roams a lot and doesn’t get much sleep even now when I don’t use it much. Since she’s still a baby(7 months) and prone to getting hyper on no sleep, crate is a must in our routine. Even with a playpen she didn’t sleep as long or as deep as she does in the crate.

  72. I disagree on the fact that everyone insists on crate training. I have a Shih Tzu that hates being in crate or a play pen (they are in the garage now). He sleeps on his own bed. Always stays in the house unless I let him out. I still don’t understand why it’s so important to crate train.

  73. I didn’t have a crate for the first few months of puppy ownership. 7 week puppy was fully housetrained in just over a month without a crate. But it was 2-4x of going out per hour + 2-3 trips in the middle of the night.

  74. I'll second the potty training is hard without a crate disagreement. My current pup is the first of my dogs to even have a little crate training, and she's only ever in it when no one is home, because it keeps her out of trouble. Almost complete free range of the house otherwise, and she has accidents sometimes still, but is doing great overall!

  75. I work from 6:30pm - 5:00am & let this sub and various other sources tell it, I shouldn't have my Rottie puppy. But him & I ate getting along pretty fine in my small 1 bedroom apartment. 😂

  76. I think this subreddit is super fucking weird about dog parks. Maybe all of you live next to dog parks from hell, idk, but I am endlessly grateful for all the parks near me. We've had wonderful experiences, and when we have the occasional negative experience we shake it off, the way we shake off negative experiences on the sidewalk instead of avoiding sidewalks forever. Based on the comments in here you'd think they were all basically bear pits.

  77. Lol agreed. My positive only trainer had the same view on dog parks but I feel like mine is a blessing to have so close by.

  78. Same. We travel farther to the nicer dog park where everyone knows each others dog by name and avoid the close one with problematic owners. Just gotta keep an eye out but the dog park has been critical for maintaining my sanity.

  79. I love dog parks! I think it’s important to be an active participant and watch all the dogs in addition to yours to ensure they’re playing well.

  80. Crate training saved me $150 in sedation feeds when I had to keep my pup at the vet, I love having our crate.

  81. Related to yelping: redirecting biting to toys. Play biting is a social activity, not a biting activity. They're biting you because you're their playmate and that's how they play, they're not just looking for something to bite and you're the most convenient target. I just don't understand how sticking a toy in their mouth is supposed to help.

  82. Definitely agree with the yelping, never seen it work and our puppy got more excited. Only really now her teeth are falling out as she really grasped what hurts and what doesn't.

  83. To be fair, this sub always has someone in thread mentioning that yelping doesn't work. It's just that it's one of those universal myths that goes on forever.

  84. My breeders would agree. They gave me a whole zip drive of advice on health and safety. The benefits of crate training, etc. But one of the only things they made sure to tell me when I picked my puppy up was "don't use bitter spray. It just makes for spicy baseboards" lol. It's never worked for them in 30 years, so I didn't even bother to try.

  85. definitely agree with your point on owner body language. i’m autistic and have ADHD as well, and in my experience so far, my awkward body language and anxiousness doesn’t transfer into our pup or cause reactivity.

  86. My cattle dog was chewing on cabinets, we applied bitter spray. She rubbed her head on the cabinets and then rubbed that same head on our lips.

  87. Agree with everything you’ve said! The “firm no” and yelping when biting absolutely did nothing for my pup lol.

  88. Agreed. Our dog park has been a god send for socializing and learning the temperaments of other dogs that are larger or smaller. We also approach with caution but it’s been nice to have a regular group of dogs that my puppy learns from. It’s a solid 40 minutes of running and swimming and then he naps for 3 hours it’s great.

  89. The one thing I see a lot on this sub is that taking my dog to the dog park is the worst thing I could ever do for her.

  90. I feel like I could have written this comment. Maybe I just lucked out, idk, but I do not relate to a single complaint that people in here make about dog parks. Our dogs sound very similar!

  91. Definitely disagree with the common view that puppies can’t touch the ground outdoors until fully vaxxed and need to be socialized in strollers or shopping carts or held in arms or whatever. They have decent immunity from their early rounds of vaccinations, just don’t be dumb and take them to parvo central and it’s fine.

  92. When i got my pup at 8 weeks i asked my vet if it was ok to walk him and he said its fine... maybe just not go in a dog park until he is done with the vaccinations. So yeah we started walking around when he was 8 weeks.

  93. I especially agree with making a big deal out of accidents. I had a relatively challenging scenario for potty training (apartment with no outdoors space - puppy couldn't go out until she was 3.5 months old - transitioning from pads to outdoors later) so I had some accidents but eventually taking puppy out regularly and praising the hell out pottying outside seems to be cutting down on the accidents very fast. At first I got stressed when I removed the pads because she had accidents and from this board I had the impression that if she kept having accidents she wouldn't learn, but it wasn't really the case, routine and reinforcing outside pottying was enough!

  94. In my country, crates are illegal and puppies have accidents all the time, it's considered part of the puppy experience. Still, I don't hear about how Swedish dogs fail at potty training.

  95. Yeah they’re wonderful. I must admit that I’m a bit sick of this explaining to strangers what breed he is though :)

  96. I agree with your crate training opinion. That said, we do crate our puppy. But it's only at night and when we leave the house. And it isn't even because of him going potty, it's so he doesn't chew on or destroy things if he gets lonely or anxious.

  97. I agree with you OP! We have a crate but we didn’t use it at all for potty training and we didn’t have any issue with potty training. knock on wood

  98. My dog has never been crated and he is 10000000% potty trained. He hits my sliding blinds with his paws or taps the couch with his paw when he has to go. If i'm asleep he will jump on me n paw my face to wake me up(not often).

  99. I spoil the hell out of my Shih Tzu puppy and the dogs I grew up with were all spoiled as hell Pekingese. and every single one grew up to be a fine and well adjusted dog with no crate training, dry food as a supplement only, home cooked meals, table scraps as treats within reason, dozens and dozens of toys, lots of their whims catered to, again within reason. etc. These breeds were created, raised, bred and spoiled by Buddhist monks and an army of servants in the palaces at the Forbidden City in Beijing and I am certainly not going to break with thousands of years of tradition!

  100. It’s not that I disagree with this but it’s very frustrating to see most comments stating that crate training is a miracle solver (and sometimes it is) when crates are not really a thing in Europe and even more so completely or partially banned in some countries.

  101. I think generally the advice in this sub can be a bit “one-size-fits-all” which isn’t always helpful when you’re a first time puppy owner. Each dog is unique and raising one is about as personal as raising a kid. Sure there are things that you should absolutely not do and things you absolutely should but there’s a lot more variation in everything else than this sub would have you believe. For me personally, I know this sub is against puppy pads but I used them and had no issues transitioning away from them. In fact, my dog basically weaned herself off them because she much prefers going outside. The other thing - schedules and getting up in the middle of the night to take your puppy to pee. My mental illness said hell no 😂 The hour by hour schedule some of y’alll have! Whew! Could not be me. Also I would have absolutely lost it if I kept waking up in the middle of the night to take her to pee. I needed my sleep to handle the stress of having a puppy for the first time. She did fine with puppy pads in a pen until I was certain she was old enough to hold it overnight. Then I started crating her. I was so nervous the first night, but she took to it immediately and sleeps later than me lol!

  102. There is al out of advice given on recommended long lasting chews that contradicts the wiki for this sub. People advising this or that chew or bone or hoof or wood etc while the wiki here has a very short list of what is considered safe. Now I know all chews have a risk, but some that are quite risky are advised here often.

  103. I was told by many that showering my pup with attention for the first few weeks/months is a good thing. I forgot to mention to those people that I'm home 24/7, and never out of sight of the pup. So me being home all the time and then suddenly not giving him as much attention (literally just working on pc) turned him into a super anxious Lil thing even months and months later. The only thing that has helped is giving him time by himself and now he's able to self soothe and amuse himself.

  104. Crate training is the only training I've witnessed people be proud to admit they're giving up on. I just imagine words crate training replaced with something like potty training or loose leash walking. There's plenty of training where failure just isn't an option and you can't just give up.

  105. I think the difference is that there are many people with dogs that aren’t crate trained but still have success in keeping their property safe. I don’t believe the same thing applies to skipping potty training - if you don’t do it you will have to clean poop and pee all the time. I don’t think it’s a fair comparison.

  106. I get the impression that there are lots of problems with dogs attacking humans and other dogs in the US and maybe that’s why?

  107. I’ll probably get downvoted into oblivion but telling my dog no when I caught her peeing in the house helped potty training immensely. She knows what no means and knows that we don’t like her doing that. She didn’t start trying to hide it or die of shame. I don’t yell or shove her face in it or anything crazy but it’s ok to tell your dog no to something.

  108. Some dogs actually do hide it though. Some even bite in response. It's one of the reasons we actively discourage people responding to going inside beyond taking them out immediately.

  109. Putting puppies in a crate for sleep. I feel that all mammal babies should have close physical contact while sleeping.

  110. I disagree with hand feeding being promoted as a "solution" to resource guarding behavior. I see is constantly on all the resource guarding posts. It absolutely isn't, I believe this 100%, after having a puppy that guards and working extensively with a trainer on it and learning all about the psychology of guarding. At best is it neutral and at worst you are creating deep conflict within your puppy because they essentially fear your hand near food and that is the only way you are offering to feed them which is pretty cruel when you think about it like that.

  111. I had to hand feed my puppy some because he got so picky… I seriously don’t know why anyone would want to do it it is so annoying!

  112. Littermate syndrome. I’d never even heard of it until I asked a question on Reddit I had a brother/sister combo for 13 years and never had an issue. I just adopted two chiweenie brothers and honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever adopt just one dog at a time. There have been zero scientific studies done regarding littermate syndrome.

  113. I don't think I'd label this as a belief, but it's to do with alone training. People seem to have a lot of issues with it and get upset their puppy isn't taking to it well/has separation anxiety.

  114. This varies a lot by dog. My pup has always been like this and we were able to take actions to keep her that way. But there are plenty of dogs, like the ones I grew up with, who from day 1 lose it immediately if left alone. It's not always as simple as just start leaving them alone early.

  115. That extendable leashes are the devil. They aren’t for every dog but if you have a dog that stick super close they can be great, no more fumbling with excess leash!

  116. Also, we have an "always on leash" regulation in our forests from April till the end of July due to the wild animals having their babies then. I use the rolling leash on a harness this time when I walk my dog, so she can roam more than being on a normal leash. And it works well for us.

  117. That ignoring behaviours will make them stop. That's not much of a conversation, I've found a firm and loud NO then ignoring them is much more effective way to stop a behaviour I don't like. They won't do the behaviour more for your attention when they don't like the attention it gets them. Ignoring your dog digging etc isn't going to get you anywhere.

  118. I agree. My dog almost seemed to potty train herself. Her pee pad was always in the same place so she would run there to pee. After she got all of her vaccines I noticed she liked to pee in areas she could smell that other dogs have peed. So the grass outside of our place, but when I take her in public, she'll sniff around any grass area I take her to and pee and I never taught her that. The only "crate training" I did/still do is that she sleeps in a playpen every night so she doesn't pee at night.

  119. Question: I’m not planning on crate training and I’m struggling to decide what to do in the evenings. Did you use an X-pen or just let pup loose in your room? Or?

  120. Honestly just depends on if you want the pup on their own bed or if you’re okay with them sleeping with you on yours, because if they’re loose in your room they’re always gonna want to rather be with you.

  121. Crate training really helped with my puppy at nights otherwise he'll pee and poop where ever he pleases. It's hard to potty train him when we're asleep

  122. I didn’t crate train for potty. We crate trained to teach the dog where his safe resting spot was, and that it was a place for naps, but it wasn’t related to potty training at all. For potty training we just took him out a lot and sort of built a schedule around that.

  123. Yeah I am not big on crate training. I tried crate training and idk if he just was born this way but my dog from the start (adopted him at 4.5 months) has literally despised crates. He has a full blown screaming, pooping/peeing meltdown in the crate and no matter what I tried just couldn’t get him on board. I ended up baby gating him in my bedroom when I had to leave and that worked a lot better for us idk. Crate training just isn’t for every dog. He’s potty trained fine, just had to be consistent about taking him outside. Now he gets free roam of the house b/c he behaves and just sleeps while I am gone

  124. Potty training is difficult or impossible. It can be demanding at first but if you make sure to take them out often, you'll pick up on their schedule and it might sound crazy but we taught our little one to pee/ poo on command. You just have to stick with it and be consistent about it.

  125. I did not exactly disagree, but I found it weird about the potty situation. For each month puppies could hold +1 hr, to take them out every 2-3 hours which for me could mean that for the first year I had to stay at home all the time. Then I taught her to go potty on my balcony and everything got easier.

  126. I’ve never crate trained any of dogs, they are all happy, toilet trained very easily. Sounds like you did what suited and worked for you, good one! It’s not easy.

  127. That dog parks are bad. There are so many ways to safely enjoy dog parks. Dog parks are also the only opportunity some people have to socialize their puppy.

  128. Never crate trained, mostly learned as I went in terms of potty training etc etc. no separation training AT ALL. He was a bit of a demon puppy but now my boy is the best boy in the world! I don’t even know how it happened, I just loved him to bits and maybe he just got it? He’s sweet, loving, playful and soooo respectful. I feel like one of those parents who poured their all into raising a kid and was rewarded by having him turn out so well.

  129. i hear you, and as someone who has rescued before; some people aren’t meant to rescue a dog. our rescue was sent home with us being told that she just had a slight limp, and nothing else. within her first 30 mins home, she started peeing EXCESSIVELY. She also had separation anxiety so bad that she would cry the MOMENT I left her sight. it turns out she had hormonal incontinence, and in her previous homes had been left in reusable diapers and crated all day. she was a mess because of her previous life, and some people aren’t willing to take those challenges on. puppies are hard to come by in rescues in my area, and are almost always pit-mixes. lots of apartments/rentals don’t allow pit-mixes, so that cuts SO MANY dogs out of SO MANY people’s options.

  130. There may be a lot of dogs in the shelter but the number of people equipped with the skills to successfully rehabilitate a dog is much smaller. That kind of commitment isn't for most people and it shouldn't be taken lightly. A dog with issues in the wrong hands can and will ruin lives.

  131. There are some unpopular and “against the rules“ training tools that, when discussed here, will get you banned in the sub. I think that’s completely ridiculous and that those training tools can be helpful in very special situations under the guidance of an expert.

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