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Old 05-21-2008, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know i have it for me with 2 puppies and a toddler
But my question is, is there ever a time where they just settle down and lay down with you?
Not one time since we have had them will they just settle down and let you rub them
The minute i let them out they go crazy and never stop ever
Today it got really bad. They scratched the heck out of my toddle and its right under his eye, i am lucky that he didnt move up just a notch and scratched his eyeball :[
They are constantly jumping on him. I mean they are his size when they stand on their back legs so they are always going for his face :[
I just feel bad that i am constantly yelling at them to get down.
I wish they would just settle down and let me rub them and chill out on the couch
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well....... your talking about a boxer right! Settle down?? Well, at 7 months Britney is just starting to sleep in the living room but only for moments and then something awakens her and she thinks play time again... Then I give her the command for 'place' and put her back in her bed.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yes they do..uhmm mine is almost 7 hahhaa..both dogs...and they run and slam into walls and sound like 2 wrestling walrus's but they pick their times...besides that they are SUPER CHILL....

unless i try to sleep in my once a month chance MAYBE..its an all out free for all on my head ! hahaha

they will chill...right now they have eachother so they are in constant play mode...their seperate personalities will start to develop and start to show

just hang in there
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Zulu has never settled down, he is either Looney or sleeping and he is nearly 5!

However i have noticed a slight change in his energy levels lately, im not sure if this is to do with getting older or because its summer *
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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my tyson will be 8 on june 3rd. he's still nuts. barely less crazy then when he was *a puppy. that's the way i like him too.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah they do but as puppies you sometimes have to channel their enery to other avenues than your toddler. *I have to put mine in daycare two days a week just for him to have an outlet for the energy so he is not taking it out on my furniture. * Also have you enrolled them in any training classes?? *Sometimes learning how to control certain behaviors such as jumping are a big help and obedience school is not only good for socialization but for you to learn how to control the dog, and not let the dog control you.

Other than that - glad your baby was not hurt, and keep a bottle of wine handly, with two puppies and a toddler once they are asleep - I know I would need it!!!!
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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NO!
Yes, they eventually mellow out some. *I've found the best way to calm Henry down is to be very boring and inactive. *But I don't have a baby in the house either. *When my son gets home from school, it's go time! * If they are old enough for puppy classes, I'd deffinately sign them up! :wink: *
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Speaking from experience here with 2 pups and a toddler (and a preschooler and 2 others in school), I make them have a time and place for EVERYTHING, it's the only way to control the chaos. They are only allowed rough play outside, if they start inside, they get one warning, do it again and they both get time-outs. However, in the backyard they pretty much have free access to play. Lenny, my older pup has taken a notice of my little boy recently and will move the playfight away from him if they are all in the yard. He also "checks" on him from time to time in the house. It's really cute and I can see the bond that they already have, and believe it or not, your puppies will chill a *tiny* bit. At least they have each other to wear the other one out.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, I only have a tiny bit of experience. Lucy is 8 weeks old and our first boxer. I have an 18 month old son and a 3 year old daughter.

Lucy tries to jump and mouth on the kids constantly (especially their clothes). The only thing I have found that works is I have a can filled with coins and I shake it when she jumps on them. When she mouths them, I make a noise "AH AH AH no bite" and she normally stops. If she doesn't, then the can gets a shake and she always stops then. When she stops jumping/biting she gets praise. I have occasionally had to put her in time out when she is really excited. I try to only let her get that wound up when we are outside. Redirecting by giving her a toy instead does help distract her, as well.

Something else that has helped (I also was just reading this suggestion online) is to keep a lightweight leash on them in the house so you can rein them in easily if you need to (though with two - I can't even imagine! lol).

I keep started keeping the leash on Lucy in the house to help with housebreaking (so she isn't able to sneak off and pee on the carpet) and I have found it a great tool in helping when she gets a little crazy.

She has scratched my son's face a couple times already. I try to always monitor them together and I take my can with me everywhere that the kids will be around her (including the backyard), but I do use it sparingly and save it for when my other warnings/distractions aren't working.

I also plan on getting her in obedience classes as soon as she gets all her vaccinations.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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HAHA...I asked this question too when I first got Tango. *I'm still looking for the battery compartment! *The only time he was ever quiet was on our 3 hour drive home. *So sweet and innocent looking. *How deceiving! *
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