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Old 01-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I brought Muriel home two weeks ago. She is 10 weeks old. She is a sweet and very smart baby, but I am baffled by some of her behavior. She does what I have dubbed "The spite pee". If I turn my back for half a second she pees in my house or in my office. I think it's strange because she sleeps from 10pm until about 6:30am every night without a potty break. She is crated next to my bed at night. She has a crate in my office as well. I take her out frequently during her waking hours (every 30 minutes) so I don't know why she does this. Tonight I tied her leash to my belt loop and she didn't pee in the house once. So my question is how long do I need to leash her to me? How should I wean her from being on the leash at all times. Fortunately, she is super smart and already walks at a heel and sits when I stop moving and before going through a door. I am so lucky she is this good.

I have had two other dogs in my life, both from puppy-hood, and both housebroke in under two weeks. Poor Muriel is nowhere close to being there.

Another thing is the biting. Oh my does she ever chomp on me. I have had my hands bloody and she bit me on the nose and drew blood. She isn't being mean or anything, she just has such sharp teeth. I redirect with chews but she is determined to chomp my tender flesh! Leashing her has helped me with this as well.

Any advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does Muriel get a treat and praise every time she "goes" outside?
If you catch her in the act, do you correct with an "eh-eh" or similar noise and immediately take her outside to finish, and then treat and praise?

The biting will eventually stop, just be consistent in what you are already doing (giving toys /chews)

Is Muriel deaf ?
White boxers have a higher incidence of deafness, which would change how you would need to train her for her to understand.

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Muriel is not deaf. She was tested at 7 weeks. She responds to her name and to commands like sit, off, come and heel. So, thankfully we are good there

Here is where I think the trouble is, and I will have to work to fix it. It was -6 degrees F when we brought her home and I put a sweater and a fleece on her to go out but she HATES the cold and would shiver and cry. As soon as she finishes she doesn't want to wait for praise and just bolts for the house to get back inside. It was like that until about 3 days ago. Low single digits at night or below zero and maybe breaking into the teens during the day. It is now a lovely 50ish out in the day and high 20's at night. No accidents since yesterday morning, since I tethered her and after reading your response this morning, I treat her too and encourage her to roll around in the sunshine while it is warm. She actually went to the door twice to go out today so YAY! Typically, when she has an accident I don't say a word I just scoop her up right away outside to show her where to go and then crate her so while I clean up the mess. I will verbally correct her if/when we have future accidents.

Thank you for the advice. I really appreciate your time.
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I do not think it is spite pee. I really think she is just learning and the cold weather is taking a toll on her. Be patient, I know this is challenging having a puppy in the winter. It is super cold! I know I would not want to pee outside in that weather.

It is great that you are leashing her to you. Truly a great way to teach and train. I had to leash my male puppy to me for at least 4 months. He was by my side when he was not in the crate or not outside with my husband. It is very time consuming but you are making a difference.

The biting and chewing...teething. Keep in mind she does not know how rough she is being but her jaws and teeth are changing every minute. The growing pains make her want to chew, nip, and be mouthy. Chew toys are great and yelping loudly (overeaction) when she bites and ignoring her will go a long way toward making it known you don't like it.

Good luck and keep up the great work as a boxer mama.
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I know when we first got Murphy, it rained & she didn't want to go outside so we saw an increase with her peeing in the house. Just try to give happy voice praise & you can treat once back in the house. I will also take the treats outside with me. Keep it up, she'll learn.
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I agree, it's not spite, she just doesn't know what to do, yet. Leashing her to you is the best way to potty train, IMHO. She may also need to go out more frequently until she gets the idea. Try every 20 minutes. In general dogs/puppies won't potty where they have to sleep so it's not surprising that she holds it in the crate. Your sweet baby is adorable!!!
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Thank you all so much. I just want to do right by her. She is so precious and silly. I will keep her tethered to me and I will keep patient. She goes to the vet next Friday for vaccines and a check-up, then we start puppy school! I think she will love it
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