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Old 08-21-2012, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Does time outs work for boxer puppies?

I have a very mouthy stubborn bratty puppy who I love very very much. I just can not deal with being attacked on a daily basis, multiple times a day. The lunging and biting and barking, no matter what I do it will not stop. I have tried turning my back and ignoring her but then she just nips at my backside and scratches me. I am not sure what point she is trying to make or if this is just a natural instinct for a dog but the bigger she is getting the scarey it gets. She now can lunge across the couch and has gotten extremely close to my face with her teeth. I yell NO and BAD DOG and it gets worse. I have just recently started a "time out" in the bathroom. I try to get a hold of her and say BAD DOG and put her in the bathroom for a minute or two. I am curious is anyone else has tried this time out method and if they have had any results? She really is the sweetest pup when she is sleeping hahaha but there are scary moments in our household when her eyes glaze over and she turns into a Cujo of some sort. Any help would be great!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They worked for me. I used it a bunch of times with Mickey when he was a pup. I would tie him to the door knob, isolate him from everyone else and have him stay there for like 5-10 mins and I will ask everyone in the house not to pay attention to him, after that I would have him do some doggy push-ups (sit, down, stand) and then release him. He starts nipping again, back to the door knob...rinse repeat. Also, your pup will eventually stop doing it...Mickey stopped doing it when he was around 5 months old.
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when mason is at his crazy times.... atttention seeking times, I will go into my room and close the door leaving him in hallway alone he hates it after aboit 5 to 10 minutes I open door he is laying down and will not come to me for a minute or two but changed attitude...
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One other thing I wanted to add...don't give him a timeout in his crate (if you use one), because it will cause the pup to resent the crate.
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One other thing I wanted to add...don't give him a timeout in his crate (if you use one), because it will cause the pup to resent the crate.
Exactly. We put Mylo's leash on and tie it to the banister and we keep him there until he calms down.

Something that may help you also is getting a spray bottle (one you use to spritz your hair) fill it with water and spray her when she does it. We did this with Mylo to get him to stop jumping up on people and it worked wonders. It surprises them. After a while, all I needed to do was show him the bottle and he would calm down. Good luck!
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When Sally is being a complete feral, she gets time out outside.... (it is winter at the moment so she doesn't really like it at night) by letting her outside she can run around crazy if she feels the need to burn, but I won't let her in until she is sitting calmly at the door, I ahve left her outside for 30minutes before with 4 attempts of letting her in, but if she won't sit and wait until I invite her in she stays outside!
She is learning! Even when she goes out for potty, she now waits quietly at the door, or will sit at the open door until I invite her in.
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Dozer, nine months, got his first timeout last night. He was trying to be actively involved, and would not sit, as I was trying to put my shoes on to take him outside. I put the leash on the banister, and he just stood there with his head down. I did not scold him, and it was only for 15 seconds at the most, but it was almost pathetic. I may practice that approach again, but rather than putting my shoes on while he is restrained, letting his loose and trying to put my shoes on again. The actively involved part needs to stop.
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We use time out. I know some folks think you shouldn't use the crate for a time out, and maybe they're right, but I have to be honest and say that we do use the crate for a time out. He doesn't resent it at all. He just knows if he's in there, it's time to chill. If he gets mouthy and decides to bark and continue seeking our attention while in the crate, we drop the cover over the door until he quites down. We have a blanket that drapes over the crate because we found in the very beginning that he was most comfortable when the sides and top of the cratewere covered. Made it more den-like I think. He usually quiets right down and takes a short 10-15 minute nap and then he comes out and seems more well behaved and not quite so spazzed out. Sometimes we just put the baby gate up and put him in the kitchen and we go back to the living room and just let him chill in the kitchen by himself, but that seems to lead to more whining and barking to get our attention. The crate works best for us...and he still loves us!
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I have to use time out with my 4 month old often. I give her a "3 strikes and your out!" if I have to say no 3 times, it's a time out. About 30 seconds to a minute. Then I open the door and she's usually sitting calmly. I ignore her for another minute or so then approach her calmly. Sometimes is takes 2 or 3 tries but it usually works for me. I've also learned sometimes when she misbehaves and the time outs aren't working, she either has to go potty or she's over stimulated and needs some sleep.
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