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A few questions [Jun. 16th, 2009|04:32 pm]
Maltese Dogs


So I've had my dog for about 2 and a half weeks now, and although he's improving in a lot of ways, there are some parts we need work on. He was a rescue, and about 1-2 years old, but I have no idea what his previous training or family was like.

Anyway, first thing is potty training, which is going relatively well. Most of the time he pees and poops whenever we put him in the bathroom on the pee pads. Sometimes he takes longer, but it is mostly ok. We put him in the morning right after taking him out of his crate, right after breakfast, right after we get home from work, and right after dinner. Only thing is that we are trying to associate the peepads with peeing, and trying to train him to go there by himself, but sometimes he can't hold his pee so right after drinking we'd try to coax him to the bathroom but sometimes he can't hold it and pees there.

Another side note about peepads - not sure if we just have really crappy peepads or not, but sometimes he pees and after that, he steps in the pee, and tracks pee footprints in the house, because we have a wooden floor. So, whenever we do train him to go on peepads by himself and leave him out of his crate, we're afraid he's goign to track peeprints all over the house anyway.

Okay, next question. He scratches the crate at night when we're trying to sleep. We try to ignore it, and it comes and goes, but if we have to go to the bathroom, which means walking by his crate, he'll start scratching very loud again. We live in an apartment so we're afraid his scratching is a nuisance to the neighbors. How can we get him to stop? We've been doing the ignoring him until he's quiet and then try to treat, but as soon as we get close to the crate he starts scratching again. Getting him INTO the crate is easy, just point to it, say "Crate", and treat, but getting him to remain quiet in there is a different story.

Last question: Leash training. He's very impulsive and excitable, and doesn't walk on a leash well. He wants to run around and often tangles the cord around me, and doesn't walk in the straight line, just wherever he wants to run or sniff things. Any suggestions there? We've tried to tell him to sit, which he eventually does after a lot of reminding, but he doesn't stay sitting very long because he always wants to jump up and go somewhere, and not be patient.


From: frosty_pickle
2009-06-16 05:26 pm (UTC)
So you leave him in a crate while you work and go to sleep?
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[User Picture]From: munchkin1616
2009-06-16 06:02 pm (UTC)
so wait, he's in the crate while you're at work and while you're sleeping? whoa :(
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[User Picture]From: mist1006
2009-06-18 04:21 pm (UTC)
ok.. for a maltese, a crate is ok during the day and at night as long as they ahve play time in the afternoon. A LOT of people have to do this. Too frequently it becomes their cave and they're happy to be there. It's going to take some time to have him get used to it. The pup we got for my mother in law took about a week.

As for the pee pad training I can't help you there.

But leash training he sounds like my Boom. Boom will only walk well on a show lead. It's just a slip leash that you keep up behind their ears when you're walking. Little checks when they make mistakes. It's crazy how much of a change Boom has when he's on it. It's the same idea that the dog whisper gives. you should check it out. Mostly it keeps them in a submissive state and they're just relaxed and easy going. When we walk now there's slack in the leash and he stays right by me.

If I walk Boom on his harness all hell breaks loose. He charges at everything, runs in circles around me, barks at everything.

Check out this website: http://www.spoiledmaltese.com/forum/

The girls there are awesome and can help you with just about anything.

One of our dogs is a rescue. He's never fully house broken in the four years we've had him. We just clean up after him and we have to feed him outside so he'll poo outside. They are the most greatful loving dogs you will ever meet. Just remember they frequently come with issues. He may have been kept in his crate ALWAYS. Thats may be why he wants out. Ours sleep with us, they're just little lovers that want attention.

Good luck
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[User Picture]From: munchkin1616
2009-06-21 06:01 am (UTC)
not sure where you're getting the info that it's okay to have a dog in a crate for 16+ hrs a day but it's not. It's not recommended by vets or trainers or really anyone any more than it's okay for a child to be in his/her bedroom for that many hours each day! While many people do this because they want the dog to work around their schedules, it's really selfish and people who are unable or unwilling to rearrange their own schedules to prevent this really should reconsider whether they should be dog owners.

Most vets strongly recommend harness leashes for Malteses and other small/toy dogs since they're safest at control and restraint without risk of choking and whatnot. if the dog's a puppy, s/he can be trained now much easier than trying to correct it and make the dog learn a new leash later.

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