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Old 08-24-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Even my psychotic little dog is learning that when a reward is paired with something I want her to do, she is more likely to do it. And Artie can't be anywhere near her level of craziness, so there's even more hope for him!
You might be giving Artie a wee bit too much credit here.

Actually, I know that he's a VERY smart dog. He really is. He just knows that he's dealing with the weakest link (me), so he pushes the limit, knowing that I'll give in sooner rather than later.

We just moved to MA from CT and my husband was in CT yesterday and dropped in at my friend's office to say hi to her. During their idle chit-chat, my friend *accused* me of CODDLING Artie. Can you believe such slander???
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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You & Artie sound like me & Shermyn.

In Shermyn's point of view:
Sherm's the Alpha.
I'm his b*tch.
Tom is a negligible nuisance.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You & Artie sound like me & Shermyn.

In Shermyn's point of view:
Sherm's the Alpha.
I'm his b*tch.
Tom is a negligible nuisance.
This is my life exactly! Substitute you for me, Sherm for Artie, and Tom for Jeremy. Same exact deal!
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Guess who pooped in the back yard this moooooorniiiiing!

He hadn't gone since yesterday morning's poop.

He also didn't go the first time I let him out this morning. When I put the citronella collar on him -- which I do when it's very early o'clock so he doesn't bark the neighbors awake -- he feels punished. When I pull it out of the drawer, he turns his back to me and slumps his head. Like, "Why me? Why THIS?" And, with the citronella collar on, he tends to stay close to me -- I guess he doesn't even want to be tempted to venture around and find something to bark at.

Anyway, at 8am I couldn't stand it anymore. (I'm guessing Artie's colon couldn't either.) Out we went without the collar. And I saw it happening. He found something to bark at, ran around a bit, and then he did the pacing and turning and I knew it was about to be gold. I had the hot dog piece ready aaaaaaand... YES! PARTY TIME, ARTIE-FARTIE!!!!
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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UGH!!! I have the most stubborn boy in the world.

This morning we went for a walk. I know, I know, I shouldn't have. He pooped.

We came back and he didn't eat his breakfast. He's been a really good eater since we moved, so it was a bit of a surprise that he didn't eat.

He didn't eat all morning, either. By 2.30pm, when his bowl was still full -- and we'd been out back half a dozen times -- I knew that he had to poo again. I let him out back. He lay in the grass. I took him for a walk. He pooped. We came back home... and he wolfed down his breakfast immediately.

I knew why he wasn't eating, but he refused to poop in the back yard!

Should I really not have taken him for a walk and kept letting him suffer? I'm not good at this!
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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I think you need some sort of poo group similar to Al-Anon
Poo-anon?
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:39 PM
 
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Ala-Poop?
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Ala-poop sounds about right.
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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yes, d ... you should hold out and not take him for a walk....

ha!! easy for me to say!! house mate rich has built a ramp for bailey to go up and down from the deck to the back yard and i STILL take her out front a couple of times a day....
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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yes, d ... you should hold out and not take him for a walk....

ha!! easy for me to say!! house mate rich has built a ramp for bailey to go up and down from the deck to the back yard and i STILL take her out front a couple of times a day....
I knew that. I really did. I think I just needed someone like you to tell me.

Ramps??? Artie would love a ramp! For what, I don't know... but I know that he'd love it.

Actually, that caused me to think... our new deck is off the top level of our house. The yard as at the bottom, down two steep (for me) flights of deck stairs, which causes me concern thinking about them icing over in the winter. In the old house, there were only six or so stairs, and Artie would FLY down them. I have visions of him breaking things (i.e. bones) going down these stairs in the winter, unless I keep the stair gate closed and just let him out from the lower level. Ramps. Maybe when Jeremy has time (HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!), he can build Artie a ramp! I'll let you know how that request goes.
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