Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #3: Breaking in the new shop dog... I am exhausted!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-23-2010 05:30 PM 1879 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I guess you should be careful what you ask for right?

As folks know by now, Brody, our very fresh, paint not quite dry on him yet Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy came home with us Sunday afternoon. Now he spent a good sum of time Sunday evening asleep. This was NOT how things were to continue though…

Due to the vet’s insistence that we keep him away from other dogs, or where other dogs have been until he has completed his shots and everything, we have had to resort to paper training him. Which has been easier than expected, for the most part. On more than one occasion I have had to snatch him up just prior to soiling the carpet and run him, okay in my case limp with him over to the papers before he does his thing. But he’s getting it…

What he doesn’t get yet, is when sleep time, and when play time is… Needless to say, this is a little taxing. But we are making progress… As his schedule adjustment / training continues, we have taken to keeping him up, until just before bed time, this did NOT work well monday night / tuesday morning as he woke up at 3:00 a.m. and fused, and fussed, and fussed. But yesterday was good. He got to bed at about 9:30, and didn’t make a peep until 5:30 this morning….

We are trying to train him to not cry or bark for attention, so per the doggy training books, I went in, changed the paper (Doggie training is probably one of the FEW things the Houston Chronicle is good for by the way…) then went back to bed keeping him penned up in his confinement area. He fussed, barked, yapped, and carried on for about a half hour. I sure hope the neighbors can’t hear him!

I took the opportunity to take a nice hot shower, shave, and start getting dressed. After he had settled down, I waited about 10 minutes so that he wouldn’t get the idea that me coming out to see him was HIS idea, but rather MINE… And I proceeded to play fetch, and tug o war with him. Actually fetch turned in to Tug O War since he didn’t want to let go of his little stuffed pheasant… I need to train THAT out of him as well. Especially with birds. Last thing I want is for him to retrieve a duck I just dropped, and him getting the idea it is okay to keep, or worse, maul it…

According to SWMBO, he settles down quickly when I go to work, and naps most of the morning. I suggested that she take advantage of that time and catch up on her sleep as well… I am betting she will…

Now if only I could manage to stay awake long enough to get through today, and maybe, just maybe get a reasonable nights sleep tonight…

This is like having a fussy baby in the house you know? Except this thing has sharp little teeth and wants to gnaw on EVERYTHING…

Anyway, I digress. Yesterday was a watershed moment as it were in Puppy Training. He was introduced, albeit briefly to the shop. I took him out to the shop and set up on top of the table saw and let him look around. He also sniffed around the band saw, and my piles of lumber… So far so good…

Any of you other dog owners there, do you have suggestions for acclimating the pup to the shop? Am I doing this right?

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 05:41 PM

Ahh, the joys of fatherhood!

I am, also, waiting for ideas to acclimating the dog to the shop. Quigley, our basset, doesn’t like any loud noise- so it’s been a real challenge.

Congrats, on staying firm on ignoring the whining at night. On Quigley’s first night, Mimi took pity on him; you can guess where he sleeps now (that cover hog)!

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 05:51 PM

Yeah, no can do on that… That’s Kiti’s place… :-).

I have a friend that has a newborn baby, AND a young pup. I personally think him and his wife are INSANE… We have at least 6 months or so of treatments before even thinking about trying again, so by the time a baby shows up at our house, the dog will be, well… a DOG, and will have been through obedience school… Not to mention hunting training.

Loud noises don’t seem to phase him. He will turn to look, then investigate. He shows no fear at all… Which can be very good (don’t need him flinching or running off when he hears a gun shot on a hunting trip…) or it can be bad (not staying clear of running machines). I need to train him which is which…

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 07:09 PM

Can’t help. The little guy on the left shows no desire to go down the steps to my basement workshop. Its all for the best because I have some “food” out for the occasional mouse.

He doesn’t differentiate between my hammering and the front door being pounded, so thats a little problem. I like him barking at the door!

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 07:40 PM

Crate training can be a huge help with both sleeping and potty training. It gets them on a routine and dogs are really good at figuring out and adjusting to a routine. You let them out of the crate in the morning and head straight for the door (or papers) then the same when you get home from work. The crate also helps settle them down. It is their den, their safe spot.

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 08:43 PM

Brody, here are some quick pointers to learn from Richard’s dog Marley

When your owner sets a screwdriner on the counter and it rolls off, its yours to keep so scamper off with it quickly and hide it.

When owner is assembling a multipiece project, he won’t miss a piece or two.

When scampering off with a tool, workpiece, ect, put a few teeth marks into it so your owner will know it’s yours when he finally finds it while mowing the yard next week.

The glue bottle is just another playtoy with oozy guts.

and so on let me know if I forgot any.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 09:20 PM


2 words: crate train. All of our dogs have been crate trained since day one. It provides a safe haven for them and a sense of secruity for the dogs. It also allows you some freedom about what to do with them during the day time or at night. All we have to do is say is ‘crate’, the dogs come running and walk into their crates. During the day when we are home we leave the crates open and the dogs always go in them to sleep.


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#7 posted 06-23-2010 10:16 PM

I have a yellow lab myself, and didn’t get to train her as a puppy (its the wifes dog and i wasn’t in the picture 8 years ago), so she wont come within 100 feet of the shop or go down the stairs or walk on ceramic tile … needless to say i think that you’re well on your way to having a great shop companion. Labs are just sweet dogs and as loyal as they come. But you will find out that they dont really calm down until the tender age of about 5 and in the case of our dog, Grace, she went from puppy to old lady pretty quickly. Good luck and id love to check out some pics of Brode-dog

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 10:49 PM

Thanks… Brody is my 3rd. He is however my first puppy. I have always adopted adult dogs. First one was 2, second was 4… The second, Deacon didn’t like the shop when machines were running, except the dust collector. He wanted to be vacuumed… It was hilarious though, i would be hand planing at the bench, and he kept trying to bit the shavings as they fell to the floor!

Richard, I LOVE your advice to the dog… I actually laughed loud enough to get people to wonder…

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 11:11 PM

awww – Congrats on the addition! They’re a lot of work when they’re puppies – I claim insanity for getting two within a month of each other – but I couldn’t turn down that beagle face (and they’re brothers to boot). I’m with the guys on potty training…and you may just have to see what happens when you fire up a table saw, etc. Just be careful – their ears are more sensitive than ours are so maybe doggie ear protection? :D

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 11:26 PM

Do they make doggie ear muffs?

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 12:40 AM

If you get doggy ear muffs be sure they are canine digestible….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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