Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Monday NAUGHTY Mischief: Daisy’s Overmarking Her Turf!

Mischief is one thing – we laugh at it, take pictures of it, and marvel over how smart and funny our sweet puppy is. BUT – this isn’t funny mischief, it’s downright naughty mischief.

Daisy’s new breed of mischief is – she piddles when we first greet her, both in the morning and when we come home after being out. And it’s not one single “hey-you’re-home group piddle” either – she’s got a piddle saved for each of us.

I’ll save you any unnecessary photos of the piddle puddles she’s gifting us and just share this photo of a semi-remorseful Daisy (but not remorseful enough to stop!).

Don’t see a lot of remorse here? Neither do we – just a touch to get the sympathy vote.

It’s like she’s marking the spot where we say hello, wherever it may be. Of course, with this new behavior, we only say hello on tile floors now.

I can’t figure out why it started, and the only thing that it coincides with is the work being done in our kitchen. Can that figure into it?

Or could it be that the installation wasn’t going smoothly and we’ve been living in chaos for the past month? It’s a long story, but to cut to the chase, the wrong size cabinets were delivered for half of the kitchen, so we were on hold for 10-14 days until the new cabinets were made and shipped up from Virginia. So we had no stove, oven, or sink. And everything is still in chaos because I have the flu (a super early flu!) and can’t manage all that backbreaking work. All the stuff from the cabinets are in boxes all over the living room and the dining room table is loaded with things we need to use. Up until last week, the dining half of the kitchen had the disconnected stove and dishwasher against a wall, blocking traffic flow.

When I say things are in chaos, I’m not exaggerating. It’s miserable living like this. I’m wondering if it’s affecting Daisy, but why would she show it this way? She seems perfectly calm the rest of the time.

So we’re going back to basics using Jan Fennell‘s Amichien Bonding techniques. Her training techniques worked like a charm with Daisy when she was a stubborn puppy, so we have faith they’ll work again.

If anyone has any ideas as to why this naughty mischief is happening, we’d love to get some fresh perspectives!

We’re part of the Monday Mischief blog hop!

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Destructo-Pup Strikes Again – This Time, It’s The Furniture….

Take a look at this:

I gasped so hard when I saw Daisy chewing the stretcher bar on the coffee table that I almost swallowed my tongue.

Why oh why, with all her toys, blankets, and bones, did she choose to go after wood furniture? She’s certainly not teething anymore!

And it’s not just once – this pup seemed to be turning into a wood addict! We’ve stopped her several more times since she committed this crime, going after the same spot on the same piece. And it’s not soft wood – it’s good oak. Older oak, not contemporary veneer. She’s got good taste….unfortunately….

Now we think we may have solved this mystery – a pattern developed. Whenever we sat on the sofa and didn’t allow Daisy to come up, she rebelled by chewing on the coffee table! Clearly she wanted us to notice because the spot is right in front of us. She was sending a powerful message and trying to gain control.

I may look cute, but I can be a real mischievous wise guy...

We hadn’t realized what she was doing because she likes to lean her Nylabone against the stretchers of the coffee table when she chews it sometimes, and it makes the same loud scraping sound as she does when she’s chewing directly on the stretcher.

Now we’re very alert to it and have stopped her a few more times, putting her in the Naughty Room for 5 minutes each time. I’m happy to say that she’s learned her lesson and isn’t doing it anymore….so far…. But what’s next?

I don’t really want to replace this piece if I don’t have to, so I looked for ways to patch this huge missing chunk (it’s a good 4+ inches wide!). I found these sites explaining how to fix chewed wood furniture, and I’m passing them along in case you’re a fellow Destructo-Pup sufferer:

How to Repair Furniture That Has Been Chewed on by a Dog gives detailed step-by-step instructions on how to mend that gnawed wood.

And Creative Homeowner has step-by-step instructions along with pictures that actually show the process.

We’ll let you know how the repairs go this spring when we try our hand at it!

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How Spaying Spoiled Our Havachon!

“Spoiled” as in “bratty” – not “spoiled” as in “ruined”! LOL

Daisy has now fully returned to her energetic, playful self, but with one extra unwanted facet – she’s acting like a spoiled brat. Queen of the castle, ruler of the house. Very self confident to the point of taking risks and trying new things that aren’t allowed.

This is not going over well with us. At all.

It seems that two solid days of cuddling her when she was really hurting, whining in pain, and unable to move around well, followed by another three days of attention and companionship served to spoil her just as much as they served to help heal her. During those days, she’d stare into my eyes with the sweetest, softest yet most pathetic expression that looked like a cross between “help me” and “thank you”.

But now it appears that her previous training has gone right out the window, along with her doggy “manners”. She’s demanding, bratty, aggressive, and seems full of herself – if she was a toddler, she’d be having LOTS of time outs.

How fast puppies can unlearn good behavior and limits when they’re catered to for just a short time!

In addition, she’s jumped up on the sofa twice and has, for the first time ever, jumped up on the raised brick hearth in the family room. This wouldn’t be a problem except, as you can see from the photo, we have some decorative items on the hearth, which we now may have to remove since there’s no way to keep her off the hearth.

Today we went back to basics and started retraining her from square one. No allowances for cuteness, no deviating from Jan Fennell’s original training  rules that worked so well the first time around. When we’re busy doing things or walking from room to room and Daisy starts jumping on us as well as leaping high in the air and lunging AT us hard (this is all the new aggressiveness), we tell her “no” firmly and ignore her, going about our business. After a few more futile attempts, she gives up – this is what’s supposed to happen; she’s learning that this behavior doesn’t get her what she wants.

When we’re sitting on the sofa and she stands up with her front paws on the sofa demanding attention or to be picked up, we tell her “down”. She listens, but grumbles and/or yaps a lot, eventually calming down. Still, we’re achieving the desired result, and it’s taking root faster than when we first trained her. Clearly she remembers the rules; she just chose to forget them for a while. Eventually the grumbling should stop and she should go back to behaving like she did pre-spay.

She’s overly playful in an aggressive sort of way too, and that sweet expression in her eyes has been replaced by a look of dominance and demands. So far she hasn’t done anything threatening, but we’re not waiting around to see if it would get to that. She clearly sees that we’re in a power struggle now, and she’s starting to back down.

It’s a battle of wills and we’re not giving in. We want our puppy back.

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