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I agree with all the previous. The "brattiness" is normal golden behavior! Diesel does this when we are not paying him enough attention (so HE thinks) and starts nudging and mouthing both the furniture and us. It has also landed him in many time outs. He is six months and seems to be doing it a little less but has his moments still.


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Thanks for all the responses to far guys

I've read about having a spot they're lead to and tethered to for short (1 minute or less) time outs, but if you use the crate/xpen for time out, I'm curious if you provide toys.
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I agree with all the previous. The "brattiness" is normal golden behavior! Diesel does this when we are not paying him enough attention (so HE thinks) and starts nudging and mouthing both the furniture and us. It has also landed him in many time outs. He is six months and seems to be doing it a little less but has his moments still.


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Yup, the way you described what Diesel does is exactly what Sasha does! I admit I melted inside the first time I heard her tiny bark, but knew it could quickly lead to trouble if I didn't nip it in the bud now LOL.
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Bear is allowed on the sofa, chair and bed. Which basically covers all the pertinent furniture. Lol!!

If he doesn't obey an off command, he loses furniture access for the rest of that day. I find sometimes he gets really mouthy and he'll lunge at me, bow, bark then lunge again. I don't mind because I know he's playing. I'll tell him to get me a toy and once he does we play.

He has a habit of grabbing any blanket he is near. But I allow this b/c he's choosing the blanket instead of my hand which is a hurray moment and he's not ripping just biting it. He does it to our bedspread and to any blankets we keep on the couch instead of the couch itself.

If he gets too out of hand, I will ask him to lay down and I'll give him my hand. When he tries to bite, I'll take my hand and say "no bite." Pause and move hand back "give kisses!" And once he is settled enough to lick my hand instead of bite, I'll leave him to his devices.

Bear loves to lay on the couch with me. If I'm working on my laptop, he'll grab a bone and curl up next to me to chew on it while I type away.


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My boys are allowed on the furniture. I just love to cuddle them, there is no way I could be consistent about not letting them on. One look and they would be right in my lap.

In terms of "time outs," I don't use time outs as punishment so much as to give Winston a time to cool down and calm down. So yes, I definitely provide toys and etc in his XPen. I want him to learn to have an "off" switch but as a puppy, sometimes you just have to create the "off" for them. So "time outs" just mean play time in the exercise pen, a short nap in the crate, or using his "go to your mat" command.
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My boys are allowed on the furniture. I just love to cuddle them, there is no way I could be consistent about not letting them on. One look and they would be right in my lap.

In terms of "time outs," I don't use time outs as punishment so much as to give Winston a time to cool down and calm down. So yes, I definitely provide toys and etc in his XPen. I want him to learn to have an "off" switch but as a puppy, sometimes you just have to create the "off" for them. So "time outs" just mean play time in the exercise pen, a short nap in the crate, or using his "go to your mat" command.
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In terms of "time outs," I don't use time outs as punishment so much as to give Winston a time to cool down and calm down. So yes, I definitely provide toys and etc in his XPen. I want him to learn to have an "off" switch but as a puppy, sometimes you just have to create the "off" for them. So "time outs" just mean play time in the exercise pen, a short nap in the crate, or using his "go to your mat" command.
Oh I agree. If it sounded like I looked at them as punishment I didn't mean to I too put toys in her xpen and such, I just wanted to make sure I had the concept of giving a time out correct. What I do is calmly put her in her xpen and give her 3-4 of her toys, usually 2 stuffingless and 2 durable chews like Nylabones. If she plays fine, but like I said she usually just falls asleep with or without initial whining. The leading the dog to a spot and tethering them for 15-30 seconds sounds weird to me!
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As puppies, I had leashes on my dogs in the house, not to tether them, but to control them. Brady until he was about six months old and MacKenzie until she was about 8 months old.

I would tether them to me at times, like when I was cooking dinner or sometimes just when I was sitting down watching TV. This helped when I didn't necessarily want to crate them at that time, but wanted them near me so I could keep an eye on them, especially during housebreaking.

Most of the time it just made things easier to control them, they would drag their leash, and I would have something to quickly grab and control them when they were heading in a room they were not yet allowed, chasing a cat or when Brady was a landshark to my kids.

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The thing is about allowing them on the furniture, is that you end up covering up the furniture, which hides the couch,or chairs, we use to not let them on the couch, except for spencer,well once he passed my husband started letting them on the furniture, i really prefer they not be on it.

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Laughing..

I am so sorry to laugh. But I have covers on my furniture and the kids are allowed up. They are part of the family and I made that decision early on. You must make a decision and you both have to do it! I am sure the dog is confused if sometimes it can and sometimes it can't. Good luck.
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