Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nacho News

Nacho, Nacho, Nacho. My name is Nacho, and I like steak and tacos! Ole! (my song I sing to Nacho- he loves it) We are loving almost every second with our 7 and a half week old, 10 pound, Golden Labrador.Nacho is growing so fast, he loves the new experiences each day brings! 

Nacho's favorite activities are:

Digging holes, until he gets dirt in his mouth, then bougie is done with that. 


Playing with Dad (Nacho thinks fingers and toes are for nibbling)


Wind, wind in the car, wind outside, wind is amazing ya'll. On the real.


Very Very short afternoon walk/jogs with Mom, that usually start/break/ and end like this


Sometimes Nacho gets spooked/tired/distracted/ super spoiled and decides he can't walk another step. Other dogs with loud barks frighten little Nacho, but he knows who will protect him!

Come on, carry me please!
Suckaaaa
Nacho also enjoys watching TV, he's especially keen on current events. So smart.


Nacho has excelled in his crate training, the crate works wonders. He will not use the restroom in his crate. When we bring him outside, he goes one and two like clockwork. However, he has issues alerting us as to when he needs to go outside. If he goes to the door we take him out,however he's not always great about going when brought outside. Le sigh. It's been a good two days though so he is learning! Nacho also can not have a lick of table food. Nick gave him a piece of steak Sunday afternoon, and that turned out to be the biggest mistake ever. Insert crying, begging, yelping every time we stood by ANY counter on Sunday afternoon and all day Monday. Thankfully, his memory is as small as his blatter, as this habit seems to have been broken by Tuesday.

While training this little sweet innocent puppy is hard work, and sometimes tests our patience, I look down and see this precious wittle face, and I remember a well behaved dog will be worth the hard work. Sweet sweet Nacho. Geez louise he is so.darn.cute.


Tips and tricks in getting your puppy to go to the door to be let out?

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18 comments:

  1. I have a six year old cocker spaniel and we had a hard time training him. We did use the crate but had the same problem with getting him to let us know. Our best solution was rewarding him with a treat. Once we did that he was trained in under a week. Of course he would sometimes go outside and barely go just to get a treat, but it has really worked for us. He has had maybe five accidents since then and that was six years ago. A lot of those accidents have happened in new places or when we had company and they didn't know to let him out. Good luck

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  2. We have always trained our dogs by putting a bell on the door. We reward them for ringing the bell. When they ring the bell we know they have to go out. Then if they do their business we reward them like a crazy person, high pitch voice, lots of hugs and kisses, and we give them a treat. In the beginning they won't know to ring the bell, so every time you carry them out ring the bell with their paw or nose. It works WONDERS. Good luck!

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  3. We have a two year old Yellow Lab and Golden Retriever Mix, so seeing your pictures brings back some memories of the tiny puppy days! Although she takes a lot of time and energy, our Lucy is a hilarious and sweet dog who makes it all worth it! We are lucky enough to have a doggie door, so I have no house training advice, but here is my two cents for this breed: they are extremely intelligent and are very routine-oriented. With Lucy, we have found that anything we do one time with her, she expects us to do it again. That's why she isn't allowed people food either! :) Good luck and enjoy that adorable Nacho!

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  4. Those ears in the picture of him riding in the car get me every time!!!! :D

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  5. OMG THOSE LITTLE PUPPY EARS FLAPPING IN THE WIND! MY HEART JUST MELTED! (yes, those ears deserved all caps) :)

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  6. So so sooo cute! My dogs bark to go out AND back in...it gets kinda annoying. If you don't get there fast enough, they will come collect you and herd you towards the door. The bell thing is cute, and looking back, I wish I had done that. I have seen some really cute bells on braided ropes or other things for the dogs to hit and let you know they need out.

    Take so many pictures...they are adorable when they are that small.

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  7. AH NACHO, you are too stinkin' cute! I also recommend doing the bell on the door trick. We are going to implement that with our pup because we are having the same problem. My roommate in college trained her pup to use the bell system, and she picked up on it really fast and did well with it. Good luck! And, yay for sweet (and crazy) puppies!

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  8. I second the bell suggestion!! It is an amazing tool and we can take it with us to hotels, when we stay with in-laws, etc. It made training a breeze as a puppy and has stuck with him to this day, 4 years later. Good luck!!

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  9. We had a fairly easy time training our puppy when we got her back in November, but she was a a few months older than Nacho. We took her out frequently and praised her (with treats!) when she did her business outside. For the first few weeks it was stressful though because you feel like you can't let them out of your sight for a single second for fear they'll go inside! We tried putting one of those pads by the door, but she never used it. My main suggesion is to just take her out frequently, reward her for going, and before you know it she'll be letting you know herself!

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  10. Oh yeah, I totally just remember this little tid bit too... when we first got our dog (a Boxer), we didn't have kids yet, but knew we would, and we were told to mess with her and her food while she was eating to kind of train her not to get defensive, or bite while she's eating, you know in case a little one were to crawl up while she's eating or whatever, and really worked well - our dog has never snapped at our now 3 1/2 year old twins, and they torment the crap out of her! Nacho is suppppppper cute! Makes me wish we had a puppy, but I think I'll just live vicariously through you instead ;)

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  11. 100% team doggy bell. It's the best thing we ever taught our pups. And they caught on so quick!

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  12. I've heard the bell thing works really well. Our bull terrier is 8 yrs old so we're all on the same wavelength on walk times and when she needs to go out. Right now she goes out(approx) 8-9am, 4pm, 7pm, 10-11pm. Sometimes once more in the afternoon if I take her out in the car with me.
    I also have found that if you use a phrase or word while they're going/should be going, they kinda learn that to be their cue. I tell mine,"hurry hurry, the faster you go the faster we go inside!" My mom tells her chihuahua mix to "HURRY! I'll throw a rock at you!" Why he believes her is beyond me, tiny brain syndrome I guess ;)

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  13. What a cutie!!! With my pup, I put his leash on the ground in front of the door I wanted him to associate with going outside to "potty." Every single time he went near the leash/door, I said, "you need to go potty?" leashed him up, and took him outside repeating "go potty" to help him associate the two. It was a lot of work, I took him out very very often for one full weekend, but after that weekend, he completely understood/associated the door/his leash with going outside to "potty." Bonus- because I took him outside so often, he only ever had one pee accident in the house, ever!

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  14. I know I have said this 8 million times but he is SO CUTE! I have the puppy fever and it's serious over here. If I didn't have an hour commute you can bet I would convince Chris that we were getting a puppy ASAP. I love the picture of you holding him and he is smiling. Little Nacho! I also love that his name is Nacho. I am a crazy dog lady over here.

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  15. We have no animals in our house besides the little humans, but this cutie may change my mind. So adorable!!!

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  16. Oh holy cuteness! Nacho in the mud is my favorite picture ever!!!

    Might I suggest putting a bell or something that jingles at the door? It might stimulate him to think that going outside is fun because he can make noise at the door and get your attention to do what he wants. Also, rewarding him with a tiny treat outside when he does his business might have him realize that hey...every time I do this out here....it is a good thing.

    Also, pick one word and stick to it when using the outside. My dogs respond to "potty" as they know that is what we need to focus on. If I am leaving outside for awhile (we have a fenced in yard) then I will say "want to play outside." They know I am not rushing them if I use the word outside instead of potty.

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  17. Such a CUTE little puppy!!!!! He looks like he is smiling all the time hehe! :)

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  18. I just have to laugh, bc we got our (huge breed) puppy this time last year and we were wondering the same thing. Now our 90 lb dog paws the back door when she wants out. It sounds like she's punching it bc she is so huge! Lol...

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