The Passive Aggressive Puppy

MNuVYHCA new puppy owner swore on Reddit that he had recently punished his new puppy and then woke to find this. An accident or a warning?

I have a friend who was explaining to us how he potty trained his new dog when it walked over and went on his shoe.

Fortunately, Luna is doing well on this front. However, at a recent dinner party, she ran into the dining room before the start of dinner to make her own contribution.

UPDATE: As I was posting this blog and praising my own well-trained dog, Luna proved me wrong right in front of me in the living room as if sensing a need for solidarity with the other puppy.

16 thoughts on “The Passive Aggressive Puppy”

  1. I wonder if the dog had went on the sandal to avoid going on the carpet. That would be a good dog.

  2. Thanks for sharing above information! I really appreciate this post, Puppies are so delightful and just not possible to resist. But we expect them not to peeing and pooing all over the dwelling. So here are some of tips you can use to set up to potty train your puppy:-

    • Understand that puppies needs to go to the bathroom a lot as a young puppy has a very small bladder, and they haven’t yet cultured the talent to control it. So keep it in mind this when it comes to potty training your puppy.

    • Establish yourself as the leader; this will help in earning your puppy’s respect, trust and admiration. And your puppy will star following all your potty training instructions.

    • Uphold a stringent schedule when you take your puppy out to go potty. Travel through the same door and use the same direction. With your awareness of your puppy’s peeing preferences, foresee when she’ll want to urine and bring her to the puppy bathroom.

    • Never forget to encourage your puppy every time she pees in the right spot. Thrash out your cheery, joyful voice and lavish her with adulation and praise. Your puppy now has an emotional ingenious to do her job in the right place.

  3. If you think the dog was bad, my dad used to do the exact same thing when I’d bring dates to the house.

  4. Amy, Chinese Crested dogs are lovely! Some years ago a friend I was visiting, knowing my appreciation of odd looking fish (I was into the fish hobbyist mode at that time) and my affection for dogs told me there was something I needed to see, ‘you’re just gonna’ loooooove this’, and got her current copy of Dog Fancy magazine. It had a story on Chinese Crested dogs. She was right! It was love at first sight. That breed was at the top of my list if it ever happened that we would get another dog. I envy you totally. 🙂

  5. The dinner party thing- had she been present at other large gatherings? I ask because even very young dogs are territorial. Seeing a bunch of strangers invade HER house may have motivated her to proclaim, by marking, that they were just guests in HER house. Mineminemine!

    Or, dogs do communicate with each other by smell. If your dog is smelling the neighborhood dog relief spots s/he is learning a lot about the dogs that use it and leaving his/her own message to them. “Reading his mail” is what a friend of mine called the stops at the special telephone poles, fire hydrant etc. when she walked her dogs. Maybe Luna was just introducing herself to the guests.

  6. Amy: My dog has the option; he has a comforter near my side of the bed in the master bedroom, and an identical comforter in his own bedroom. Usually when I go to bed he curls up in the master, but my wife (who on work nights comes to bed a few hours after me) says he leaves about a half hour after I fall asleep, collects a cookie from her (a dog biscuit, but he knows them as cookies), then heads for his own room for the rest of the night. The only time he stays the night in the master (or returns) is if there is thunder.

  7. I say accident. If the pup dropped a deuce on the sandal then it would be a warning.

  8. A puppy shouldn’t be allowed to roam free unsupervised. It’s like giving a baby run of your house. Crate training is very important to do — prevents accidents and lets the dog know what’s expected of him. I have a baby Chinese Crested, a breed supposedly very difficult to train and I trained her to not only go outside but inside on a pee pad in just a few weeks. The New Skete Monk books on dog training are very good.

    I did learn that she was sad when crated outside my bedroom. I moved her into a big recycling container from my neighbors, with her bed and pee pad inside. It’s partly see-through and she could see me in bed and smell me in the room. Instead of crying at night she immediately curled up and went to sleep. This I only had to do for, maybe four days, and then I had her mostly toilet-trained. (I figured this out, not because I’m a dog genius, but via the New Skete puppy book, saying that 80 percent of the behavior problems they encounter are in dogs not allowed to sleep in the bedroom with the master (which doesn’t necessarily mean they sleep in your bed with you — I know some people have a problem with that).

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